Solid, complex and properly-protected passwords are the foundation of your technological security. Maintaining good passwords is surprisingly challenging.  For one thing, the quality of solid passwords inherently makes remembering them difficult. Add an ever increasing number of passwords and you’ve got a perfect recipe for the frustration of constant password resets – a time consuming and costly headache for you and your staff.

Fortunately, there are some excellent, low-cost and easy-to-implement solutions in the form of password management programs. The basic idea is that a single program keeps all of your passwords in an encrypted database. My favorite solution is the free and open-source Password Safe. After downloading and installing, simply enter your passwords – entering 30 passwords took me about 20 minutes. Thereafter, simply use this program to access all your passwords.  Any of your passwords are at your disposal with a simple click that copies it to your clipboard. It really couldn’t be simpler. However, be sure to back-up your database, perhaps by sending to your gmail account, and be sure not to forget your password!

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