How to Keep Your Passwords Safe (and Still Find Them)

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It’s mind blowing when you think about how many passwords we have to remember. We have them for websites and even at work.

And don’t get me started on PINs. I have 3 cards plus my dad’s and I have to remember my husbands for him. It’s enough to make you crazy.

Anyway, back to passwords.

It’s hard to create one that is both strong and memorable. And if you have ADHD, it’s even harder because our brains have a funny way of filing things. We also have poor short term and working memory.

Are you guilty of keeping a list somewhere of your passwords?

I know I am. In 2 different places. And I still can’t remember some of them when I need to.

A refresher on passwords:

Change them now and then. Maybe once a year for the important ones.

Don’t make it anything obvious like your birthday or the word “password”. Really.

Use a combination of lower and upper case letters and numbers.

And of course, keep them safe.

That last part is what I want to talk about now.

Today I tried to log into 3 different sites where I have accounts and could not because I couldn’t remember the passwords, didn’t have them saved anywhere, and they didn’t turn out to be one of the few that I use frequently. That’s probably not a good idea either.

So I did some research and I found a program that is highly rated called LastPass. You can opt for the free version or “Go Premium” for just $12 a year. You get added features and mobile access among other things.

Here’s how it works:

You download the program and set up your account. You will need your email address and a strong master password. This is the only password you will need to remember from this point on.

Once you have it installed, you just navigate to your favorite password protected sites and login. LastPass will prompt you to save your login information, create new passwords for you, remind you when you need to change them, and more.

It also saves your profile when you shop online, saving you time at checkout.

LastPass has gotten very high ratings from some very impressive sites, including PC Editor and PC World.

Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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