Some say you need a private browser or a good VPN, and I agree with both thoughts, but perhaps more important is one action that is both simple and utterly complex.
How many passwords do you have? I have dozens. Dozens. Thanks to Apple’s Keychain, 1Password, and LastPass, I can manage them effectively, keep all my eggs out of one basket, but look at the trouble I have to go through to get to a position of relative security.
The most effective way to protect yourself against hackers is to build good password habits
Most of us already know not to use the same password everywhere, and to use a complex, complicated password that is not easy to hack.
See the problem?
High security means crazy inconvenience. Apple’s Touch ID and Face ID brought us higher convenience and higher security. Keep passwords in one place and your fingerprint or face become the key to unlock apps and websites.
That system is an improvement over trying to remember multiple passwords that are complex and arcane, but there might be a better way.
If your password is one word, you’re doing it wrong — it’s time to upgrade to a multi-word “passphrase.”
A “passphrase” is stronger than a single password because it increases entropy, or the amount of randomness in a password, making it harder to guess.
That makes sense. If you create a specific passphrase for each app or login, then it can become something easier to remember, whether you use a password manager or not.
The problem with a secure system that requires a long, complex, difficult-to-remember password is that people do not want to use it. A password manager makes it easier– thank you, Apple for Touch ID and Face ID– but pass-phrases extend the complexity while adding simplicity.
Passphrases that you can memorize– but that even the NSA can’t guess
If even that sounds too complex, try Use A Passphrase. The website. Let someone else create a passphrase for you. For example, select a five-word passphrase, with spaces.
I did. This is what I got.
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Is that a better password? Yes. Is it easy to remember? No. Or, at least, not so much. Add a number sequence or symbol to each word and it becomes just as memorable but stronger.
What about multiple sites?
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Seems easy enough, but personalizing them might make them easier to remember. Bambi Does Chocolate And High Heels came to mind.