My students and colleagues have often asked me what that red icon at the top of my browser is, so I’ll make a quick post here to point you to that as well as make some tips about password security.
- Do not use bad passwords, really. You may think nobody will guess ‘monkey’ but they will. But Ken, I love using ‘monkey’ as my password to everything….
- Do not use the same password on more than one site. Why? If that site has their password file compromised (like Twitter, LinkedIn and others) somebody could grab your password or brute-force guess it to obtain your login on that site. If the password (and login) is the same on another site they will gain access to other sites with your identity. But Ken, I will never be able to remember all those passwords….
- Make sure your passwords are random strings of letters, numbers and special characters and while you are at it they should be at least 12 characters. But Ken, I will never be able to remember all those crazy random passwords….
- Go get LastPass, get it now. Use this on your desktop/laptop browser, your tablet, your smartphone. There is support for pretty much any environment and any browser. Then you will only need to remember one (very good please) password which will store all of your other passwords for you. LastPass will even generate random passwords each time you need a new one.
This is the best thing since sliced bread. Oh wait a minute, I no longer eat bread but that is a story for another day.
Edit (July 8, 7pm) to add links to Security Now podcast on LastPass.