The Importance of Using Unique Passwords
Using unique passwords for each website that you login to is more important now than ever. We are seeing more and more hacks and security breaches on major websites like LivingSocial and Bank of America and as a result, when one site is compromised, it often leads to individual breaches on other websites. Having secure passwords should be a priority, but making them unique to each login is just as important.
As RoboForm VP Bill Carey pointed out in his interview with Biz Report, most users cannot remember more than 3 to 5 strong passwords at a time. As a result, rather than using unique passwords, many people tend to either reuse their passwords on multiple sites or use slight variations. While it might not be feasible to remember a unique and secure password for 20 or 30 different logins, using a password manager like RoboForm makes this possible.
Think of internet passwords like keys- they should be unique for each secure place that you need to get into. Just like you wouldn’t have the same key for your car, house, office, safety deposit box and shed; you shouldn’t “share” your passwords between any sites, no matter how unrelated they may seem.
Generating Unique Passwords
Remember, RoboForm can randomly generate unique passwords for you using the generate feature. However, if you’d like to do it yourself, here are some tips:
- Passwords should be at least 8 characters long
- Passwords should never contain a word that is in the dictionary- try substituting a “1″ for an “i” or a “zero” for an “o”
- Include at least one special character in your password
- Use both uppercase and lowercase letters
Remember: in the end, you are responsible for your own online security!