Today when I opened my mail there was a birthday card from Bob and Loli (my cousin and her husband) and inside there was an Itunes gift card and suggestions of how I could spend the money. You see when they were staying here Bob helped me with some powerful apps to get organized and help me figure out a few things on my Mac. I have always had PC’s so I am a little lost. He has always had a Mac and is pretty up to date on this technology so I was happy to get his help.
First up on the list of suggestions was 1 Password. This is an app that stores the logins and passwords of your many accounts. It can also generate complicated passwords which will make it harder to hack into your accounts. I do not know about you but I have a password and then there are variations of it depending on the site (and I can never remember which variation I need to use so I have an encrypted book that I use to remember everything). Really really really dumb thing to do. Here is an article that Bob shared that explains why. http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/password-isn-t-safe-90-vulnerable-hacking-213820350.html
I was very excited about 1 Password when Bob told me about but he suggested I wait because sometimes it goes on sale. Well thanks to the gift card I no longer have to wait. So today I downloaded the app, read the instructions like 5 times and proceeded to add one of my accounts. It took me a few times but I managed to add the account and figure out how to open up the account using the 1 Password app. It is really cool because you only have to remember the main password. I can do that. Just 1 password. I can now forget about all the others.
Another good thing that you can do is save the information in an encrypted file in a dropbox so you can access 1 Password from any computer or device. There are other fun things but for now I am just going to concentrate on uploading all of my current accounts.
What I figured out today is that I have been a very lucky person regarding my personal accounts. I have a friend who has had her accounts hacked on several occasions.