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Passwords

Do you have trouble remembering your passwords? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
With seemingly every website needing an account and password these days it can be tough to keep them all in line — and in our minds. Here are just a few tips to help remember passwords:

• Write them down
This is the simplest solution out there. If you have a tough time remembering passwords just write them down on a piece of paper, or have a little notebook filled with your passwords. Doing this will save you the hassle of trying to remember, or having to go through the reset password process on your account.

• Keep them in a Password Manager Program
Now this option may be a little scary to some, but there are password managers that can store your passwords online and you access them with a master password (LastPass, Dashlane, etc.). Now some people will not be comfortable keeping their passwords on a server online for fears of getting hacked, and that’s totally understandable. But this is another option other than writing them down. I used to keep mine in a password manager, but rarely ever used it and I found it easier to just write them down.

• Make sure your passwords are secure
Oh, the times I’ve come across passwords, such as “password,” pet’s names, or even birthdays. While these may be easy to remember they are not secure passwords and could be very easily be hacked. Most websites do a better job now of making you have a secure password, but if you haven’t changed your password in awhile this may not affect you yet. The general consensus is that your password should be at least eight characters long, have upper and lowercase letters, at least one number and at least one symbol. Now a password like this can be tough to remember, but it is secure and if you write it down it shouldn’t be much trouble.

• Organizing your passwords
This is more of a tip that I follow myself, but it might help you as well.
At least once a year, I go through all of my passwords and make sure they are correct and change any if I need to. I also check to make sure that accounts that have a recovery phone number or email have my correct information. This way I know that when I go to sign in to any of my accounts I know my information is correct, and I won’t have to try to remember what it could be or go through the reset process. It also gives me the chance to organize my password book and put things where they need to be.

There are many other password tips out there to use, but these are just a few to share this week. Don’t take passwords lightly. They are used for a reason and they can sometimes protect very valuable information. It’s better to go through these tips than to possibly never access your information again because you forgot your password.
If you have any questions about passwords, give us a call and we can help you out.

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Updated: August 21, 2018 — 7:28 am
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