T1red Of P@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!

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Are you like many American’s that have a password for your social media, your emails, those special log in sites?  I know a few people that say passwords should be easy as password123.  I’ve mentioned it over and over change your passwords use letter-number-and-symbol codes.

Frustration over passwords is as common across the age brackets as the little reminder notes on which people often write them.

“We are in the midst of an era I call the ‘tyranny of the password,'” says Thomas Way, a computer science professor at Villanova University.

“We’re due for a revolution.”

Even so, a good password doesn’t necessarily have to be maddeningly complicated.

If you are curious try plugging in various types of passwords on a website developed by California-based Gibson Research Corp. to see how long it could take to crack each type of password: https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

According to the site, it could take centuries to uncover some passwords, but seconds for others.

Best is to use a “simple algorithm,” that uses a space, if a site allows.

There are other ways around the password headache.

Some people have taken to using password generators, which create and store passwords for various sites you use. Example WordPress is known to have a master password and a Google Authenticator.  The Google Authenticator is a great tool to use to make sure noone else is using your login.  What you do is loging to WordPress or some other type of platform and request thru Google Authenticator to send you a SMS text code to enter to login.

Other password managers you can try are LastPass, Dashlane and 1Password all the user has to remember is a master password to unlock a generator program and then it plugs in the passwords to whichever account is being used.

Facebook is now up to speed on passwords it now asks you to  identify familiar faces to get into an account or device.

Ultimately, experts mentioned, reducing the stress of online security and decreasing reliance on passwords will rest on what’s known as “multi-factor identification.”

Some of those multi- factor are based on three things:

1. “What you know” — a password, security question or some sort of information that only you would know;

2. “What you have” — a phone, tablet or laptop — or even a card or token — that an online site or tech-based retail outlet would recognize as yours;

3. “What you are” — biometric information, such as face recognition,  thumb print or retina scan.

The  issue of privacy is still being debated when it comes to biometrics.

If you know another way to help keep good passwords don’t hesitate to let me know I would love to research on how to keep passwords safe and out of harms way.

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