How am I supposed to keep up with all of my passwords?
You know that you’re supposed to have a unique and strong password for every account you log into, but you don’t do it because that’s just too hard to remember! Basic safety and security is worth a little extra effort, though – you probably wash your hands to avoid getting sick during cold and flu season, right?
Maybe you have long passwords with a variety of characters, but you write them down in order to keep track of them. Unfortunately, these common places make it very easy for unsavory types to find your password and use it to access your computer, email, online accounts, etc.:
• Under the keyboard
• Under the phone
• Under the mouse pad
• On the monitor
• In the top drawer
• Under the desk
There are several password management tools that can make it easier for you, and many of them will generate a strong password for you, too.
1Password (https://agilebits.com/onepassword), Keepass (http://keepass.info/), and LastPass (https://lastpass.com) are all good options. You can try them out and see how they match up with your personal work style.
To be entered into the University IT Security Office’s contest to win an iPad 3 or Nexus tablet, go to http://oit.duke.edu/selfservice and change your NetID password. Everyone who completes our quiz, changes their NetID password, and completes one other task (to be announced soon), will be entered to win!