Passwords are important, I don’t think anyone would dispute that. And in today’s day and age, most sites are requiring that passwords are “complex”. A complex password is one that has multiple nuances to it making it harder to crack by a hacker. Examples of those nuances are upper case letters, numbers and special characters. The challenge for a user is coming up with complex passwords and remembering them. This is particularly difficult when different sites use different rules about what makes a password complex. Some sites require a special character like a ‘$’. Other sites restrict any special characters and don’t allow them at all. Some require a capital letter and others don’t. The same same disparity exists with using numbers. So what is an average user to do who has passwords for multiple apps and websites?
There is always the age old method of writing them down on a sticky note and pasting it on your monitor, but that pretty much defeats the purpose of having a private password. Slightly more secure is creating a spreadsheet with all of your passwords in it and putting a password on that spreadsheet. But that method has its challenges as well as breaking the password on a spreadsheet is not that difficult for someone who really wants to break it.
Don’t worry though, you can sleep at night again as there are options that can help. You can use a third party system that is purpose built for password management. As example of one of these is LastPass. These systems store all of your passwords for you and have very tight security to ensure that your passwords are safe. Many of these systems have browser and app based versions and will manage all of the password for you so all you need to do is remember one complex password to the system.
Michael Giuffrida from Southington CT has been operating businesses since 1997. He is an experienced entrepreneur in business management, profitable growth, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and information technology managed services.