Stop using the same password for everything

Remember when we used to say that writing your password on a Post-It note and sticking it to your monitor was a bad idea? Nowadays that’s probably one of the safer places to keep it. Unfortunately, with just about everything online requiring yet another username and password, your screen would be encircled by a veritable wreath of Post-Its! There is a better way, and it’s NOT to use the same username and password for everything. In fact, studies show that around 81 percent of data breaches are caused by weak or reused passwords. There are several good solutions, which can easily be compared with a quick Google search. Some of the top ones are: LastPass, KeePass, 1Password, and Dashlane. Even Google Chrome is adding a password manager to its feature set. Personally, I use LastPass. A good password manager is worth paying for (although there are free ones), and will allow you to access your passwords anywhere through a mobile app, generate and save secure passwords for you, and warn you if you are using the same password for multiple accounts.

In this new era of data breaches and sophisticated hacking, it’s time to rethink what we think we know about passwords. Either get a password manager or a little notebook to write your account passwords in, but stop using the same password for everything.

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