Sometimes it feels like I have to create a new password for something every day. And the rules are getting more and more strict, right? You generally need a combination of numbers, upper and lower case letters and symbols. And not only that your password needs to be a minimum length and try not to consist of an actual word.
I’m sure you don’t need me to convince you that a secure password is the way to go.
So how are you supposed to create ultra-secure passwords for everything and keep track them all (because you don’t use the same one for everything, do you?).
There are two tools which I use all the time:
1. Strong Password Generator
The Strong Password Generator is a web page you can use to create secure passwords which meet all the restrictions. For each password you can choose how many characters it contains and whether it includes:
- uppercase letters
- lowercase letters
- symbols (e.g. ?, #, % etc)
And when you’re done with your selections just click the Generate Password button and it will generate a lovely complicated, secure password. Yay!
But when you’ve got your completely unmemorable password, how on earth are you going to remember it? From what I’ve seen Mac computers come with a built in password thingy, so you’re well covered. But us PC users on our Windows computers need to think again. The bit of kit that I have been using for years and swear by is KeePass (yeah, it’s not the prettiest of websites but it’s a great piece of software).
KeePass is a lightweight program which you download and install on your computer. You can then save all your passwords into it and have them at your fingertips. I have to manage hundreds of passwords in my line of work and am happy to have them all available to me in a secure, simple to use way.
Now, I know that there are cloud-based solutions for storing your passwords. You may find that one of those suits you better, but personally I don’t want to trust my (and my clients’) passwords to the cloud. I’m a little old-fashioned that way.