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If your password security sucks, here is what to do about it….

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Please share your clever work-arounds in the comment section.

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 authenication. But, for some people, and in some situations, it can be 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 had the chance to — then something like Lastpass is well-worth your time. Check it out. Honestly. Life-saver.