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    Password security is not a very exciting subject, but it is extremely important. With the recent breach to millions of Adobe users accounts, password security deserves some of your attention.

    Let Go of Old Passwords

    Creating passwords is probably one of the first things you did online. These passwords become engraved in your mind.

    Over time, you add some numbers after the name of your favorite dog (i.e., Oscar1234). You might have slight variations, but ultimately Oscar is your key to unlock the internet.

    Creating passwords is probably one of the first things you did online.

    This strategy may have worked fine for you, but it’s clearly not without its risks. If somebody gets access to one of your passwords, they basically have them all.

    The Basics of Password Security

    There’s a few things you can do to ensure you have better password security. There’s lots of advice on the subject, but here is what Google recommends:

    1. Use a unique password for each of your important accounts like email and online banking.
    2. Use a long password made up of numbers, letters and symbols.
    3. Set up your password recovery options and keep them up-to-date.

    There’s nothing too surprising on the list, but the bigger challenge comes down to implementation. It’s hard to remember a lot of unique passwords.

    There’s nothing too surprising on the list, but the bigger challenge comes down to implementation.

    Sure, you can store this information somewhere like a Word doc. However, the location where you store these passwords is important. It needs to be secured. This is where password management applications enter the picture.

    Password Management Apps

    Password Managers help keep track of your unique passwords. They provide a solution that is intended to be easy to use and secure.

    Password Managers help keep track of your unique passwords.

    Most of these apps come with browser extensions so that when you are browsing the web you can have the password manager remember and autofill your online passwords.

    LastPass and 1Password are two of the more popular password management solutions. This post won’t get into the specifics of these apps, and it’s important to remember that even using a password management app is not a 100% secure solution.

    Change Your Passwords Often

    Whether you use a password manager or not, it’s a good idea to change your passwords often. If you’ve been dependent on “Oscar 1234” since you first signed in to AOL, now might be a good time to get a new password and/or a new dog.

    Do you use a password management app that you recommend? Please leave any suggestions in the comments…

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