Keeping track of the passwords for on-line accounts is an increasingly challenging task. Just about every aspect of our lives involves some form of on-line communication. Banking, social media accounts, communications, smart devices – at every turn, we are logging on and off. Authentication is also more important as cyber criminals are finding very clever ways to gain access to our accounts for the purpose of identity theft.
If you sat down to calculate the number of on-line accounts associated with your email and/or phone number, it may be more than 20 – and setting and remembering secure passwords can be a challenge.
Phil Taylor is the owner of Professional Computer Services with stores in Granite Bay and Roseville. “The passwords should include a mix of letters, small and upper case, numbers and special symbols”, he said, “And so you will want to have your own personal system that you do not share with others.”
Below are Taylor’s tips to set and remember secure passwords.
First, make a conversion chart for letters and symbols. For example, the “s” may be represented by a dollar sign. Here is an example:
P A $ $ w o r D 1 7 0
In the example above there are three upper case letters and dollar signs standing in for the “s” and the number on the end.
Second, with your conversion chart then you can make up passwords that you can remember, like your pet name combined with the name of the town you were bonr (this is a tip for creating a pen name).
Third, if you are keeping a master list of passwords, then store it on a thumb drive attached to your key ring, do not leave it on your local drive. There are apps designed to allow you to store passwords, but Taylor recommends an off-line approach. “If you keep your password list attached to your key chain, it is not likely to be misplaced and you will always have it with you when you need it,” he said.
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