A friend and colleague wrote to me earlier this week saying “Ok, ok. I give in. I’ll be changing all of my passwords to the ridiculous ones that LastPass gives me – even the ones that I have 2-step verification.” At first I felt a rush of pride thinking that the articles about the importance of password security inspired positive change “this is probably what it feel like to rescue someone from a burning car” said a tiny voice in my head, then I read the rest of her letter and discovered that her decision was the result of the news that Russian Hackers made off with more than a billion internet user account credentials (usernames/passwords).
Yes, that’s a billion with a capital “B” and that rhymes with “P” and stands for passwords.
So it was stone cold fear and the realization that yes, very bad people are doing very bad things all of which is made a little easier when you don’t use strong passwords.
Fortunately, you don’t have to contribute to the problem nor do you need to be an intellectual peer of Stephen Hawking to remember a password worth using. Just take the time to read these two brief articles that walk you through understanding what goes into a strong password and pointing you toward tools that help whittle down those alphanumeric mountains into manageable mole hills.
[ilink url=”http://adaptistration.com/blog/2013/01/25/eliminate-password-fail-time-suck-once-and-for-all/”]Password management made easy.[/ilink]
[ilink url=”http://adaptistration.com/blog/2012/06/04/change-your-password-already/”]How to create a strong password.[/ilink]