Have you ever signed up for an online account, and then found out you are required to setup a password containing a combination of letters, symbols and numbers? Setting up such a password is not only annoying, but you also end up forgetting it just a few second later after setup. Now you are required to retrieve your password if you would like to access your newly setup account. Accordingly, most websites require that you setup a strong password containing a combination of letters, symbols and numbers – there’s simply no way around it. However, people have a natural tendency to forget such combinations. On the other hand, it also makes good sense for users to setup a password in this format because there’s a less likely chance that their account could be hacked.
Likewise, 99 percent of people on earth have limited ability to memorize complicated combinations. Thus, if you have a variety of user accounts, you are likely to adopt the following techniques in order to manage your passwords:
Keeping the same password and username for all your user-accounts:
Using the same user-name and password for all your accounts is a tried and tested technique that works well. However, it is a highly discouraged practice by information security experts. Why so you may wonder? Well, say for example your facebook account gets hacked. Chances are good that all your other accounts would be compromised, since the criminals know that many people like to use the same set of user-credentials for all their accounts. Therefore, if you have the same set of user-credentials for all your accounts, change them right away. On a separate note,there’s also a chance that your spouse, parents or friends could screw around with your user accounts – if you had provided them details on one of your accounts, they just might try the same set of username/password to access your other accounts.
Saving your user-credentials on an excel sheet:
Another popular technique to remember and retrieve passwords involves users actually saving their details on an excel sheet. Although excel sheets can be password protected, they often get deleted by mistake or are mislabeled – making it difficult to find the actual file. In short, saving your user-credentials on an excel file is a primitive and overall inefficient means of managing your usernames and passwords.
The perfect solution for managing passwords:
In the past, there was no choice but to remember your login details. Now, with everything going online, people are required to setup online user accounts for pretty much everything, and an average person can typically have up to 40-50 user accounts – making it impossible to remember every set of login detail. Luckily, recently software developers have invented applications that act as your personal password manager. These applications automatically let users fill out online forms, dynamically generate strong passwords and automatically log-in users to their accounts without the need to lift a finger. So you may be wondering how secure is it to save all your secret credentials inside an application? The best part about password managing applications is that all your information is encrypted, and some applications also allow the users to sync their accounts between desktop and smart phone applications.
Password managing applications do more than help you keep your passwords organized. Often times, these dynamic apps can also change your passwords for you and warn you if your passwords are weak. In all, they are considered an invaluable tool for today’s online environment.