I have over 100 passwords that I have to keep track of between work and everything else. If you’re as forgetful as I am, this can be a daunting list! After trying many different password management strategies, I’ve finally landed on one that’s easy for me to work with, and allows for a strong unique password for each web site I visit. Best of all, I only have to remember one single password.
Before we get into the details of password management best practices, I’d like to take a moment to remind you as to why it’s important to have unique and strong passwords. Recently Georgia Tech researchers published a study that shows that with modern computing power, it’s possible to crack 8-character passwords in under two hours. But by adding 4 extra character, the length of time increases to over 17,000 years. That’s because each additional character increases the possibilities (and subsequently the number of passwords to try) by approximately 95 times.