Need stronger passwords?
Passwords are the weakest link in the chain for most peoples online security. A password management program enables you to have strong and unique passwords for all your logins.
I recommend and use the Roboform Password Manager as part of my Super Strong Passwords Made Easy.
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WHY YOU NEED A PASSWORD MANAGER
Password Management programs are a solution to the pain of creating and remembering strong passwords
Since we started using computers they have grown increasingly powerful but our own ability to remember passwords has not changed. For a long time we have been told we need a minimum of 8 characters and then we are to avoid dictionary words, include a mix of upper and lower case letters and at least one number and/or special character. Many systems actually enforce this.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ANY TOTALLY RANDOM EIGHT CHARACTER PASSWORD CAN NOW BE CRACKED IN UNDER TWO HOURS !
There is still a lot of advice and online systems out there telling us that we only need an 8 character password, but recently tests were done using regular PC’s fitted with inexpensive video accelerators (used in gaming) and a brute force (process of going through every possible combination) cracking program and it was found that ANY totally random 8 character password could be cracked in under two hours. Using the extensive cracking dictionaries available, most passwords would probably be cracked in only minutes.
MOST PEOPLE USE WEAK PASSWORDS
Many of us who follow the guidelines, be it voluntarily or because they are enforced, are using passwords that humans would find very hard to guess but computers can crack easily. Many of us are also committing our “secure” password to memory and then using it for all the systems we need to log into.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE IS…
Using the same password for different systems. Doing this is extremely dangerous because once one account is compromised, ALL of your accounts are compromised. This means that a bot (automated program to hack into accounts) or a human hackercan easily find all your other accounts and gain access to your life!
Using a single password is like setting up your security behind dominos. Once one falls, all the rest follow. You need strong passwords for even the unimportant accounts, including the ones you think you will never use again.
HOW IDENTITY THEFT WORKS
In order to perform identity theft, a cyber criminal collects information about you from multiple sources and is able to put together enough information to gain access to your bank accounts and other sensitive information.
HOW STRONG DOES A PASSWORD HAVE TO BE?
According to Microsoft, the minimum length password you should be using is 14 characters long. Most of us have enough trouble remembering a random 8 character password. Surely 14 is overkill? Not really. The real strength in a password comes from the length. Using three random words would be sufficient to keep a brute force hacking program busy for thousands of years. Unfortunately in their wisdom, most modern password systems will not allow you to just use three random words joined together. They require you include mixed case and usually at least one number or special character.
THE BIG PROBLEM
We really need to have strong passwords of 12 or more characters, which include mixed case and numbers, and/or special characters for each of the systems we use. How can we remember a list of strong passwords?
You could write them all down and keep them in a diary or on a sheet in your drawer but is that really secure?
Even if you could secure the list, it would still be a pain to pull it out and look up the required password each time you wanted to use it.
What if you needed to remember just one strong password which would give you access to all the systems you need to access but each system still had its own highly secure password? This is what a Password Management program does. They have been around now for a long time and are robust and secure. They integrate with all browsers and not just keep the list of strong passwords for each system, but will actually log you into the system with one click.
They don’t just make managing a list of strong passwords easier, but make the entire
process of logging into secure sites much easier and without compromising security.
You can create really strong passwords for all your systems and you never need to remember them. It will even generate the passwords for you so you don’t need to think them up. If you do want to make up your own secure passwords, check out our strong password creation system.
EVERYONE SHOULD BE USING A PASSWORD MANAGER
This is one of those affordable no brainer solutions that not just fix a problem but actually make life easier!
WHICH PASSWORD MANAGER SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
We recommend RoboForm
It’s one of the original and best Password Managers available. It’s easy to use but also offers a lot of advanced features that you can use if you want to.
AN INEXPENSIVE SOLUTION FOR ALL YOUR DEVICES
RoboForm only costs $9.95 for the first year and is available for all your devices.
Support for all the major Web browsers
Internet Explorer | Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Mac OS X | Opera
Keep it all on a USB with RoboForm 2Go
Load it on your iPhone / iPad / iPod
You can also put it on your Android and BlackBerry
There is even RoboForm for Biometrics
Watch RoboForm Password Manager in Action
Get RoboForm today and make your life easier. The Pro version will allow you to store unlimited passwords and use them anywhere (the Free trial version is limited to 10 passwords).