First off, let me just say this: Yes, passwords are important. Many of us tell ourselves that they are just formalities, or that you don’t store information online or on a hard drive, but the facts are this: Someone, somewhere, “keeps your record on file.” I’m not saying we should all have less faith in our neighbors, but someone is keeping close tabs on you, and there is no harm in protecting yourself. So change your password. It is the simplest and least expensive identity and privacy protection you can get.
So, now that that diatribe is out of the way, let’s be frank about the actual password. In short, make it a good one. Yup, having your child’s and/or pet’s name as your password, not such a good idea. And don’t even try to keep inquiring minds away with “love” or “god.”
And having the same password for all site – phones – computers (computer admin, email, social media, shared accounts, billing and bank services) is not practical or fruitful.
One solution: Password Managers to help keep the login info within reach.
Our 3 Preferred Password Managers: LastPass, Roboform, 1Password. All 3 of these are compatible with Windows, Mac, iPhone, Andorid, iPad. LastPass & Roboform are more versatile in that both support Windows Phones and LastPass supports Blackberry devices. We like LastPass Premium the best of the three. All 3 of these excellent Password Managers will generate and save non-pronounceable passwords for you.
A few good choices
Password Generator (like this one – you can save a copy of page on your desktop – so it doesn’t access internet when setting passwords)
Note: all Password Managers mentioned above will also generate very secure passwords.
PS This is an update of a September 30, 2010 post. Those of you who followed this advice from four years ago then most likely will find it much easier to update passwords using one of the Password Managers I mentioned.
PPS Worst passwords you can use (aka most common) – Top 10