These days, we are bombarded with online memberships, email accounts, and other applications that require you to create a username and a password. We have so many that it’s easy to forget your passwords. But there are ways to remember and mange your passwords without clicking the “Forgot your password?” link.
It is important to know how to choose a good password. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters no more than eight characters long. You should also mix uppercase and lowercase passwords that are case-sensitive. Avoid using common words or phrases and numbers that are associated with your birthday, phone number, or Social Insurance Number.
Reusing the same password for all of your accounts may seem like an easy way to remember your passwords, but this method is far from safe. If thieves hack into your account and find out what your password is, they will use the same password to access your other accounts and personal information. If it’s easier for you, you can use the same username for every site. Also, if you choose to write your passwords down, keep them locked up.
Develop a password system so that you can memorize your passwords. Using a combination of numbers, special characters, and some elements from the names of the websites, you can create passwords that are unique and memorable without having to write them down.
Selecting the option to remember your password for particular website browsers, such as Firefox and Internet Explorer is a simple way to manage your online passwords. All you need to do is click “Yes” when you are asked if you would like your browser to save and store your password.
Using password management software is also an effective way to remember your passwords for more than just the Internet and for added security. These types of software are more versatile and can come pre-installed on your computer, like Apple’s Keychain. What works best is to try out a few different ones to see which software you’re most comfortable with. Above all, keep your passwords safe and remember to change them at least once a month.