How to create safer passwords
I don't know about you, it seems like anything you want to do online these days requires a username and password.
Then it's the dreaded make sure it's got a capital letter, got to add in some numbers, and now the special characters have made an appearance. On top of all that you've got to be able to remember it for next time. If you're like me, you will have anything from 20 to 100 logins to remember, and creating a new one each time is the ideal for security reasons, however realistically this isn't practical, I mean we are human after all.
There are a few options that I use that I hope will help you manage your online passwords better than writing them down or using the same password over and over again.
The first option is my top tip for password creation. For the purposes of this blog, I'm going to apply the worst word to use for a password, and that is Password1. If you use this, please rethink this choice and come up with a new old faithful.
So let's say we're new to the popular shopping site Amazon and we need to create a password for the site, and as usual, we go to use our old faithful password, Password1. Now I want you to pause for a second and make these small changes.
Step 1: The site we are on is called Amazon, so we're going to take the first three letters of Amazon, AMA.
Step 2: We're going to add these three letters into the middle of our old faithful password, PassAMAword1.
Step 3: Now just for good measure, in case your old faithful password doesn't include a special character, I'm going to add a star (*) after the three letters of the site, PassAMA*word1.
So that's it, you now have a unique password for each site you visit, that you can easily remember as all you have to do is add in the first three letters of each site you visit followed by a star (*).
Just so you get the idea, here's a few more examples:
Tesco = PassTES*word1
Sainsburys = PassSAI*word1
ASOS = PassASO*word1
Boots = PassBOO*word1
My second top tip is to look into password managers.
I use the free version of LastPass, lastpass.com
Their tagline is: "Just remember your master password and LastPass remembers the rest."
This adds a little extension to your browser of choice, and every time you login to a site, it asks if you want it to remember those login details. You can also store secure notes that you want to be tucked away safely.
I still use the password creation tip mentioned above, but LastPass keeps everything tucked away safe for me.
I hope this gives you a better way of coping with your online passwords and gives you more confidence in your online security.