You are very likely to have a huge amount of accounts for various websites on the web. You have one or more emails and one for each social network and forum on which you are active.
In addition, you may have accounts on buy and sell sites, at individual web stores, at lenders, at streaming services and at online newspapers. In short, you probably have a lot of accounts and with that amount comes a larger number of passwords.
Using strong passwords is of great importance
If you use a weak password, there is the risk that someone with fraudulent intentions can access your account and cause serious inconvenience.
If you have saved financial data, such as card information, behind a weak password, the problems can be very large. In addition, more than one person has, for example, suffered identity theft due to weak passwords to the e-mail or a social network.
A strong password for each account
In order to prevent anyone from logging into any of your accounts and accessing sensitive information, you should have a unique password, which is also very strong, for each account.
It goes without saying that it will be a tricky story to keep track of all of them, especially as “strong” passwords are long and complicated with both numbers, uppercase letters and special characters. To make everything a little easier, you can use a so-called password manager. It’s a small program on your computer, an app or a plug-in that saves your login information. That way you don’t actually need to remember them at all. If you use a password manager, you only need to have a single password in your head, namely the one for the program itself.
If you have one or more Apple devices, such as an iPhone and / or iPad, you can use iCloud and its built-in password manager. All passwords are then stored in the cloud and you can use them to log in to all your Apple devices. When you fill in a new solution for the first time, you also automatically get tips on a very strong solution.
A more platform-independent alternative is the popular cloud service Lastpass. With this you can save login information in the cloud and use it on all devices (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and so on).
Avoid saving these solutions
Although password managers are very agile and can significantly simplify your life online, you should not use them for just all logins. The three passwords / codes you should memorize are the ones that apply to your main email, your login to the computer and any code for the bank ID. If you forget your master password for the password manager, it will be very tricky to access your login information on various services, and if someone manages to access your bank ID, email or computer login, the negative effects can be very troublesome.
You may want to start by switching to a very strong password for your email. When choosing a password, you can consider the following:
- Make sure the password is at least 12 characters long
- Mix upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters
- Make sure that no part of the password can be linked to any personal information (such as social security number) or any other information that can be linked to you (address, registration number for the car and so on).