Making Them not the Worst Thing Ever
2/26/2018 11:28:14 AM
Aaron Call - Chief Information Security Officer
Uh oh. You forgot your password for yet another account that you only use every once-in-a-while. You mentally prepare yourself for the obstacle course you’re about to enter and click the “Forgot your password” link. You follow the instruction in the email and you create your brand new password.
Uh oh AGAIN. The password you attempted to use is “too similar” to your previous password. You sit in frustration and fume at the screen. How do you come up with a brand new password that you’ll remember? Why should you have to? Why does everything you want to do online require you to “create an account” and come up with a password anyway? Why can’t you just use the same password for everything?!
Let me stop you right there. Obviously, using the same password for everything puts ALL of your various accounts at risk. Bad idea.
Passwords can be annoying, but you know what’s even more annoying? Calling your friends and telling them not to open any messages from you because your email account was hacked. Calling your bank and saying you didn’t make those charges on your debit card. Calling Social Security and begging for help because your identity was stolen. That’s more annoying.
Passwords don’t have to be the worst thing ever. Consider:
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This security tip is courtesy of Aaron Call,
Minnesota’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
For more tips, follow Aaron on Twitter at @InfoSecCall