So the conversation goes like this…
Husband: “It’s asking for my password – what is it?”
Me: “Which password are you looking for - email, iTunes, computer, Facebook, twitter, bank, boneyard, Netflix, Hulu, eBay, network, or your phone?
Husband: “I don’t know!”
Me: “Did you try the one with: a capital letter? 8 digits? Special character? Numbers at the end? Is there a ‘forgot your password’ link?”
Sound familiar? If you are on password overload you are not alone!
Almost every site today requires a password if you interact with it on any level – posting comments, download documents, pay bills, sharing pictures or just logging on to your computer.
If you use a computer at work, the number of passwords can be even greater – and probably needs to be changed every 3 to 6 months without repeating a previously used one!
I find it amazing that a hacker can probably figure out your password faster than you can remember it?
I do not recommend putting them all in a book that you store next to your computer, or, that you put it on a sticky note on your monitor! Also, do not opt for an easy password like “1234” or “password.” Those are the most commonly used and the easiest to hack!
Yes, I have seen all of these done. If you use a Mac, most of your passwords are stored in utility called KEYCHAIN. It resides in your utilities folder. As long as you remember your computer admin password you can retrieve all passwords that you have used on the computer! Other programs include KeePass and LastPass. Both programs encrypt your passwords and reside on your computer and can be used on smart phones as well.
Now, what was my password to post this?