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Password manager

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Overview

Password managers are software (like anti-virus) and they take all the hassle out of having to remember passwords. It's a modern-day must-have for all devices!

Time required: 5 - 15mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £0

HOW-TO VIDEO TUTORIAL

Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.

Things to do

  • 1. Use passphrases, not passwords.

  • 2. Use a password manager.

  • 3. Follow our Passphrase Golden Rules.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Use passphrases, not passwords.

a. To create a passphrase, pick 3 or 4 words that relate in some way and add in a few random characters. For example;

  • Hungryyellowpigeon89
  • FurryBearcalledbob%
  • blueSkysare5ocool123
  • myn3wBrowncoat!

 

b. Update the passwords to your most common online accounts, e.g. online shopping such as Amazon, supermarkets, social media, email accounts, etc.

 


 

TWO. Use a password manager.

a. Password managers enable us to have unique and long passphrases for every website. They also remember our passwords for us and autofill them...highly convenient!

 


 

THREE. Follow our Passphrase Golden Rules.

  • Never use a password! Use passphrases.
  • Never re-use old passphrases.
  • Every passphrase is a min. of 12+ characters.
  • Never use easily guessable words that could be deduced from your social media profiles.
  • Use two factor authentication (2FA) with your passphrase for your sensitive accounts.
  • Use a 'cryptic book' if you need to write them down.
  • Set your password manager to remind you to change your passphrases every 6-12 months.

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