Since passwords aren’t going away for now, I asked a few on how do they manage their passwords. Here are some responses:
- Write them on a paper / notepad and keep it in the drawer.
- Keep them in a Word/Excel spreadsheet and password-protect the file.
- Use client-based software (example: KeePass, PasswordSafe, 1Password).
- Use external password managers that plugs into your PC (example: IDVault, IronKey) – to avoid the portability issue with the previous option.
- Use the browser ‘remember password’ feature.
- Use browser based password managers (example: Roboform, Sxipper, LastPass).
- Use the same password everywhere (hey…most convenient and SSO )
- Use the same password for a set of sites and mentally segregate them in various categories (e.g. work, home, finance).
- Use the same password everywhere but a different username.
- Use a personal algorithm (example: AbC<sitename>123). Easy to remember; portable; different for each site and results in a complex password.
- Use a passphrase (example: “I really love this blog” or a derivation “irltb”. Even better if the phrase is in a foreign language).
By the way, here are some good tips from Microsoft on creating passwords.
- Number of online accounts that an average user has: 25
- Number of passwords that an average user has: 6.5
- % of US consumers that use 1-2 password across all sites: 66%
- Number of times an average user login per day: 8
- Average password length: 8
- Most commonly used password: password1
- % of users that use personally meaningful words: 54.9%
- % of users that use the ‘Remember my password’ function: 28.6%
- % of users that write down their password: 15%
- Average time users maintain the same password: 31 months.