Productivity 101: Don’t lose your mind over passwords

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Today, more than ever, we have a large amount of on-line services and devices that we keep secure with passwords. The problem is establishing passwords that are easy to remember and can keep us secure.

  • The rules of keeping your passwords safe and secure depend on the following factors:
  • Don’t ever use the same password more than once
  • Don’t ever write down your password in an unsecured place (digitally or physically)
  • Don’t use names, dates, ss#, or any easily hacked words and numbers
  • Don’t share your password with anyone… ever! (except spouse if you have joined accounts)
  • Create a password that is at least 8 characters long
  • Change your passwords at least twice a year

How am I supposed to remember different and complex passwords that meet those criteria? Easy, you just rely on services that provide encrypted password storage on your iOS devices. Today, there are a few apps that do this, but the best ones are:

  • 1 Password (my preferred app)
  • MSecure
  • Splash ID

These apps save URLs, usernames and passwords in a secured encrypted file away from prying eyes. The way all of these passwords are protected is with a master password that has to be entered before you can assess your passwords. I highly recommend that master passwords are at least 8 characters long including both words and numbers.

I currently have 67 passwords in my 1Password app in addition to credit card info, software serial numbers, and notes that I like to keep secure. To date, this is one of my most used apps and one that I could not live without. Gone are the days of writing my passwords in a post-it note, a word document or a notes application which is easily hacked and offers little to no security whatsoever.

If you want some sanity and security with your passwords, I highly recommend getting a password manager app on your iOS device.

How do you keep your passwords?

Matthew Snider

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Matthew is the Editor-In-Chief, and founder of Geek for i. He has produced such posts as Top 5 iPhone Apps For The BathroomMac or PC and many more. His love for iDevices started back when he purchased the original iPhone.

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