Change Your Password Right Now If You’re Not Using These Tips

How can you be sure that the passwords you’re choosing are really strong enough?

Take these for example:  Zdhkqjbu83, lw;62v74y, 74Xmbgdapw.

Are you really secure with these passwords? 

We often see randomly generated passwords like these that come with our Internet routers or newly purchased mobile applications. These seemingly random combinations look very secure due to their nonsensical appearance. In reality, they each have a pattern of composition, rendering them equivalently easy for a hacker to discern as a combination padlock.

Is your “strong” password actually extremely predictable?

  • Are you using “transformation” variations of the same password across multiple accounts? Adding numbers/characters, replacing a letter with a similar looking character, as well as adding, deleting, or changing the order of characters is predictable.
  • Are you creating a password based on website or company guidelines? “This password must contain 1 number, 1 capital, 1 symbol, and 8 characters.” – predictable!

Most users follow the basic security guidelines when creating a password, but here are some tips to avoid predictability and ensure your strong passwords are even stronger:

  1. When possible, choose a password 12-15 characters in length.
  2. Use a different special character you’ve never used before.
  3. Avoid using dictionary words, slang, places, common phrases, email addresses, or names.
  4. Turn a memorable phrase into an acronym. ex. “When I moved to Fake City, I lived with 5 roommates and made 14$ an hour.” becomes: WimtFC,ilw5ram14$ah.
  5. Create phrases by combining random unassociated words. These should not make sense at all – ex: “AsphaltCollegeLaughsDog”. 
  6. Use Chrome Sync – Chrome Sync can save your bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings securely to your Google Account and allow you to access them from Chrome on any device — including the StartMeStick!
  7. Use a Password manager a password manager like its name suggests helps you manage your passwords digitally. They can also help you generate strong password for all your accounts.

What is Chrome Sync?

Google Chrome lets you sync your browsing activity across any device – bookmarks, history, passwords, and extensions – sync from your Google account, creating a seamless experience on any device.

You can choose what information you want Chrome to sync – be it everything, just passwords or somewhere in the middle.

This makes creating strong, unique passwords easy as they’re automatically synced across your devices.

Most of us has an average of 200 passwords to remember. This is a lot of opportunities to forget which password we used. Chrome Sync makes this easy.

I’m not tech savvy, will I be able to use Chrome Sync?

Our team uses Chrome Sync and we love it! We trust it for our friends and family and that’s why we are recommending it to you. Plus it works seamlessly with the StartMeStick.

Click the link here to learn how to turn on Google Sync so that it works on your StartMeStick.

What is the StartMeStick?

The StartMeStick is a private and secure computer on a stick – it turns any computer into a fast, secure, and private one. Simply plug it in when you need to temporarily turn any computer into a fast, secure, and private one. Everything you do online you can do with the StartMeStick!

Learn more about the StartMeStick here.

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