6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

How To Video: Create and manage secure passwords

About Video Transcript

How To Video: Create and manage secure passwords

3:04 /

Sharon Vaknin reveals some tips for making secure passwords and shows you the best ways to keep track of them all.

Think, social network, e-mail, even your storage cloud. Every month, we log in to dozens of websites using a password but no way do want people guessing what your password is and logging in to your account. Hopefully, I don't have to tell you that using passwords like 123456, qwerty or your first name are not okay. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET and today I'll show you how to create secure passwords and how to keep track of them all. To start a good password, it's made of upper case and lower case letters or variety of punctuation marks and numbers. Ideally, our passwords would look something like this but that's not exactly realistic. So, try this method. Make up a phrase like the Giants should win the world series in 2013 then just take the initials, numbers and punctuation from the phrase to create a password that looks like this. If you wanna see just how secure your password is, go to a website like howsecureismypassword.net. The website will rate your password based on how long it would take to crack. So, if you enter something weak like 123456, the meter would tell you why your password is so crappy and how you can fix it. I don't recommend putting passwords that you actually plan to use in these websites though. They might now be secure and are only meant for educational purposed. Now that you know how to create super secure passwords, make sure you're using a different one for almost every service you use. Why, because if someone cracks one password and you use it for everything else, your online life will we compromised. The thing is, it's going to get really hard to remember all those crazy passwords you made. So, you have a few options. One, memorize all your passwords. Okay, don't do that. Two, write them down on a piece of paper and put them somewhere safe. This is the old school method but it works. The obvious got to hear though is that if someone finds that piece of paper, you're in trouble. The third and best option is to use a password manager like LastPass. You can grab the program for just about any operating system and browser around the CNET download page. LastPass stores and encrypt all of your passwords for you and autofills your account log ins and whenever you create a new online account, LastPass can generate a secure password for you. The only scary part of that LastPass is that it's all kept secure with one master password. So, make sure that one's extra hard to crack. Trading off greater of raw security and convenience for that flaw will be completely up to you and just like any online service, LastPass could be susceptible to security issues of it's own. Now that you know how to make and manage secure passwords, go give your security a little make over and if you have any questions, tweet me and subscribe to my Facebook page for more tips like this. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin.

New releases

XCAR Awards 2014: Person of the year
1:41 December 20, 2014
Some incredibly people crossed paths with XCAR in 2014. We look back to see who impressed us most.
Play video
2014 BMW i8 (CNET On Cars, Episode 56)
19:02 December 19, 2014
BMW's i8 is definitely a taste of the future -- but whose? We'll shed some light on MPGe, the benchmark for tomorrow's cars. And we...
Play video
Need a new size? Just tap the mirror
1:55 December 19, 2014
In a place where fashion comes first, tech is coming in at a close second. In major department stores and small boutiques, the dressing...
Play video
Did life forms exist on Mars? Curiosity makes a big find, Ep. 187
4:46 December 19, 2014
It's the last Crave show of 2014. This week, Curiosity makes a huge discovery, the US Navy has a shark drone and American satellites...
Play video
Obama: Sony wrong to pull movie over hackers' threats
2:56 December 19, 2014
President Obama addresses the Sony cyberattack and vows to respond to North Korea. Also, T-Mobile settles cramming lawsuit, and Facebook...
Play video
A cheap activity tracker you will actually want to wear
2:11 December 19, 2014
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a look at one of the most affordable fitness trackers on the market.
Play video
Embarrassing moments in tech (2014)
2:53 December 19, 2014
The high profile tech of 2014 that aimed for the stars and landed in the gutter.
Play video
Solid tablet design hindered by so-so performance
2:48 December 19, 2014
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 has an excellent ergonomic build, but its performance lacks the same finesse.
Play video