(Thanks to Dilbert.com and Scott Adams for the above cartoon.)
Yep, we all know about passwords with letters, numbers, doodles, sign language and squirrel noises.
Dilbert comic above is indeed prophetic. In the near future we will see more
gadgets and gizmos used for web authentication. Currently many financial
institutions are using enhanced authentication gadgets. These are currently too
expensive for use in standard web
the last few years, the number of sites requiring a username password
combination to log in has grown exponentially. The security rules have also
expanded to the extent that some sites are just too painful when you have to
supply a suitable password. We all know that we should have a strong password
and that we shouldn’t re-use it on other sites. We tend to follow the rules
with financial web accounts but get slack with all those that are seemingly
unimportant. Often it is the seemingly unimportant accounts that will bring us
down. OK we decide to toughen up and start to use strong passwords and avoid
are just too many accounts that we have to remember. We call this Password
Hell. You will know when you are there.
is a simple way to escape this password hell and that is to use a good password
manager. A good password vault, safe or manager can bring you web freedom and
is a good password manager? A good password manager is one that is easy to use,
one that enhances your security and is safe and secure. There are quite a few
password managers out there on the web. Some are free and some are expensive.
use a password manager that stores its data on the web or uses a cloud service.
It seems ludicrous that you would save all your important data to location that
is accessible to millions of people, even if it is encrypted. With all the
sites that have been hacked over recent years including Gawker, Linkedin and Sony,
it astonishes me that anyone would do this, let alone offer it as a solution. (The
real reason that web storage is used, is because people are lazy, and it offers
an insecure but cheap way to make the data transportable and enable synchronization.)
There are other ways to achieve transportability and synchronization.
write down all of your passwords and usernames on paper. This isn’t password
management. It is a disaster waiting to happen.
your browser to remember all your passwords. These are just too easy to get
NEVER use Windows Credential Manager. Just too many people know where and how to get this. Lose your drive and lose everything.
used a heap of these password managers and my favorite is PassIT.Net or
PassITDotNet. It is a good password manager as it is secure, searchable, personally
organized, is easy to operate and it enhances your whole web experience. It
does tend to make you lazy but at the same time keeps all your passwords strong
does it make you lazy and safe?
It allows you to synchronize all of your installations of it with your transportable version. So any modifications, deletions and additions made on any other PC, including your transportable version, are all up to date, with the latest changes.
There is a link to this on the Free Downloads Page of this site.
It is available from the Sescoa Website or download it directly from the SESCOA download page