Reuse of a Password Spells – T R O U B L E

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Computer Related Article
By: Will Claney


If there were a way to surf the web and never have to remember only one password as long as you live, would you be interested? The reason I mention this is there is a magic app that says, “abracadabra and presto” and your password is automatically recalled for your web site, best of all you didn’t need to memorize a thing after your first log-in.

You do realize, I hope you do, that all log-ins requires a user name and password; we call these “credentials”. Let me repeat, all sites that ask you for a user name (like your email address/name) requires a password.

Many times the first time you open or use an account, you installed both a user name and a password. Then forgot what you have done. Most people do not remember this step and it is confusing and can result in a lock out of your site. The reason for the lock is that you forgot your credentials.

While logging in to a new web site, the first time, you entered your credentials, then, perhaps, you checked the box that said, “Remember Me”. That information (your credentials) is stored in a password manager so the next time you log in it remembers who you are. Most users think the site no longer needs your credentials, but trust me, they do. When we ask most folks, what their password is they say, “I don’t have one”. Well, you simply forgot the process. It’s okay, I am going to fix this for you.

Macs, iPhones, tablets, etc. have a password manager called Keychain and it is very competent, stores your credentials, and inserts them when visiting one of your favorite sites. Windows has a fair password manager, but it could use some help.

I use two password managers, one for personal information and log in and another for business purpose. I could store all my credentials on one manager, but I am redundant. Each password manager needs, well you guessed it, a master password. Forget the master password and all your efforts to save and remember your web site passwords is gone. Forget the master password to a password manager, all is lost. All. So, for me, I keep my master passwords in the password manager. I just have to remember one of them and both can be retrieved.

I use a password manager for my iPhone 7 and PCs at work. I currently have in excess of 200 passwords stored and my manager lets me know if I try to reuse one. Oh by the way, the manager can generate a unique password, or you can makeup your own.