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Keep Your Passwords Secure

In reviewing recent articles from PC Magazine, we noted a few suggestions worthy of passing along to our clients and contacts.

In the age of everything digital, we need passwords more than we need keys. Passwords are needed for almost every site we go to, and for every transaction. But the sad thing is there are hackers out there who are trying to get into your accounts and the more simple the password the easier it is to figure out how to get in.

There are some rules that experts say about password setup.

They should have:

  • 8 characters
  • Contain both upper and lowercase letter
  • Contain symbols

Example: “CapsLow!”

There is also a saying that Passwords are like underwear

  • You should change them often.
  • Don’t share them.
  • Don’t leave them out for others to see.
  • They should be sexy or mysterious. In other words, make your password a total mystery to others.

However, remembering those fancy passwords can be difficult for a lot of people. So don’t worry, there are apps for that. Password management apps that is, and they work by creating great password for every login for you and remembering your username and all you have to remember is one password. You type in one password and the management app auto fills in your username and pass.

Here are some of the best password managers:

Last Pass -There’s a free version of LastPass, which does hold our Editors’ Choice distinction among free password managers, but you can also upgrade to LastPass Premium, which costs a nominal $1 per month.

Dashlane has some neat features related to Internet shopping. It can auto-fill your credit card information so you don’t have to type it and risk having your keystrokes logged, and it takes screencaptures invisibly while you’re checking out so that if something goes wrong, you have evidence of all the pages you saw. Let’s say you buy something online and never receive an email confirmation with a confirmation number. Dashlane will have a screenshot of the confirmation page.

Roboform Everywhere (free; $19.95 per year for “Everywhere” license) RoboForm have been perfecting the art of password management since 1999. Plus RoboForm is the only password manager that offers live phone support, along with 24/7 email support.

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