Tools for stronger, safer passwords

As technology is increasingly becoming a major part of our lives, it is very frustrating to keep track and remember passwords for all the computer applications we use. We need passwords for e-mail accounts, social networking sites, online shopping sites, online banking applications, ATMs and many other situations.  Strong passwords are normally long, complex and hard to remember; as a result, most of us tend to choose easy and weak passwords unless forced otherwise by the system.

Weak passwords leave you and your personal information vulnerable to attacks.  One tool to help combat this problem is a password manager.  Password managers are used to organize passwords and PINs in encrypted format, allowing you to save a list of your passwords safely on your computer so you do not have to worry about forgetting one.  A decent free password manager that you can download is Password Manager XP.

If you really wish to have a secure password for your login, you should consider using a password evaluator to see how strong your is or a password generator to create a random and strong one.  The password generator used in conjunction with the password manager is a great way to make sure that all of your online information is secure as possible.

A final idea to have a seemingly random password that actually has meaning is to use a passphrase and turn it into an acronym. For example, the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog becomes tqbfjotld.

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