I have 400 passwords to access 400 websites and/or systems. You cannot find any of my passwords in any dictionary. When allowed, all of my passwords are at least 16 characters in length. Not a single one of my 400 passwords are the same. And all of my passwords look something like this “x6!bhGre4@hKe#OI” or this “1D5hSD1q5GLE&uTn”.
You may ask, how can I possibly remember any, much less 400 passwords that look like that jumbled mess? Easy answer, I don’t. I use software that creates the random password for me and saves my passwords in an encrypted secure file(s).
Common features of a password manager are:
- Strong security
- AutoFill forms and passwords
- Centrally store your passwords
- Generate random very complex passwords
- Store and encrypt your password files
- Integration with your operating system and web browser
1Password (for Mac)
RoboForm Free (up to 10 passwords)
I do recommend that you export a backup of your password files and store them in a safe secure location. If you are not comfortable using a password manager then please see part 2 of my “Your Password is Weak!” post.
John "Mike" Wright