Do You Share Your Password?

If you do, you’re not alone.  According to Intercede, an identity security software company:

While 52% of respondents stated that security was a top priority when choosing a mobile device, 51% are putting their personal data at risk by sharing usernames and passwords with friends, family and colleagues.

Sharing usernames and passwords poses many risks: identity theft, fraud, and in the case of MAACLink, breaches of client confidentiality and our User Agreement, potentially resulting in loss of access to MAACLink.

I don’t know anyone who loves memorizing multiple passwords comprised of random letters and numbers, but the alternatives are far worse.

Most of us can benefit from some – but not all! – of the advice in this top search result for “tips for remembering passwords.”  I like the recommendations to use a short phrase (such as “MayTheForceBeWithYou67!”), connect the first letters of a sentence (“MTFBWY67!,” using the previous phrase), and combining a phrase with vowel elimination (“MThFrcBWth67!”) or randomly placed substitutions (“M4yTheForc3BeW!thYou67!”)

I’m skeptical of the article’s ideas that involve using personally identifiable information such as your name, zip code, meaningful dates, or current dates, all of which are predictable using publicly available information.

Have I convinced you to update your accounts – especially your MAACLink account! – with stronger passwords that you won’t share with anyone, ever?