Answer: Write them down in a secure journal or use an online password manager.
If you have only one password that you use universally, it's time to make a change. Using the same password for multiple accounts and services can compromise your online security and allow hackers to access personal information if that password is identified.
That means it’s important to have a unique, complicated password for every account and service you use. Hackers constantly develop more advanced computers that can break into accounts through what is called “bruteforcing” – guessing billions of passwords until the right one is eventually found. The more complicated the password, the harder it is for it to be guessed by a computer.
But remembering all those complex passwords would be extremely difficult, which means you’ll need a method for storing and organizing them. Try out one (or both) of the tips below to increase your password security.
- Use a secure online password manager like LastPass. This online service works like a bank vault: create one super-strong password to keep all your passwords secure inside. LastPass has an easy-to-view database of all your saved passwords and can even automatically fill in passwords when you log in to a website. LastPass offers options to upgrade for additional features. Visit www.lastpass.com for more information.
- Write your passwords down in a journal or notecard and keep it in a secure location. If you prefer to keep your passwords stored away from the digital world, the handwritten method works as well. Just make sure to keep the list in a secure place where only you can access it.
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