Passwords ImagePasswords: There is a lot of password advice available these days (we recently provided some on our Easy & Strong Passwords issue), because a lot of bad things can happen when people use weak or easily guessed passwords or the same password for multiple sites.   Some companies ask employees to change their passwords on a regular basis, which sometimes prompts employees to choose simple, easily remembered, weak passwords.  What’s the escape plan - how can you manage a myriad of passwords?

What you can do is place the burden of remembering passwords on somebody else.  Give yourself one password to remember, store it somewhere physically safe but accessible, and have a backup available pretty much anywhere you go.  There are a number of services available to choose from.

Two of the leading services, LastPass and 1Password, provide this kind of one-password-for-all-of-them security. You create a strong password for those services, and then install their software on your browser, desktop, phone and tablet. They collect the passwords and credit card data you use online, make them easy to plug in where they’re needed, and store them in a strongly encrypted database to which only you have the key (neither service ever sees or knows what you have in your password store).

I, personally, use LastPass.  LastPass allows me to use secure passwords and not have to worry about remembering them.  I was able to import password data from the previous software I had used so the transition to it was really easy.