Protect Yourself

Sure, in 1995 all I had was one Yahoo email address, so all I had to remember was one username and password.

But now I have at least 5 email accounts, Facebook,  online banking, insurance and more. In all I have about 100 online accounts. Up until a couple of years ago I used the same username and password for them all and then it dawned on me.  If someone guessed that one password, they could take over my life.

It's impossible to remember more then a few unique passwords. To be really secure online you should have a different password for each online account you have. The strength of a password is a function of length, complexity, and unpredictability.

I looked around for a solution and found Keepass Password Safe. This little program has been the best thing I've ever done to help protect myself online. KeePass is a free open source password manager. You put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password file to unlock the whole database. The database is encrypted using the most secure encryption algorithms currently known. So all I have to remember is one password which I use to unlock my a file that contains all my other passwords.

With Keepass I make passwords that are 15-20 charaters long, with upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters like ?>!%. I never have to remember any of them.

I would highly recommend everyone who is online to get some sort of password manager. Hackers are out there looking for a way to take over your online accounts. Don't make it easy for them.

Keepass Password Safe is available for every operating system known to mankind. I use a portable version installed on a flash drive I can take with me wherever I go. Check them out on their website at: Keepass Password Safe.