Stronger password advice

Like backup advice after your hard drive fails, password advice comes thick and fast whenever there’s been a data breach. The usual line is:

  • Don’t use the same password everywhere
  • Don’t share password with others
  • Don’t use names, pet’s names, birthdays, and other personal information
  • Use letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Have a different password for every account
  • Store passwords in a safe place away from the computer
  • Change passwords often (every 30, 60, 90 days)
  • Make passwords 12, 14, 16 or more characters long

We all know that’s good advice, provided the system we’re using allows, mixed characters and long passwords, of course. But, for anyone with multiple accounts and even more so employers with hundreds of employee logins, the perennial problem is always how to manage all those passwords, how to ensure they’re strong and how to keep them safe. As we’ve mentioned before, that’s where Lastpass comes into its own. As long as you can remember one very good, strong password you can ensure the safety of all your other passwords by locking them in their vault.

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If you use Lastpass, I recommend blocking all IP addresses but your own, disallowing Tor and enabling multi-factor authentication, just to give you greater peace of mind. The program is available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer. There are also premium apps for Android and iOS.