Password Tip #4 – Self-imposed limitations

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I had my 13-month old daughter on my lap the other day as I was trying to enter a password  and realized that I had to do the whole thing with my left hand!  I hold her in my right arm and am not able to reach the keyboard with my right hand otherwise, she presses keys on the keyboard!

Imposing limitations decreases the overall complexity of a password by reducing the available pool of characters used.  It is therefore highly recommended to add length to your password!  My rule of thumb is to increase password length by one character every 4 elements removed from the available pool.

How to create your password:

  1. Identify your limitation
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Password Tip #3 – Type-ability

The best passwords are those that you can recall from memory and those that you can type easily.  Combining the two is not always easy, but I believe it is worth taking a few extra minutes to make sure that a password is type-able!

While the sample password ssP!0Nnkge from this post, might be easy to recall from memory, is it easy to type? Read the rest of this entry »

Password Tip #2

Start Small

Don’t try to change all your passwords and your entire password generation process in one shot.  It takes time to develop a method that works for you.

Let’s all start today and stop creating accounts using our tried-and-true password.  You know, that one you’ve used for every website from Yahoo! and Google to eBay and iTunes. Read the rest of this entry »

Password Tip #1

Do not store your passwords in a text file on a USB device or in an easily accessible area of your computer, unless the file is encrypted and password protected.

If someone were to get ahold of your computer or solid-state storage device, would they be able to retrieve your passwords for online banking? email? Facebook? Twitter? PayPal?  iTunes? eBay? Starbucks? XBox 360?  Think about your online footprint.  Read the rest of this entry »