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Sunday, March 1, 2015

1567. Alternatives to password manager.

Although I understand the need to use a password manager so I don't have to remember the millions of passwords I use daily. I know that there are some people that aren't comfortable using a password manager and would rather not. Have you got any tips for those people on how to create reasonable passwords that you can actually remember? 

I can understand the concern people have for a password manager. Can you really trust somebody that gives you something for free? Or for very little money? There must be something wrong with what they are doing to get money for their time. At least they are up front with you. Here is something for free and all you have to do is give them your most secret information that is protecting all of your money.

Are we crazy?

Here are some options:

1. Use upper and lower case and special characters. 8 in length, This will take 2 years to hack,
2. Length over complexity. 10 character password - 1 week to hack. 15 characters 1.49 centuries.
3. Do not use dictionary words, slang, names, or email addresses, Use a passphrass that means something. Don't use a totally random set of 10 numbers, symbols, and characters. Just too hard to remember.
4. Don't disclose your passwords to anyone. And don't write them down. Would you go on vacation and leave your key taped to the front door handle?
5. Be vigilant. Don't leave your computer open when you walk away.
6. Get a password manager. It is worth it. 1Password, Lastpass, and KeyPass are all good password managers.

For more details on the list of options:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-safe-password-can-actually-remember/

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