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Password Peace of Mind. A guide to password security.

by Vince stephen 

 

 The requirement of password security in the modern technological age is as necessary as shadows of an objectcast in light. One of the most frustrating things has be resetting a password, because if your like me, you have at least three email accounts and several log in required accounts or have had a job that required multiple passwords in multiple formats that had to be reset every ninety days and some ever thirty days, that frankly sometimes, are incredibly time consuming when verifying personal information and sometimes we frankly do not remember the verification information. I have thought of a few ways for me to efficiently create a password system that does not focus periods of time on resetting passwords or lord forbid, the dreaded support call. The economic value for a hackers to obtain your personal information is significant, causing most software developers to upgrade their software on a constant cyclical basis. This constant cat and mouse game may require casual password resetting, up to more significant and complex methods for updating and maintaining the passwords.

 The general rules of password protection are either really simple and self explanatory or pretty difficult to maintain for an average person , even for a tech-advanced person these methods are out dated and sometimes  go against our natural instincts. These method of using symbols and words that you do not normally use, changing the passwords frequently or using an app (that requires a password) that keeps all your passwords become unnecessarily complicated, however changing the password frequently is a great security tool, the execution is usually casually thought through. The application with all your password information in it is a bad idea because, well, it can get hacked and if it is sensitive to what phone it is on if you lose your phone ,you have lost all your passwords. Writing down words and using them as your password that you do not normally use, or have no value to you is a flawed method because of that one day you see that disconnected word and disassociate it with passwords without adding clear details.

 

    I personally have use a variation of the same password since I started using passwords, with small changes here and there non of my major accounts have ever been successfully hacked. My twitter account was recently hacked with the old original password but within seconds I change the password to a more secure password and still no issues. I worked in consumer electronics, more specifically cellphones, I  had six different log in required accounts at my job for I dealt with consumer personal information. A couple of the passwords had to be change every thirty days, required a symbol, capitol letter and numbers and could not repeat consecutive characters for previous passwords, it was crazy and a nightmare.

 

                 I relieved the stress of my password situation by creating a system, a simple kind of repetitive manual algorithm (requires a small pocket notebook dedicated strictly to passwords) that let my mind free of thinking of a password I have not used recently. By taking a word or constant in my life applying previously thought out symbols to use, I was able to use the method month after month after month at work. The method made me so conscious of my password and password security that using this system is in my everyday life is frankly, overkill. Honestly, for work, after all the thinking about how to approach this situation it took thirty minutes to create a table and shove it in my desk only to refer to as needed.

 

                I basically took the period and the dollar sign as my go to symbols when I worked, instead of using a specific thing, I took a specific thing and used its general  group distinction and the words adjacent for multiple passwords. For example, if I wanted it to be star.trek$11  and in thirty days I am required to change it I would make the password 22trek.star$ then star.trek$33, ifthe password required that you not use the same word then use the group distinction, for example star.trek$11  then 22enter.prise$ then photon.beam$33. Furthermore to protect yourself from physical hacking like, someone getting a hold of your notebook with all your passwords in it, this system requires memory, which if, we are talking complete and total peace of mind then this is more effective then writing everything down but, it is not so bad because all you only have to remember the symbols, remembering where the symbols go when you change your password without adding them directly to the password when writing it down, possibly writing them to the side so nobody knows the right order but you, to successfully use the password.

 

        If you do not need to change your passwords frequently or you only have a few like, bank or social media, things like that, taking the time to create a simple system (remember to devote a small memo pad to passwords and keep in secure place) can save you time resetting the password or calling tech support and taking that barefoot walk through that glass with someone who may assume your level of tech savvy. Proactively changing your password with no occurrence of incident I recommend every six months, this may keep you a step ahead of simple password decryption programs but it is not a guarantee. The most important thing to remember when setting passwords is if there is an issue you can resolve it confidently, by reading all the information regarding the logging in procedure and not clicking through it, by not signing up for extra security if it is not needed and by creating a system sensitive to you that can manage your passwords more efficiently.