Passwords Can Be Simple and Safe
I know you hate having to use so many passwords. It’s a big pain to keep track of them. You might even be using the same password for multiple sites and allowing your web browser to save them so you don’t have to login every time.
A recent article by Kim Komando, inspired me to encourage you to take the bull by the horns, do some house cleaning and start using a password manager. This will make your online life so much simpler and safer.
Here are some great tips based on her article, One secret about online accounts every computer user needs to know
You may have created dozens of accounts that have only been used once. Just think of how many times you’ve created a username and password just to read an article, play a game or download something. This can be dangerous because your information is floating around on dozens or hundreds of websites that may or may not be secure. Even worse, if you have used the same username and password for every site, every account you have is in danger. A hacker who gets your account information from one site can use it to get access to your other accounts as well.
The solution is to hunt down and close any accounts you are not using and then change the passwords to your existing accounts so that each one is unique.
A simple browser trick
1) When you create a new online account or log in to an old one, your browser stores the username and password. This makes it easy to log back in later. It also means you can go now and see what accounts you’ve created.
2) After you locate your accounts, you can close down the accounts you are not using and create unique passwords for the sites you are keeping.
3) Then turn off “password storing” and erase the existing passwords in your browser. The option to erase the passwords is in the same place you view the saved passwords. (The Instructions are below.)
Use A Password Manager
I know this seems like a lot of work but you only have to do it once. Then, If you start using a password manager like LastPass all your unique passwords will be stored in a vault and you will only need to remember one master password. The password manager will even generate secure passwords for you so you don’t have to think them up. You will love it!
If you need help to clean things up or to learn how to use a password manager like LastPass, I’m always here for you. Just call for an appointment.
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Instructions for web browser applications:
To see your login information in Firefox, go to the Firefox menu – it’s the icon on the right with three horizontal lines – and click Options.
Under the Security tab, click the “Saved Passwords” button.
Then click the “Show Passwords” button and click “Yes.”
In Chrome, click the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper right and choose “Settings.”
Choose “Settings” on the left, and then click the “Show advanced settings” link at the bottom of the screen.
Scroll down to “Passwords and forms” and click the “Manage saved passwords” link.
If you want to log back into your old account, but don’t remember the password, then you can click on a password and click the Show button next to it.
To see the password, you will have to enter your Windows account password, which does make it harder for casual snoops to get in.
You can’t view saved usernames and passwords directly in IE. You would need a third-party program like IE PassView. However, I recommend that you don’t use Internet Explorer anyway. It is easily invaded by spyware. I use Google Chrome but Firefox is good also.
In Safari, go to Safari>>Preferences>>Auto-fill. Click the Edit button to view the saved passwords.