Passwords and online security

Having helped develop as well as facilitate the 2014 iteration of 23 Things for Research last year, you’d think that maybe I was pretty well sorted and on-top of all the technologies that we promoted and supported. Well, I was certainly in for a rude shock regarding my password security. While I did have one really good password, that’s all I had. I was using the same password for everything. This was because I was mostly too lazy and couldn’t be bothered to try and remember yet another password for yet another online service. The online password testing tool is truly sobering to use (* It also really highlights how out of step and risky the University of Auckland’s password requirements for network accounts are).  However, unlike the last comment in John Oliver’s comedy skit with Edward Snowden, I have changed my processes for managing my online accounts and passwords and have been happily using 1Password ever since last years event. Can’t recommend this enough.

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  1. Pingback: 1, 2, 3 Things done and moving on to the next things | 23 Things for Research 2015: A parallel journey

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