>Re-Securing Your Passwords

>So, a lots happened since I’ve been gone. Been a crazy time personally and online. The biggest news since last I wrote has been the massive amounts of security breaches. From Epsilon leaking out our email addresses to Sony’s Playstation Network disaster, our online logins and passwords have been in the hands of God knows who. But do you really want to trust that some neckbeard in a dark basement to not start buying stuff on Amazon? I don’t.

The main problem that people have is using the same password across all of their services. In the past, this was never a big deal. But now, our online identity is so tied in to our daily lives that we can’t regard all of our accounts to be on the same level of importance. My solution: The Three Tiered Password System.

Make a list of my most visited sites. Then asked yourself how important each one is. Not sure? Think about how pissed you’d be if someone else got access to that account. My list involved your basics, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, eBay, Gmail, banking sites, etc. I broke that list into 3 tiers.

Tier 1 consists of non-important things like Hulu, Netflix, forums, and then accounts for apps like Words With Friends. I used my traditional basic password. It’s not the most secure, but on this tier, even if my password is guessed, all someone could do is change my Instant Queue and waste a Triple Word Score. This password is memorable and easy to type in.

Tier 2 consists of my social networks mostly and a few other sites that are important, but wouldn’t be devastating if someone got into them. That said, I don’t want someone breaking into my Facebook and posting obscene things (at least not worse than normal), so I made this password a tad more difficult, but not so difficult that it’s a pain to type in every time I want to log in. I suggest adding in numbers along with letters.

Tier 3 is the important stuff. For the most part, it includes things that have your credit card info. Tier 3 should include Amazon, eBay, and your banking sites, but also things that you use on very personal and professional levels, like email addresses. You definitely don’t want someone to have access to private emails to friends, family, and professional contacts. For this password, make sure it consists of capital and lower cased letters, numbers, and even symbols. Don’t use numbers that are easily associated with you, like your birthday, address, etc.

Now obviously you can use super secure passwords for each tier as well, just make sure you can remember all your new passwords. If you’re like me and you’ve been using the same password across almost all of your services for some time, you may want to have access to those passwords while you’re working on memorizing them. The best way: A small piece of paper. While walking around with your passwords isn’t the best idea, having them written down in a safe place is the only way to ensure that no online scumbag can get their hands on them. Also, don’t hesitate to change your passwords every so often, especially when you hear that one of your services have had their data compromised.

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