Gifts of all shapes and sizes, even gift cards, beckon you to create an account and enjoy additional benefits by having it registered or enabled via the Internet.
January 1st is a perfect time to think about new habits. Consider creating a consistent, easy to use password strategy that you can implement on-the-fly, and access anytime, anywhere.
Which Email Address?
Make sure to use a personal email address. Make sure that the password on this email account is complex. Memorize this password and keep it safe, maybe in more than one location. Companies are becoming more and more reticent to unlock accounts due to forgotten passwords. Especially email accounts.
Password on This Account has to be Extra Secure
Passwords like Pa$$w0rd are included in massive online databases of “common passwords” that are used by hackers. Your password needs to be very unique and random.
Have a Place to Store Your Usernames & Passwords
This is a personal preference but having a simple go-to solution is key.
- Some people store info in their Smartphone contacts
- Some use an App or a service on their Smartphone such as Password Keeper
- Others have a little paper black book
The most important thing is to have a strategy that you can access and use when needed. Old school methods are very safe but they’re also vulnerable to loss.
Two Factor Authentication & Security Questions
Record all related password / security information including what your security questions and contact phone numbers are.