Pop quiz: How many passwords do you have? If you’re like me, the answer is “a bit over two dozen, and that’s all the information I’m giving you.” If you’re like the average Briton in 2012, you might need 20 or so passwords, but you use less than half that number.
Honestly, there’s no reason to use one password for multiple accounts—unless you’re okay with someone hacking into one account and getting access to the others. One unique password per account is not the gold standard of Internet security anymore; it’s the basic standard.
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We’ll talk about what you can do if you can’t remember all those pesky passwords in an upcoming post. Today, let’s focus on how you can choose a password that you will be able to remember.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing a Password
So let’s make this simple. Let’s start with what you don’t want to do when choosing a password:
Okay, enough with the Don’ts. Let’s focus on the Do’s.
We are all familiar with the concept of changing passwords, thanks to the recent information hacks that have come to light. Instead of waiting for some kind of data disaster, it’s a good idea to change your passwords regularly. For your more sensitive accounts, you might feel most comfortable changing passwords every few months. For less important accounts, once or twice a year should be fine.
How to Pick a Password
A successful password is a memorable password. Different people have different ways of coming up with non-word passwords. Choose the option that works for you from the ones listed below.
“Every Morning I Start With A Cup Of Tea.”
This would make your base password “emiswacot.” Add a few symbols and numbers to this, and your password will be extremely difficult to bust.
Hopefully, this has taken some of the fear away from the task of finding a password. Check with us next week as we explore the topic of passwords further.
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