Next General Meeting: September 23, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
Passwords are a necessary evil for secure computing. We hate them but we acknowledge their importance. This month’s CTPC meeting is a round-table discussion about how to handle passwords – how to make them strong and how to keep track of them.
Weak passwords such as “password” or “12345” are easy to remember but also easy to crack. The name of your street or your pet’s name is easy to remember but can be easily deduced. Using the same password (even a strong one) for every website you visit works fine until one site you visit is hacked – then your entire online security is compromised.
What can you do? Here’s a range of ideas:
- Write down your passwords on sticky notes.
- Create strong passwords that are difficult to figure out but difficult to remember.
- Keep all your passwords in a text file or spreadsheet.
- Encrypt the text file or spreadsheet.
- Store the encrypted file in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere.
- Use a password manager such as LastPass, KeePass, 1Password, RoboForm or Keeper.
A password manager (or password vault) helps you create strong passwords and stores them for you in the cloud. Your passwords are encrypted and can be accessed with a single master password each time you visit a password protected website.
Please come join in the conversation. Let us know if you’ve found the right solution for managing your passwords or share your experience with one of the available password managers.
Pizza and refreshments at Uncle Joe’s will follow.
Don’t forget our new location: the United Congregational Church of Norwalk on Richards Avenue (directions here
). Pizza and refreshments at Uncle Joe’s will follow.
for directions from the church to Uncle Joe’s.
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