Technology New world. Passwords: our tips for managing them better

New world. Passwords: our tips for managing them better

Password illustration. (JEAN-LUC FLÉMAL / MAXPPP)

For several years, every first Thursday in May has been declared “world password day”, at the initiative of large technology companies (Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, etc.). This is to raise awareness of the importance of passwords.

Which password to choose?

The perennial question of choosing a password is an annoyance of digital life. We must put an end to passwords that are too simple, such as “toto123 *”. Instead, you should definitely use long passwords, which mean nothing understandable and unrelated to your personal life. Hackers use software that can guess passwords that are too short in minutes, and artificial intelligence-based systems can even guess codes made up of words.

Someone who knows you who would like to hurt you might guess your password if you use your children’s first names or your dog’s name. In addition, it is imperative to activate two-factor authentication each time on the services that offer this option. It is a security by SMS, by mobile application or simply by sending a temporary code via e-mail. It is a very secure system, used in particular to secure banking services.

How to keep your passwords?

The good news is that you don’t have to remember all the passwords you need on a daily basis. All you have to do is use a password manager, a kind of safe allowing you to secure all the codes by keeping them always at hand. A password manager makes it possible to use strong passwords without worrying about their complexity since, if necessary, a simple copy and paste is sufficient. Today, password managers are built into Windows or MacOS and even some browsers, like Chrome. If you want to have them always on hand no matter which computer or smartphone you use, your best bet is to use an external manager like Dashlane, 1password or even LastPass. Only the main password, which allows access to all the others, must be known by heart and of a high level of complexity.

In the absence of a password manager, writing down all your codes by hand in a small notebook is not necessarily the worst idea for some people. But you still have to remember to update each password change and, above all, keep this notebook in a safe place (not in the drawer of your open space desk, for example).

Will we ever be able to do without passwords?

We regularly hear about innovation which should allow us, in the future, to dispense with passwords. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. Biometrics (facial recognition, fingerprint or other) is a very good way to simplify access but it is only shortcuts that do not exempt from creating passwords.

Remember that fraudulent access to your email can lead to endless trouble, including identity theft by crooks who will not hesitate to take out loans or commit criminal offenses. your name.

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