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Getting to Grips With Passwords.

Mark Dalton - Monday, April 21, 2014

Last week I was speaking to a client about data security best practices and the subject of passwords came up. 

We talked about how passwords ideally should not be dictionary words, and how they should use a selection of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. We discussed how they should be at least 8 characters long and how they should be changed on a regular basis. Oh and how you should never use the same password more than once.

Now why all this is great advice it's not exactly practical given the vast number of usernames and passwords we all have to manage these days.

This got me thinking about how I personally deal with the password problem. The answer is of course quite simple. I use a Password Manager.

A Password Manager is a software program that securely stores all your usernames and passwords in an encrypted database so you don't have to remember them. A good Password Manager will also generate complex passwords for you and automatically fill in forms when required. This is great as is means you don't have to keep thinking up new passwords or type them in. The only password you need to remember is the one to your Password Manager.

Two Password Managers we like here at The Tech Lounge are 1Password and LastPass. Both provide a wealth of features and integrate well with the major web browsers. 


1Password is available for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android.

1Password allows you to keep all your devices in sync using DropBox.

1Password is available as a 30-day evaluation and comes with a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee.



LastPass is available for Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Windows Smart Phones, BlackBerry and Android.

 

LastPass provides a free and premium options.

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