Password Please !

policeofficerThere’s no doubt we live in a computer world.  If  your business isn’t on the Internet but  you’ve been thinking of taking your business in this direction with a website, blog or marketing program or maybe you want to start something new  – you’re making the right decision. In some cases, an entrepreneur may have several businesses, websites, blogs, etc that require associations with peripheral sites, i.e., domain accounts, hosting accounts, financial, marketing, and social. Over time as the businesses build, these accounts may number upwards of 100 – possibly even  more. In each case, almost without exception – a user name and password will be required to register, access the account, make changes to the user profile, update billing information as well as edit account other features.

When completing online registrations, it is easy – and very tempting – to input the same user name and password for each account registered.  However, this is not a good idea, nor is it secure.  The same information should never be used twice.  There are unscrupulous people out there who make a habit of phishing for information.  Should one of these unscrupulous people  manage to breach one account and find that the user name and password they have  is relevant to all other accounts you have  – this in deed would be a disaster.    Therefore, make each account’s security information unique – you particularly want to make your password difficult.  Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, and  numbers.  On occasion you may be allowed to use symbols in your passwords, i.e,  $,  #,  * ,  ), etc. – if you have this option – use it.  It adds an extra bit of security since most people would not think to use them. 

At first, you may find keeping track of names and passwords will not be difficult since you will most probably have only a few user names and passwords to remember. However, as you expand your business, add on websites, create blogs and start moving  into the social marketing realm –  such as Twitter, Squidoo, and Hub Pages or joining forums –  you will find it more difficult to keep track of all the accounts and their log-in information.    This particularly will be true if you have followed the recommendation above  to create passwords with a series of letters, numbers and symbols – rather than a word.  (Note:  Never use family names or birthdays or combinations of  these for your passwords.  These are the first things crooks look at.)  There is an easy solution to the problem – Roboform.    Roboform not only will fill in the log-ins for you with the appropriate user name and password, but also  will maintain a complete passlist of your accounts – along with user name and password.  It can also  fill in forms, allow you to manage your list – which is password protected with a master password, and it can print out a complete list of all accounts and their associated passwords and user names  whenever you like. Every time you enter a new account user name and password – Roboform will ask you if you want to ‘remember’ it.  You have the option to set up a new ‘log in’, ‘cancel’ or ‘overwrite’ an existing password should the password have changed.    Changing passwords occasionally is a good  idea and having Roboform makes this easy.   If you think Roboform would be a good tool for your business – you can get more information here.

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