Passwords revisited – make your passwords more secure now

Why am I revisiting passwords? Because it’s bloody important that you keep your personal information safe!

Passwords. Time to check you are following best practices to ensure your passwords and personal information are secure.

You’ve possibly noticed the changes implemented in the Internet browsers regarding website security. They are letting you know where your passwords (and any personal information) are at risk. Firefox is the most obvious with the warning that displays on any insecure input box when you are going to enter your password –
Don't enter your password into this box

Why is it not safe all of a sudden?

Entering your passwords on insecure sites has always been unsafe. The change is more to do with the browser creators being more active in warning you of sites where your personal information is at risk. If a page where you are able to enter personal information is not secured, you are at risk of having that information stolen.

Typically, the indication of site security hasn’t been obvious.

Insecure – not safe Secure – safe
Chrome passwords google insecure passwords google secure
Firefox passwords mozilla insecure passwords mozilla secure

Mozilla’s addition to Firefox is a massive improvement. Firefox puts the message right in front of you.

Support for the older, less secure, certificates has also been removed. If you would like to know why they have done this, check out this video of how quickly and easily these older encrypted passwords can be cracked –

What guidelines should I be following when choosing a password?
  • Your passwords should contain least 8 characters (16 is better) and include upper and lower case characters plus numbers and special characters (like !@#$ etc.) Your passwords should look something like – GxYdR[{9gDf-Gza]
  • Never reuse passwords. One password, one site.
  • Don’t rely on simple character substitutions such as 0 for o, 3 for e and 5 for s in your passwords.

Dr Mike Pound (same guy as in the video above) covers selecting passwords very well in this video –

How am I going to remember hundreds of secure passwords?

Use a password manager and secure all your passwords with one hard to crack password per Dr Mike Pound’s recommendation in the password guidelines video.

Which password manager?

PC Mag have reviewed the main managers to help make that decision easier for you. You can find the reviews for the best managers by following these links.
The best free managers of 2017 or, for paid options, The best managers of 2017

I’m a fan of the free edition of LastPass, but that’s just my personal opinion. Check the reviews and make your own choice. The important thing is that you get a manager for your passwords and start using it – today.