Security Tip: 5 Easy Ways to Remember Your Strong Password

With all the information we keep on our computers, our USB drives, our email accounts, and all other kinds of digital systems, it’s not rare to easily collect half-a-dozen passwords, or even more, that one needs to remember. Strong passwords are important, of course. And many times you simply can’t have the same password for multiple applications; what one system demands for a password might not be the same as another. While multiple passwords will certainly make it harder for prying eyes to get a hold of your data, it can also be counterproductive. Keep reading for 5 easy ways that you can remember your strong password.

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Use a Password Manager

Alright, this might be cheating, as you won’t technically have to remember much. But a password manager is a welcomed solution to the problem of having countless passwords to remember. With a password manager, you just remember one, and it will handle all the rest. Unfortunately, though, password manager only work on computers that they’re installed on.

Use Random Words You Love

The most secure passwords are the ones that are long and full of random characters. This makes them almost impossible to guess. It also defeats the vast majority of hacking attempts that try to break in through the sheer brute force of constantly entering option after option.

Unfortunately, random characters can be very difficult to remember. Random words, on the other hand, are much easier to commit to memory. Best of all, they have proven to be almost as secure when it comes to protecting your data. Try your first pet’s name, the street you grew up on, and the day of the month you were born on. Or have it be your favorite animal, your dream car, and your mother’s maiden name. Though opinions may vary about this, you can probably afford to write down a reminder—somewhere safe, perhaps in your cell phone—that simply says, “favorite baseball player, sister’s birthday, dream vacation.” That makes for an easy reminder that practically no one should be able to figure out.

Use Mnemonic Devices

Because random characters are such a strong password, there’s a very good argument to choose them. “I always get my password on the first try”, for example, can be changed to “Iagmpot1t.” This is an extremely strong password that’s easy to remember.

Write Down Your Passwords and Keep Them Safe

If you’re particularly concerned about forgetting all your passwords, it’s ok to write them down. However, it’s then of the utmost importance that you store them somewhere safe. They should be nowhere near the computer you use them for. So, if your passwords are for an office computer, keep them locked away at home. If you have a home office, consider writing them down in the back of a favorite book kept on a shelf in another room.

Rotate Passwords

Most systems that require passwords also require you to change them regularly. When possible, simply rotate your passwords through systems. This helps keep you from making countless passwords that you’ll have a hard time remembering. So long as none of your systems have been compromised, there’s no point in wasting a strong password.


Attracting Younger Employees with BYOD

We’ve all heard about the benefits associated with formally embracing a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy in the workplace: It increases employee productivity, saves on costs, and makes employees happy. However, what too few people are discussing is the possibility of using BYOD to attract the right kind of employees. After all, a recent Unisys report found that 44% of potential job-seekers are more willing to investigate a company if they offer personal iPad support. Add to that the growing number of iPhone and other smart-device users, and you have a substantial chunk of the workforce that views BYOD as an important feature in an employer.

This all makes sense when you look at it from the point of view of a prospective employee. Most new hires—especially those from Generation Y—already own a mobile smart device of some kind. Thus, having a company supply them with a second, work-only device is completely superfluous. No one wants to have multiple smartphones or tablets on their person, and having to alternate between the two when juggling business and personal calls and contacts could get frustrating very quickly.

Businesses are beginning to realize that, rather than having to draw a distinct line between work and leisure, employees prefer to be able to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.

Add to that the increased flexibility and comfort from working with a familiar device, and it only makes sense that the younger generations will want a company that supports BYOD.

Still, BYOD isn’t all advantages. While it is being used to attract the best new hires in the field,it may also catch the eye of certain less-desirable employees. BYOD creates some very well known security problems that could be easily exploited by someone with the desire to do such a thing. By allowing sensitive company data to be accessed by personal devices, the company essentially loses control of it. That data can be copied and shared without restriction, thus potentially compromising valuable company information. To protect themselves, companies will need a detailed BYOD policy, and the digital security to enforce it.

However, at least for now, it seems as though the rewards of BYOD outweigh the costs, and nowhere is this more true than in relation to attracting employees. And as time moves on, more and more employees are going to demand that their employers allow BYOD in one form or another.

With the Millennial Generation slowly moving towards becoming the majority in the modern workplace, most employers are going to find that their workers are more connected and personal-device dependent than ever before. There certainly seems to be a connection between younger workers and a desire for BYOD policies, with six out of ten workers in their 20s and 30s relying on personal devices to do their jobs. These younger employees may not currently make up the majority of the workforce, but as older workers retire and their positions are filled, more and more Millennials will flow in to replace them. Thus, for a company to be competitive—perhaps not today, but in a few years from now—they’ll need to be not simply BYOD supportive, but rather they’ll need to be BYOD reliant.