Password Tips - T J Dixon, May 2014
Welcome to our May newsletter. Security has been a hot topic this year, so this month we have decided to provide some advice on increasing your on line security.
Everyone knows the typical password suggestions:
- use different passwords for every site
- use numbers, letters and symbols
But not many people know that words contained in the dictionary are highly susceptible to hackers or that as a minimum you should have two passwords, one for HTTPS (secured connection denoted by a padlock in the address bar) and one for HTTP (unsecured connection) sites.
More advanced password methods suggest using two words (e.g. Brick Wall), replacing some of the letters with numbers (e.g. Br1ck W411), then taking the first letter of the first word and the first letter of the second word (e.g. BW) and continuing the pattern of taking the second letter of the first word followed by the second letter of the second word (e.g. BWr4) until all the letters are used giving you something like BWr411c1k.
There is more to come on password management in our Secrets, Tips and Tricks section down below.
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Secrets, Tips and Tricks
Our tip this month is LastPass, a service which securely stores and manages your passwords. It can import saved passwords from your browser (browser saved passwords are normally saved as plain text) and has a range of apps for accessing your passwords across all of your devices.
We recommend using two factor authentication with the service to help prevent unauthorised access to your account.
Our favourite features are:
- Importing passwords from your browser
- Generate random passwords
- Ability to store secure notes about your login
- Share passwords securely with friends and colleagues (premium only feature)
- Securely save form data
- You remember your LastPass and LastPass remembers all sites
- Password security check
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