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Password Secrets Darling-shhhhh, don't tell! 7 Top Tips To Crafting Smart Passwordss

The digital age has brought with it, passwords.  So many passwords!

Your phone needs a password, the WiFi needs one, the computer, laptop or tablet and most apps and even you're electric company, the IRS and your email needs one.

And we know each one should be unique and hard to guess to protect our privacy. Many experts recommend using a password generator or online password service.

Be aware that when you use a password manager or keep your device- online privacy is absolutely not guaranteed.

  • A secret not known by most of us is that Password generator companies like 1 Password and 1Password, Dashlane,  KeePass  and LastPass is that  ISE, Independent Security Evaluators Found they were not completely secure- here's their recent case study
  • Be really mindful of who could have access to your computer if you're one who feels comfortable keeping your passwords stored to your browser or on your computer. If someone hacks, has access to or takes your computer, their just one password away from all your passwords if they are saved on you laptop, tablet or desktop.
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    Here's Why We actually love writing our passwords down and tucking them away. 

    • We feel analog is safer.  There's a much greater chance our devices will be hacked, then someone coming in and finding our tiny password book hidden in our drawer or dresser.
    • Writing it down is better for our brain may even help us actually remember our passwords. This really cool study in Trends in Neuroscience and Education,  showed that when children reproduced a single letter by drawing it on plain paper, vs tracing it over a dotted outline or typing it- they activated three distinct areas of their brains.  We also know from another study that we learn something better when we write it down.
    • We're not as stressed trying to remember every password and it lets us be more creative when we know we've got them written down.

     

    Whether you write them down or use a password manager-Password Best Practices:

    • Change them often!  Every 90 days at least
    • Sentences and Paraphrases are best
    • No shorter than 17 characters
    • Don't repeat passwords on different sites- if one is hacked, your other accounts or more easily hacked
    • "Password" is not a great password, same for your birthday, address or kids address
    • Change up those "Extra security questions" with made up answers to things like, "What's your favorite food?" and "What's your mothers maiden name?" There's no law that says your bank or health insurance need the actual truth to these questions.
    • Keep your written passwords hidden in safe spot

     

    Don't forget to change your WiFi Password!  Here's How!

    And change your phones Airdrop Name!  Here's How!

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