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You have a bad password... probably
Posted by Jason Best on 06 August 2011 04:09 PM

I know most of us have over 10 passwords we have to remember on a monthly if not daily basis.  It becomes incredibly overwhelming.  I know it does for me.  To make matters worse, if your faculty or staff we make you change your password every 90 days.  When we think about it, we all know that our passwords are the only line of defense between "the bad guys" and our personal or business information, yet we treat them with very little importance.  Who out there has a password like "12345" or "password"?  If you do, you're not alone.  You have a lot of company according to this New York Times article: If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe.  Strong passwords are incredibly important.

There are a ton of different strategies for creating strong passwords. Here are a few sites that list some ideas:

An even better option for "remembering" all those passwords is to NOT know them at all.  I don't know most of my passwords.  I use a great tool called LastPass.  It not only manages all of my passwords, but it creates them as well.  I would highly recomend giving them a try.

Don't let the list of ideas on these sites intimidate you.  Rather, find a technique that works for you and stick with it.  You won't struggle to come up with new passwords or remember them.  And ultimately, you won't curse me and Matt when that password change reminder pops up.

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