Are your passwords secure?

I listened to a really interesting book recently about hacking… one of the most interesting things this book talked about was how easy passwords are to crack. So here are my top password tips:

  • DON’T WRITE DOWN YOUR PASSWORD
  • DON’T SAVE YOUR PASSWORD IN A FILE ON YOUR COMPUTER
  • DON’T USE WORDS FROM THE DICTIONARY/YOUR PETS NAME/KIDS BIRTHDATES/YOUR NAME/ETC
  • DO USE A PASSWORD STORAGE APP
  • DO USE A COMBINATION OF UPPER & LOWERCASE LETTERS/NUMBERS/CHARACTERS(!?@#$_-)
  • DO CHANGE IT REGULARLY

Here is a quick guide to using Keychain to SAFELY save passwords on your Mac:

If you are a Mac user and you have ever selected Save Password when prompted, all those passwords can be found and accessed in your Keychain.

Keychain is secure and a great way to store your saved passwords so you don’t have to remember them all!

  • To Find a saved password you need to Open Keychain
  • Click on Finder (Bottom lefthand corner of the screen)
  • Select ApplicationsUtilitiesKeychain Access
  • Search by entering a keyword in the Search box in the top righthand corner
  • Press Return to search
  • Double click the item in the list you need the password for
  • Tick the Show Password box
  • Enter your login password to access
  • Press OK
  • The password will be displayed until you close the window

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