Password Managers Make It Easier to Protect Your Business, Personal Data

John Storts
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Safe Password Tips

Five aspects of good password management that employees should know.

After reading through the US-CERT recommendations in Password Security, Protection and Management (available for free in our IT Downloads library), I'm on a mission: to corral all my passwords into a password management application. Between accounts for work and personal purposes, I count nearly 15 separate passwords for email, social media, instant messaging, problem tracking and online forums that I use on a regular basis. That's a lot of remembering to do.

 

Just like the US-CERT tips suggest, for example, I make sure I don't:

  • Use weak passwords, like "password" or my birthday
  • Use the same password across all my accounts
  • Write or share passwords with others

 

Rarely do I use public computers, so the risk of identity or data theft is low, and I've learned to use passphrases. But, the list grows even more unwieldy as I add accounts, and the temptation to break some rules gets irresistible.

 


Password manager software stores all your various passwords in one master-passphrase-protected location. This way you won't have remember so many passwords and won't resort to lazy password management, jeopardizing your data. I plan on using KeePass for my work data and Apple's Keychain system for my personal files.

 

As long as your master passphrase is soundly constructed - and you can remember it - using a password management tool can take the pain out of juggling so much information.



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Apr 10, 2012 1:36 AM password management software password management software  says:

Passwords are playing a vital role for every website either its for business purposes or for personal use, a strong password decides the secure value of your data, therefore we simply apply many precautions and tools for protecting our passwords.

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May 7, 2012 5:16 AM smithmarcus457 smithmarcus457  says: in response to password management software

These all password system is really too good and more valuable for if any secrecy. I am so impressed to reading this important topic, actually before reading I has some few knowledge of this, but now I have gain some more knowledge. So thank you very much for their beautiful concept.

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May 12, 2012 6:14 AM Jim Johnson Jim Johnson  says:

A password manager is the best and easiest way to protect your business. I also have one and I'm very satisfied and recommend it to everybody.

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