Right. Of course we do.
And we all follow that wisdom, always, without fail, right?
I mean, except for that throwaway password. You know the one. The same one you’ve been using for random I’ll-probably-never-be-here-again sites (and apps) for years and years. The one you never use for important things. I mean, who cares if anyone cracks that one? That’s why it’s OK that it’s short, and crackable, and re-used so often.
For “fun” this morning, I opened up 1Password and created a Smart Folder like so:
That blurry part there, is of course, my throwaway password of choice. That count is, indeed, 104 logins. 104 logins that were somehow trivial enough for a junk password, yet worthy of a “Save” click when I created them.
But hey, none of those are important sites, right? Nothing with financial implications or anything.
- The site where I sell most of my music.
- The other site where I sell music through iTunes, etc.
- Kickstarter, where some of that music was funded.
- And so on.
I had planned to spend the rest of the morning doing my taxes; that sounds like more fun than what I ended up doing.
Changing 104 passwords takes a while, but at least I’m not doing it in a blind panic after one of those many sites had their database compromised.
Take a minute today to search your favorite password tool. You may be embarrassed by what you turn up, but console yourself this way: “At least I didn’t tell the whole internet about it like Paul did.”