A Summary of Password Tips
By: Ross Davis
These past articles are by now means the definitive works on how to create and keep a secure password. There are many different ideas for how to create memorable passwords, and no one way is necessarily the best. I recommend anyone reading this do their own research on the topic, and bellow I will include links to articles, and sites that I believe are a good place to start.
Bellow are some of the points that I would like to re-iterate from the previous articles of this series.
- Your passwords are an important part of your business, and necessary to the security of an IT network.
- A compromised password can lead to anything from embarrassment to outright theft.
- An account, or network is only secure as long as everyone with access has secure passwords.
- Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
- Don’t ever share your passwords, and for your IT departments sake, never write your password on a sticky note to leave on your desktop monitor.
- The most secure passwords are long, complex, and random.
- You are the only person who has to memorize your passwords, so find a system that works for you.
The final thing that I will mention in this series of tips is password management systems. One of the most difficult things about keeping secure passwords is that you need to create so many of them for the many websites that require logins. A password management system may be a solution to this issue, and there are a number of reputable password management websites available. These sites offer to store login information for all of your online accounts, and give access to all of these sites with one master password. Some of the password management sites that Lifehacker recomends are;LastPass,KeePass, or1Password
Reporter Anick Jesdanun mentions in an article for Time that his strategy for storing his many passwords is to simply store them in an Excel spreadsheet; Though he also mentions that this file should be password protected.
Bellow are a few links to articles that may be helpful for finding other tips on creating, and keeping secure passwords.