You want to know the secret?
Write passwords down and keep them in your wallet or purse.
No, I haven’t taken leave of my senses. It is, in fact, what major security expert Bruce Schneier suggests in his blog. The issue is simple:
- You need a different password for every account
- Your passwords need to be complex – and are therefore hard to remember
For everyone who only has a few passwords, writing them down and storing them somewhere you are used to keeping secure – your wallet – is a no brainer. Sticking them to your monitor on a Post-It-Note isn’t.
If you have lots of passwords to manage, then this becomes a hopeless solution – but never fear, password manager software is your friend. Products like Lastpass, Keepass, etc are now fully mature products, that can secure hundreds of passwords using a single master password – which is all you have to remember.
Moreover, this solution allows you to use very strong passwords, simply because you don’t have to rely on your memory. E.g:
Passwords like this are ideal, because they are long and complex – but try and remember 5 of these and you’ll need a photographic memory and excellent typing skills!
For further information about passwords, creating, securing and remembering, see our help topics here.