Password Management

Password Problems and Solutions

Are you like many computer or smartphone
users when it comes to passwords?
If you have reused a password on more
than one web site then we’re talking
to you. A password is your secret key to
the digital world but they are subject to
hacking.

I am not talking about hacking your computer;
I am talking about hacking Wal-Mart,
Equifax, and companies like Facebook.
Why do you care? Each time a major
company is breached all their records
wind up on the dark-web, that means
hackers are selling your log-in name
and of course your password.

After a few hacker breaches, crooks
cross-reference one breach database
(your name) against another to find
some commonality. There you are, or
should I say, there are all your
credentials. It doesn’t take a genius
to assemble a list with your passwords.
Even amateurs can get involved,
Google “hacking websites”.

A password is, “A secret word or phrase
that must be used to gain admission to
something,” according to Wikipedia.
Use passwords to verify that it is
truly you asking for entrance and
not some hacker, virus, or malicious
player trying to gain access to your
secrets.

Know this: You should not reuse passwords.
Reusing a password is like having no
password at all for hackers.

Do you shop on line? Did you buy
something from a store on the web?
Do you check your bank account records,
perhaps you trade stocks or buy
real estate? You, my friend, are
a target.

It wasn’t that long ago we recommended
creating a password based upon a
favorite activity like shopping,
camping, or sports like baseball to
make remembering them easier.
For example, the password using
baseball would look something like
“B@$eBa11”. By now you know weak
passwords like, “Password, pa$$word,
passw0rD” are easy hacks and should
never-ever be used again.

So many passwords. Use a complex
password to protect your secrets
and you will be much safer.
But, how do you remember a
password like, “X4~?rqtz” ?

Enter a great solution called a
password manager. A password
manager will keep track of all
your web site passwords.
It will create complex and un-hackable
passwords for you or will make
suggestions about the passwords
you create. Need to change passwords,
like you should about every three
months or so, then password manager
can do it for you then update your
saved password to the new one.

Find out more from your friendly
Managed Service Provider (MSP).

In conclusion, if remembering and
managing multiple passwords is a
task, or if you are not creative
with passwords that you can remember,
then a password manager is your best
solution. I use KeeperMSP. It is
easy to use, stores all your secrets,
it is inexpensive and it’s managed for
you, i.e. local help is available.
Depending on your needs, it ranges
from four to eight dollars a month,
fully managed, installed and setup
for you.

Now go do passwords right.