Passwords & Password Managers

Why use a password manager?

Because people tend to have multiple accounts, the temptation is to use the same password for every account (particularly if they have a favorite password that is easy to remember). This is a dangerous practice; should the password fall into the hands of another person, they now have access to all of the accounts "protected" by that password. The best practice is to have a unique strong password for each account.

Using a password manager will make your online life easier and more secure. You won't need to remember a unique, long, complex password for every one of your online accounts. Instead, the password manager remembers your passwords for you and quickly generates new, strong passwords so you'll never have to reuse any. The only password you'll need to remember is the "master" password to the password manager itself.

Password Manager Recommendations

For each unique account, we know it is best to have a unique password. All thsoe passwords can be hard to remember! It is easiest to use a password manager: many have a free option that works great.

Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer all have built in password managers. If you plan to use your passwords across devices, you may benefit from a password manager like one of these:
 

1 Password (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)

KeePass (Linux, Windows, Mac, Android)

DashLane (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

 

Creating Secure Passwords

 

Creating an easy to remember, secure pasword can be simple.Lots of password managers come with a generator, or you can use a free online password generator

A passphrase, made up of a few words, is easy to remember but hard to guess. You can make the words mean something to you, or choose at random!

 

The comic below (source: XKCD) explains this random word technique:

 

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