Passwords are a total pain. Yep. Everyone, largely, hates having to remember them. And they have a nasty habit of catching you out when you don’t expect it. Have you not logged on to that dodgy, forgotten laptop in the bottom-draw of your office in the past 6 months? Well, if you have/haven’t, hopefully, you can remember the password. But, wait, if you go to actually try it and it rejects you, well, what was that password? Ermm, yeah. You’re quite, quietly, ignominiously stuck. It might take a little bit longer to remember it. How about trying to type every password you’ve ever used? ….Nope….Oh dear.
Sometimes, don’t you hope for a better alternative? I can’t give you a solution to that dusty-old laptop-problem. But, if you are someone who is fed up trying to remember the password for this-or-that website, (admit it, you’ve only used most websites you’ve put in a password for, once or twice, so you just have a password you use for all of those little sites) then I’d highly recommend getting a Password Manager. Yep, a PASSWORD MANAGER. GET ONE.
(It is actually cheap-to-free, and a good one is pretty easy to work with.)
Personally, I recommend Lastpass. It is super handy. It is, genuinely, a piece of software worth paying for. It is a piece of software that will make you — once you get the hang of it — never want to go back to the old method of relying upon your failing squidgy bits. Brains just aren’t meant for remembering passwords in a secure way. (Numerous studies and practical reality show.) And, it is hard to replace passwords with anything else. AND, EVERYTHING USES PASSWORDS, basically.
I also recommend two-factor authentication. But, for some people, and in some situations, it’s annoying. Don’t worry about that yet. A Password Manager, for those without either, is a more important bit of kit.
I’ll write another post later, giving a bit more detail, about how to use a Password Manager, and perhaps I’ll compare some of the current offerings. But, this is just a quick tip. If you are having trouble with passwords — or you suspect that ‘EverybodyLovesRaymond’ isn’t a secure password because you’ve used it for the last 7 years on every sad-scrap-of-a-site you’ve visited — then something like Lastpass is well-worth your time. Check it out. Honestly. Life-saver.