There has been a common advice given when it comes to Password Security.
Never Write Down Your Password.
But is it still relevant in today’s connected world, when there are huge chances that your passwords are hacked, cracked or stolen my a malware or botnet from your computer.
Two Thumb Rules for Your Password Security
Most people know that there are two important rules for password security. And these are…
- Use strong passwords.
- Never repeat them at more than one place.
But it is easier said than done. Unless you use a robust and convenient password manager like RoboForm, it is extremely difficult for an average computer user to follow both these advice. The result is that he breaches one of them and falls victim to password frauds jeopardizing his privacy and PC Security.
Gunter Ollman has written an interesting blog post and given arguments on why, you should seriously consider writing down your passwords to ensure their security. He gives a priority list on what to do to ensure password security. Here is the list in the descending order of priority.
- Don’t use the same password on multiple websites
- Don’t let your computer “remember” your password!
- Use a “strong” password – preferably something with 12+ mixed characters
- Don’t use a predictable algorithm – e.g. abc123
- Change your passwords regularly. For sites with lots of personal information and associated monies, change every 2-3 months. For other sites, try every 6-12 months.
- Don’t reuse past passwords – even if you think it’s a cool password.
- Don’t write your password down.
Without being repetitive, I give the link. Read the post yourself.
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