How to Manage and Recover Your Passwords

With so many different websites out there, it may seem impossible to manage passwords all the time now. They all want different passwords, but if that was the case, either the passwords become easy to guess, or it’s mind bogglingly difficult to remember all of the different ones.

Websites and companies don’t want your information to be stolen either. They are on your side! That is why they allow you to recover or reset your password when you are unable to remember it. This allows you to choose more difficult passwords and ensure that your information is always safe and protected. The process isn’t too complicated. You’ll merely need to check your email. They will send you everything you need to get your password back. In most cases, you won’t be able to just use it again, and you’ll have to use a new password. That’s fine though. It’s another chance to remember a difficult password. It will get you back using your favorite website or service in no time!

  • Q: How do I recover my password?
    A: Typically on every sign in page, there will be a small link that says “reset your password” or “forgot your password”. By clicking that, you will initiate the process. From there, it will depend on the website. Some will require you to verify who you are through a test. There are “bots” on the internet which may try to fish for information. Sometimes, you will need to prove you are not one of them by typing in something you see on the screen. A password recover or reset option will be sent to your email. In some cases, it may be sent to your cell phone if you prefer that option.
  • Q: Do I really need a different password for every website I have joined?
    A: In an ideal world, the answer is yes. It’s admittedly difficult to do. Many passwords means remembering them all. Remembering them all often means making them weaker so they can be remembered. If you can’t make all of your passwords be unique, there are other options. Later on we will talk about about password protection services. Another option is to create “tiers” of passwords. For websites that have almost no personal information, many will use the same password. Then they will make different passwords for different types. However, any website that has financial information should always be unique no matter what if you want security.
  • Q: How do I make sure other people can’t use the “recover my password” option for my accounts? 
    A: Whenever you create an account, you will be leaving an email address as the first way to contact you if you forget your password. By making that email address very secure, then no one can use it against you. Sometimes you will also get the option to use your phone as another form of verification. In order to recover and change a password, you will have to enter a code that is sent via text message to your phone. As long as the attempted thieves don’t have every piece of information, you will be nicely safe and secure.
  • Q: What’s a Password Service?
    A: One of the best inventions by security companies lately are password services. Companies like “Lastpass” provide extra security for you. These are additions to your browser. Essentially, you create one very difficult master password. This password logs you in to your password vault or the service each time you use the internet. The password vault will protect all of your passwords. They can fill them in automatically any time you visit a website. In addition, they can also suggest really creative and nearly impossible to guess passwords when you sign up somewhere and then save the password into the vault. Next time you visit, the password and username will be automatically inserted by the service. What’s even better is that this is a great protection against hackers. If hackers try to get your information, they aren’t trying to hack a personal computer, but a highly secure service that puts immense amounts of time and effort into your security. They are great services to have and many of them offer full protection in a free to use model!
  • Q: Can I just keep my passwords saved on my computer or written on paper?
    A: This is not the best idea. This also goes for keeping them on paper or the like. Passwords are often designed around two factor authenticity. This refers to needing both physical access (like your computer or phone) and a mentally secure password. If the password is available on a phone, or piece of paper near your computer, it wouldn’t be able to stop thieves from gathering your information.

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