Passwords. They’re needed for virtually every online thing we do. I have a whole notebook dedicated to passwords.
I trust no one. Even Greg has to follow my password protocols. I keep my passwords in one very safe location. If he needs to get into one of my accounts he can go to my password book and look it up. Passwords never leave my book.
In the beginning passwords were easy. I’d use my dogs’ names–not their real names but the names I called them when I was mad at them. Eventually that gave way to pet names with dates or odd numbers.
When hackers got smart, those passwords evolved again to include punctuation and hidden codes. By this time I needed my book. I couldn’t remember them all.
Before we get into creating a strong password, please find a good place to store your passwords.
• Do NOT put your passwords on your computer, phone, or the Cloud. Trust no one. Not even family. I mean it. People get careless and that could cost you in the long run.
• Keep a hand-printed list in a secure location that you can easily access. In my case, my trusty notebook. Pages can not be torn out easily and if they are, I’d see the ragged edges.
• If you must type your passwords on a computer, print it then overwrite your document file before deleting it.
• Remember too that your printer hangs on to data in its memory. To delete it from the printer, power it off for at least 15 seconds. The information should be overwritten anyway when it does the next print job, but when it comes to passwords, don’t take chances.
Tips for Bulletproof Passwords
Nothing is perfect, but here are a few ways to flummox the hackers.
• Create a password phrase. Something easy to remember like: Iliveonthedarksideofthemoon.
• Increase security with punctuation. I-live@on#the&darkside%of*the+moon!
• Get bilingual. Whenever I’m brain dead, I switch languages. You don’t have to be fluent. All of us know words or phrases in at least one other language. Arriverderci, Domo Arigato, tlhIngan maH! (That’s Klingon for ‘We are Klingons!). You get the idea.
• Turn your password backward. Instead of Buckaroo, it could be Oorakcub
Your turn. What kind of tips do you use to make an unbreakable password?
Disclaimer: All passwords used in this post are strictly for purposes of demonstration. Don’t reuse these passwords unless you’re a Klingon. If you hack a Klingon, you probably won’t have long to live anyway.
In other news: I got stung by a scorpion over the weekend. You never get used to that pain. I hate them with every fiber of my being. They deserve nothing less than death!
And I hate to say this, but the scorpion was the least of my problems of late. If you follow me on Facebook, you know Tilly, the pig escaped. She nonchalantly walked up to me after we drove into the garage. Then Ray Charles, the goat, escaped. He was easy to corral too, but not so easy to fix his pen.
Tilly is once again working on digging a tunnel, so we need to fix that before she gets too far.
My brother and his daughter spent an extra long weekend with us. I had forgotten how active kids are, but she was also very helpful, loading the dishwasher, clearing the table, harvesting from the garden. I told her when she’s old enough to drive, I’ll give her a permanent job on the farm. 🙂