I wrote a few weeks ago about the challenge of passwords and keeping them straight. The recent series of posts about the journalist who had his apple and other services hacked has just continued to highlight the problem and the challenge of keeping everything safe.
I’ve used one of the commercial password safes for years and due to hating some of their recent changes, I decided to switch. After asking some security professionals and reading some of the online posts about these tools, I made a jump to one of the leading systems.
After loading all my passwords into the new system, it then provided a grading system to show how safe my accounts were as defined. I’m not sure how that algorithm works, but it looks for repeated passwords, length of passwords, types of passwords, etc. and then complies a score between 100 and 0. If had guessed my score before hand, I would have said around 70-80 since I talk about security all the time.
My score was 33.
I’ve since started making lots of changes. I turned on two-factor authentication on several services I use. I went to system generated passwords on key accounts. I’ve eliminated most of the duplicates. There is more to do.
Please protect your accounts. Use long passwords. Use two-factor authentication if available. Do it now.