These days, most of us will use the Internet to perform secure transactions, such as online shopping, banking, email accounts… the list goes on. For each, you will have a password to go with your user name. With so many passwords to deal with, Internet users will often choose simple passwords that are easy to remember. Worse still, many will use the same password for each of their online accounts. Just imagine if an Internet fraudster or hacker got hold of that one password…
So it makes sense to take precautions to protect your login information. I was recently talking to an Internet Security specialist recently and he recommended a program called KeyPass. KeePass is a free (open source) program for Windows that holds all your passwords in one secure database.
The data is encrypted and the database itself is password protected, so all you have to remember is a single password to access all of your others. The software comes in a portable version that can be installed on a USB flash drive (aka memory stick) so you can access your passwords on any Windows computer. If you were to lose your flash drive, your passwords remain secure thanks to the strong data encryption.
Here’s the link to the KeyPass website: http://keepass.info/