Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Password Protected: Smart Tips for Managing Passwords

Password Protected

 by Guest Blogger Allison Venuto


If you’re anything like me, you have an overwhelming number of passwords and supreme difficulty remembering them.  Upon arrival at a login screen, you regularly click “reset my password,” you reset the password, you get into the account, you do the work you need, you swear that you’ll remember what you just entered, and you promptly forget the password.  So the next time you need to get into that account, you have to start the process all over again. 

Or.  Is that just me?


Here are some ways I’ve found to help me stop the vicious circle:


1.   Update password updates.  When a website requires a password update, immediately update your password chart with the information.  Remember.  You will forget.

2.   Keep all passwords in one location.  Write passwords on one paper and keep the paper under lock and key.  Another option is to use a free electronic system such as KeePass or Last Pass 4.0 to hold the information in a secure manner.      

3.   Make unique passwords.  Use the first three letters of the website to help you make each password unique.  For example, if your base password is:  People9$, your password for gmail would be People9$gma. 

Here’s to less time clicking the “forgot password” button and more time on making memories with our students.


Allison Venuto currently assists with the AVID program.  She attended ETSI* during Summer 2016 and yells significantly less at her computer screen now. @Mrs_Venuto

*ETSI: Plano ISD's Ed Tech Success Initiative summer institute

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