In my many years of being a web designer, I’ve seen it all when it comes to password management. Some clients have books they logged each password in. Many clients will “save password” on their browsers and call it a day. Others will simply use the same password for everything. And while I’m all for my clients doing what works for them, I also want them to be safe when it comes to their password management.
Clients are horrified if they ever have me reset a password for their WordPress site. It’s always a messy, long, “cut and paste” password that WordPress itself generates. WordPress is doing this for a reason. If your password is easy to guess, your website is more vulnerable than ever. Your passwords need to be strong and unique. Never use your birthday, your phone number, pet names or other items that might be found in the public record.
These days, password management is a breeze. I have been using LastPass for a few years now and completely rely on it for all my password management. They have a generous free account, a $3 a month option that includes sharing, and it’s only $4 a month for a family account. This brings all your passwords to all your devices. Phones, laptops, and tablets.
I currently have over 440 passwords stored in my LastPass account and I never use the same password. They are now all ugly and meaningless. It’s just safer that way.
If you haven’t started using a password manager, it’s a good time to get started.