Use Software To Keep Track Of Those Precious Passwords And PIN Numbers In Your Life

Every day we rely on a security technique called authentication to make sure that all of our personal data stays safe. And while you may hear this term used more online than you hear it offline, it is used in both worlds. For example, if you need to be able to get to the money that is in your bank account, you need to show an ID card and know the account number. That is a form of authentication. As I said earlier, while the bank is a good example, you see this all of the time and it is for very good reasons that you can probably easily see. Without this form of authentication anyone would be able to use your information. That means that they would be able to get to your money anytime that they wanted or buy something in our name if they wanted to. This is pretty much what you see when someone’s identity has been stolen.

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So far, authentication has been the best method that we have come up to fight these types of attack. But there is a problem with the authentication method. And that problem is if you come up with an authentication method that is too easy to guess. This means then the bad guys are able to bypass it. For example let’s take a look at your ATM machine. If you lose your card and someone else finds it then you should be still safe because they would have to guess your card number to be able to get inside of it. If your number is hard to guess then there is no way that they are going to be able to crack it. But what if your card login number is not hard to guess? What if your login number is something simple such as 1234? And you did that so that you could remember it. Then the bad guys will be able to take off with all of your money. And believe me, easy to guess passwords happen like that all of the time.

It is the same thing that happens online as well. People make accounts and they want to remember how to access the accounts easily so they make the authentication easy to guess. And that means they also leave themselves vulnerable to the bad guys as well. And that is a real concern that you have to worry about. The bad guys are always looking for a way to be able to get in to someone else’s personal information, and if you make it easy for them to do so then they will surely take advantage of the situation.

So if you want to be able to keep this from happening to you then we really have one suggestion. You should invest in one of the many password holder software that there is out on the market. That way you will be able to keep all of your online logins secure while also being able to access them at a quick glance. That means that you would no longer have to make your password something that is easy to guess. You will be able to make it long and complicated and with no repercussions at all. And remember, that if you pick a password reminder that is also used on your mobile phone, you could do the same with any device that is offline as well. For example, if you are at an ATM, you could just look at the access number on your phone. That way you can make something that is long and complicated with no worries about forgetting it.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. So… which password mgr do you recommend and why?

    • Lee Munson says:

      Which password manager is best for you depends upon your needs but I’ve always liked KeePass – it works well and comes at zero cost.

      • Thanks for the response. A friend showed me Lastpass which also comes in a “free” version and syncs with other devices (except smartphones which only works with the paid version). Not sure which would be better. I guess it’s a matter of likes and dislikes. Thanks again.

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