I remember when I first started with email, corporate email before we had accounts to email each other across the Internet. Yes, this dates me. I was working as a temp at Sprint performing a variety of activities, including logging in and printing the email of the director I was supporting. This was the beginning of learning about passwords.
The years went by and soon I had my own account which turned into accounts and I used the same password for all of them. We’ve heard about the hacking of accounts and maybe even know someone who was hacked. But, when have you really gone into your accounts and taken the time to not only make your passwords more complex, but also varied them from account to account.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote a very poignant article referencing to “The Art of the Password“. It’s worth reading.
I compel you to change your passwords to be more complex to not only protect your children from getting into your personal accounts. (Please tell me you don’t give them your password!) I also compel you use a variety of complex passwords for all your accounts.
You may think it’s too hard to remember a complex password, but it’s not. One secret I use is a Website called Strong Password Generator. I like it because it creates a complex password but also gives you a mnemonic hint to remember it.
Want to take it one more step? I’m a huge fan of password management software. There are a variety of ones out there for purchase, but I have a preference for 1 Password. It works in Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS. I use it every day to help me remember my passwords.
You have different locks for your house and car. Why not take the time to make different passwords for your online life too?