Use a Password Manager
If you want to keep track of all of your passwords, get a free password manager! You’ve got plenty of options (1Password, LastPass, or Dashlane). We recommend LastPass: https://www.lastpass.com
Create a system for STRONG passwords (if you don’t use a password manager).
- Come up with a sentence (for example, Come On Vogue Let Your Body Move)
- Take the first letter of each word: COVLYBM
- Add 1 number and 1 symbol: COVLYBMTTM7$
- Add the first letter of the website you are logging into (e.g. Gmail): COVLYBMTTM7$g
Tip: Make sure to sign up to Firefox Monitor to receive notifications if a password on a site you use has been leaked online after a breach!
Here’s what NOT to do
- Don’t use the same password for all websites!
- Don’t create a password that is easy to guess — for example, one with your name, birthdate, or hometown.
- Never share your password with other people.
- Be very careful about storing your passwords in a document on your computer or your phone. If you feel like it might be safer than using a password manager, make sure that they are stored in the cloud (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox) as opposed to your desktop.
- Avoid using biometrics (fingerprints, face, etc…) for sites or devices run by companies you do not know, since these may be used without your knowledge or consent.