security-2168234__340You use your mother’s middle name. I use my dog’s birthdate with the street I grew up on. We all have tricks to make passwords. A bit of this and a bit of that and we think they are good.

Until they are not.

Have you noticed the “new science” there seems to be when making a password? Add an uppercase letter. Add a symbol. No duplicate digits. It’s enough to give me a huge headache and all I wanted to do was to pay my gas bill.

With the business of password protection growing to accommodate our online activity, we thought a little research was in order.

Here is what we found….

There are rules for creating the best passwords. Forget the dog’s birthday and get inventive. Patrick Collinson wrote an informative article for The Guardian, offering step by step detail on creating a password and a list of passes never to use it. You can find it here.

Feeling that you need more than a standard password? Consider password generating software.

Once set up, generating software uses your passcodes to access your account and with each log-in “generates” a new unique log-in. You only need to “feed” your sites and passcodes once into their system to set up your accounts. Only the accounts you plug-into the software will be subscribed, you may keep some accounts private if you wish.

Each time you log-in to your account, your software will provide a new password to open your secure page.  Password generator software is quite affordable and often free.

As with all things, all software each has its preferences and preferred audience. We found reviews differ from site to site, the graph provided by Neil J. Rubenking at PC MAG provides you with an easy to follow guide with fees and features. You can open a personal as well as family and business accounts too.

We hope this got you to think a bit about protecting yourself and your business.

Again, Affordable Educators would like to offer thanks to PC MAG, Neil Rubenking, The Guardian and Patrick Collinson for their insight on keeping passwords safe.