Consider Your Passwords

The one thing I have discovered in my internet experiences is to seriously consider my passwords and never use the same username/password for everything!

Many years ago when I was very, very new to the world wide web I used one word as a password for everything.  Very easy to remember.  I mean, why use loads of different words and then have the problem of forgetting them all the time?  All was fine for several years, until key loggers hacked into my ebay account.  Of course, the result was that they also accessed my e.mail account and my paypal account.  They diverted all my e.mails somewhere else.  Their intention was to list unsavoury items and e.bay soon discovered an unusual pattern on my account and froze it.  The first I new about it was a telephone call from e.bay that alerted me to the problem.  It took ages to sort out, ages to get my e.bay account back and working properly again, and I lost all those e.mails that had been diverted, many of them may have been personal.  Luckily I did not lose any money, I was very poor at the time so my paypal account was virtually dormant!

Now, you can use your browser to automatically enter your username and password.  I am constantly asked if I want the information to be remembered.  This is very useful but I like to have a back up.  What would happen if my laptop was stolen?  I would need the information to be stored somewhere else so I could still access my various accounts and saved webpages.  I have found a useful free software package that I store on a USB stick so I always have all my usernames and passwords available to me.  There are many available but you should store them on a separate facility.

In terms of choosing your passwords I sometimes use a password generator as it randomly picks letters, numbers and characters that would be very hard to guess, although that isn’t guaranteed.  I recently had an email account hacked that used a generated password.  Another way I sometime choose a password is to replace letters with numbers or characters in a memorable word.

Whichever way you choose, always carefully consider your passwords and password storage.

Enjoy the journey.

20 Comments

  • Liz Delaney
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    Reply Reply March 3, 2014

    Hi Mandy. Thanks for this timely advice. Passwords are so easily discovered by clever people who are on missions of nastiness.
    Could you tell me what the free software package is for storing passwords?

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Liz, thanks for visiting. You can find lots of free password storage software by doing a search, I use the free version Roboform but have also used ID Affiliate Manager in the past (essentially for storing affiliate details but also stores passwords – and there’s another useful thing to store, all your affiliate ID’s!)

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

      • Liz Delaney
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        Reply Reply March 11, 2014

        Thanks Mandy.
        Will investigate these suggestions.
        Take care
        Liz
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        • mandyallen.com

          Reply Reply March 27, 2014

          Hi Liz, thanks for visiting. Do try any of the free software, they really are very good and helpful, but store the data off your computer in case it crashes anytime!

          Enjoy the journey.

          Mandy

  • Nate

    Reply Reply March 4, 2014

    You do bring up a good point about passwords. I like the idea of putting it on a USB stick and that’s actually smart. I will give that some thought. Thanks for sharing!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Nate, thanks for visiting. I actually store my passwords on two separate devices as I always worry about devices failing and not being able to retrieve the information!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply March 4, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    Good point. I always have different passwords and they are about 18 characters long but never thought of my laptop being stolen. Putting the passwords on a thumb drive is the perfect solution and guard that with all your might.

    Have a great day, Monna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. A friend of mine has all her passwords on post it notes stuck to the surround of her screen! I always laugh at her and tell her if anyone breaks in and steals her computer they’ll have access to her details too! It’s a bit like carrying your bank pin number in your wallet with your card! Easy pickings.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Mary Austin
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    Reply Reply March 4, 2014

    I have too many passwords to ever remember, so I have used Roboform for years. I only have to remember one password. I never thought about using a flash drive to store the Roboform information. I will have to give that some thought. Good idea.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Mary, thanks for visiting. Yes, Roboform seems to be the most popular. I just think it is always a good idea to store these useful things away from your computer. You never know when things might go wrong.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Barb Sibbing
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    Reply Reply March 5, 2014

    Some great ideas and some great points you brought up in your article. Thanks I will need to go back and re-do my user names and passwords…

    Barb
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Barb, thanks for visiting. It is always recommended that you have different passwords, and that you update them regularly too, something I should do more often, it’s true!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Merle
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    Reply Reply March 5, 2014

    Thanks for this great tip Mandy and looks like I have a bit of work ahead of me !!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Merle, thanks for visiting. It’s best to have some sort of plan, there is an inclination to just let things go on as they are but we need to keep our stuff safe, Merle.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Rachel Lavern
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    Reply Reply March 7, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    Even though I worked as an IT Consultant for years, I used the same username and password for everything. For years. Without incident. And yes, I heard the warnings but never heeded them. Last year, I decided to gradually change them and store them in an application stored in Cloud. Just in case 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting. Good for you! I did the same thing until I had a problem. Bit like closing the gate once the horse has bolted! It was a harsh lesson I needed to learn.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Lesly Federici
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    Reply Reply March 7, 2014

    Hi Mandy,
    I actually use an index card system – call me old fashion, but the idea of storing them on the computer makes me nervous. It’s worked out so far, a little more time consuming but it keeps me grounded knowing that not everything is instant! LOL… great discussion
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. Ah, a girl after my own heart! I love storing things in writing and unless there’s a fire or flood you can always access your information! I do actually store mine in a little book too, always worried about the USB drive failing!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • hi Mandy ,
    I have a little book where I write the passwords down.
    But the USB is a good thought as well 🙂
    Thank you for this reminder.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. There are some great little books specifically for passwords, I have found in the US. We don’t seem to have the same sort of stationery here in the UK but someone sent me one a couple of years ago and I have used it ever since!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

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