If you work for a large corporation today, you are required to change the passwords on all of your business accounts once a month. When I first heard about that, I gasped. I have approximately 87 passwords. Changing each of them every four weeks would be a full time job. Thank goodness I own my business. I will take my chances.
Interestingly enough, David Pogue, the personal technology editor of The New York Times, recently made a plea to all of his readers to change their passwords in order to avoid having their identities stolen.
“This is not a suggestion,” said Pogue in a recent video he did on the subject. “This is an order. Don’t take chances. Life can be pretty ugly when others have access to your banking, housing, and insurance accounts.”
Experts recommends using long passwords that contain digits, punctuation, and unrecognizable words. He also said that we should use separate passwords for every website we frequently visit. And just like the demands of corporations, we should change all of our passwords once a month.
As far as I am concerned, this is an overwhelming task. Like me, David has 87 account names and passwords for 87 websites, including banks, games, airlines, blogs, shopping, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.
Even if I wrote all the passwords on one long piece of paper or stored them digitally in a folder, there is a great chance that I would forget where I put the paper or where I filed the folder. David has recommended many different software solutions to help retrieve your passwords. Today he swears by Dashlane, the 2.0 version, because it has timesaving features and it’s available for Mac, Windows, iPhone and Android. What’s more, it’s free.
The big bonus is that you can import current existing passwords from previous programs. It also has some extraordinary features. It’s a password memorizer. Dashlane actually takes over every time you try to type your account name and password into a web page and press enter. It’s all done for you.
There are so many other magical features like the creation of passwords and a display of pictures of your credit cards.
To learn more about Dashlane, click here.