One of the hardest habits we struggle to get our clients to break is writing down their passwords on sticky notes by their PC. Obviously, this is a security risk.

Another bad habit is choosing really easy-to-remember passwords such as “password.” But admittedly, it CAN be hard remembering all of those passwords that are always changing. To solve this little dilemma, we’re suggesting to our clients to stop using passwords and use “pass-phrases.”

What is a “pass-phrase” you ask? They are letters and numbers put together in an easy-to- remember phrase such as “GoEagles19!” These are MUCH easier to remember than a random cluster of letters and numbers, which means you won’t have to write them down on a post-it note anymore!

Pass-phrases can be built from anything, such as favorite quotes, lines from movies, sports team names, a favorite athlete’s name and jersey number, kids’ names and birthdates, pets, and so on.

Alternatively, you can also sign up for a Password Management Tool. At a basic level, a Password Manager is a service that allows people to secure all of their account log in information with one master password. We prefer LastPass, but other similarly priced and effective options would be Roboform or Dashlane.  Some of these have a free option but come on folks – these are your passwords you’re talking about.