The average person has 19 passwords which they are expected to remember.
The number of passwords the average person has to remember is staggering, especially coupled with the following good password guidelines:
- Passwords should be unique.
- Passwords should contain a mixture of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols
- Passwords should have a minimum length of 12 characters. The longer the better.
- Passwords should be regularly updated. Some experts suggest every 60 days.
- Passwords shouldn’t be written down.
Remembering 19 unique, complex passwords is near impossible for most people. To deal with this situation, many sacrifice security for simplicity. They reduce the number of passwords they have to remember by reusing the same password on multiple sites – a hacker’s delight.
Password management doesn’t have to be a chore, and there needn’t be a trade-off between security and complexity, password managers make this possible. A password manager is a great tool for remembering all the numerous passwords a person has to remember in this digital age, whilst still adhering to good password guidelines. Instead of remembering 19+ unique complex passwords, you only need to remember 1 unique complex password. The password manager takes care of the rest, making password management a breeze. A good password manager provides the following:
- Generates unique, strong random passwords for each of your accounts
- Stores the login details (username, password, URL) of all your accounts in an encrypted database.
In addition to the above passwords managers also provide the following additional benefits:
- Can fill in your usernames and passwords for your various account websites, meaning less time typing them in.
Our password manager of choice is KeePass (keepass.info). KeePass is easy to use, supports multiple platforms and gets the job done. Here’s a list of other password manager tools that can be used.