More and more, we’re seeing attention being given to passwords and personal security. It seems obvious that passwords are an integral part of securing your personal data, but that part of the security message seems to have been glossed over until recently. Ever notice the strange looks you get from your friends or even the IT guy when they see you taking precautions to not reveal your passwords? If so, congratulations, you’re ahead of the curve on this one.
A lot of the recent articles and blogs are about creating really good passwords. Many of the ideas are sound: create a string of characters and numbers that you will remember but that can’t be easily guessed – not even by people who know you. Your password shouldn’t be a word or a set of consecutive numbers or letters, or a date, like your birth date or anniversary. (Since your pet’s name is presumably a word, it’s ruled out by default!)
So, now you have a great password – great! But what about the rest of the passwords you need for all those online accounts and applications? What’s that? You only have a couple. Really?
When I ask people about the number of passwords they have, most folks say something like ‘only a couple’, or ‘around 10’. No one ever says 30 or 50 – BUT when you ask them to really think about the number of email accounts (hotmail, yahoo, gmail, etc.), banks, e-commerce sites (amazon, zappos, Barnes & Noble, online department stores, and on and on), travel sites (Travelocity, orbitz, priceline, expedia, etc.) local and other government sites, not to mention blogs and other special interest sites, people are surprised to discover that they really have quite a few. Even your list just keeps getting longer and longer.
Keeping them all straight is a big part of safe password usage. That’s where the password manager comes in. It is very difficult to manage in your head all of the good and unique passwords that you’ll need for all of the sites you visit. If you are stressing and spending lots of energy hiding passwords in your datebook or in spreadsheets, you should consider Sticky Password. You’ll have a strong, unique password for each site and you’ll have access to them wherever you go.
Follow sound rules and create a strong password that you won’t forget and that no one is likely to guess: use that as your Master Password in Sticky Password. Let Sticky Password create and manage all your other passwords.