Setting up a secure password

There is a lot of discussion and frustration surrounding passwords. 

What not to do: 

  • Creating a password that you cannot remember and then writing it down in places you can easily find is basically as secure as leaving a key to your house under the welcome mat. 
  • Creating a simple password that can be easily guessed or cracked by a program is almost as useless – and particularly dangerous if you activate any type of remote access. 

What to do: 

  • make memorized passwords as lengthy as you want (15 to 64 characters), using any characters you like (including spaces) keeping in mind a focus of easy memorization such as a personally meaningful phrase or an association of words

Using simpler but longer passwords through combining words is illustrated well in the following cartoon:

Using a personal meaningful phrase with some sort of joining character other than a space. However the options are up to you. Here are some article to read on making good passwords:

Storing passwords

Sometimes storing and using passwords is a pain! As more things are being done online, the harder it is to memorize them! Using a password manager helps this issue. However, they need to be trustworthy. Here are a few of the password managers we recommend:

The technology behind Lastpass is solid and secure. Passwords are sent directly from your computer already encrypted and are decrypted only upon returning to your computer. As long as a robust master password is chosen, you can be confident that your data is safe. You can choose to purchase a subscription for additional features but its free variant is functional and useful.

Keepass is an offline password manager that also works exceptionally well. Just make sure to have your Keepass archive properly backed up in multiple locations.