Avoiding Password Fasciitis with LionLock

[box type="shadow" align="aligncenter" ]Disclosure: I'm giddy with excitement to be a LionLock ambassador. Lord knows I have the mane for it.[/box]

A B C, easy as one, two, three
As simple as do re mi
A B C, one, two, three, baby, you and me girl

Those words always pop into my head as I try to come up with new codes that will be uncrackable in my password world. It used to be my chant and prayer to the password gods that this time, I recalled the right letters, numbers and symbols in the right order.

I've introduced you to LionLock and given you some tips on how to tame passwords as it relates to keeping your lists in a good place (you know, as opposed to on the post its decorating your monitor right now).

I struggled with passwords last week. There are some sites I hadn't been to since I started using LionLock and that forced the blank stare, annoyance and utter look of despair that formed on my face. I like to call this condition password faciitis. Don't know what that is? Here, let me help you.

password fasciitis /fas·ci·itis/ (fas-e-i´tis) (n): inflammation of the spirit at the audacity of the brain to not remember all 3,029 passwords with appropriate capitals, numbers and symbols. Password fasciitis presents with eye twitching, the feeling that you've been given a right-hook to the eye, side mouth and a variety of colorful (yet not password related) phrases. You could end up looking like this as you stare at your screen:

eyes

As I struggled with remembering and then resetting and then making sure I had it all captured in my Vault I wondered about your passwords. How do you generate them? How do you come up with them?

I have a hierarchy of passwords. What does that mean? Sites where I have little to no personal information get a certain type of password and they get systematically more complicated as the level of information contained within the site goes up. But I will say I'm guilty of doing a few things I shouldn't have.

Here's a short list of password don'ts for y'all:

  • Don't use names of significant others, children, pets, etc.
  • For numbers: don't use phone numbers, social security numbers of birth dates
  • Don't reuse or recycle passwords across multiple accounts

Below are a list of tips that I used just last night as a friend thought her computer had been hacked:

  • Keep a clean machine! Yes, this even applies to you Mac heads. Make sure that you keep all your software up-to-date
  • Don't forget to set your security software to monitor continuously and not just do it manually when you feel something is wrong
  • If something looks odd or suspicious, delete it! How many of you guys have gotten the email with just a link from your friend's account? And how many of you have clicked on it and gotten yourself into trouble?

What you should do is:

  • Include a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
  • Rotate your passwords
  • Use a secure password management tool to help keep you safe

I love that LionLock has a password generator that helps you create random, ridiculous and secure passwords (as opposed to: "password" and"12345678" both of which made the top 3 most common passwords in 2013). It helps me keep myself (and my client's information) safe.

It also helps me not tear my hair out when I can't remember a password. I can't tell you what a relief it's been to find myself with password faciitis but knowing immediately that I have the cure: LionLock!

Without divulging your passwords, do you select them randomly and how secure do you think they are?

Disclosure: I am a LionLock Ambassador. All opinions, thoughts and total lack of keeping passwords in my brain are purely my own.

One Simple Way to Become a Password Tamer

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[box type="shadow" align="aligncenter" ]Disclosure: I'm giddy with excitement to be a LionLock ambassador. Lord knows I have the mane for it.[/box] I wanted to title this post: losing my religion. Because for those of us that are small business owners, work seems like a religion sometimes, doesn't it? And losing access to all of our online information might be just as catastrophic.

We have so much riding on what we do and our reputation is part of it. I feel that my clients trust me with one of their most precious possessions: their online presence.  The thought of a client's site being hacked because passwords were improperly secured used to keep me up at night. As the frog princess says "can you imathine?"

Obviously, people will always find a way to hack and be evil. But I think that on the other side, a lot of times we try to keep passwords simple so that we can remember them which makes us a bit more vulnerable at times.

Of course, with technology being the way it is today, so much of our lives is "here". Online. On the web. In the cloud. Right? Which means we have more to remember, more to possibly lose and more to protect.

LionLock is the gatekeeper for me. It's hosted by Amazon EC2 secure servers in the United States region. This means that if my computer crashes, my passwords are still safe in the cloud and are always up to date, no matter where I'm accessing them from.

This is important to me because when I'm working with clients they might need to change a password for whatever reason (say they lose someone on their team) and all we have to do is make sure we update it in LionLock and voila!

We can see who has access to what information and can change that access at any point in time. LionLock keeps automatic reports of all the users you share vaults and/or passwords with as well as date/time users viewed or changed any passwords they have access to.

So I no longer have to place 32 calls to get access to client information or figure out who changed what password/when/where and how. When it comes to my personal information, I can share what I need to with my family so that I have peace of mind should I get run over by a bus.

I. Am. A. Password. Tamer. And lucky for you that with LionLock, you can be too!

Want to know more about this thing? Well feel free to join me and my girl Kelly on March 24th at 7:00 p.m. (EST) for a little chat over on The Twitter. There will be prizes, folks.

  • 2 - $25 Gift Cards
  • 1 - $50 Gift Card
  • 1 - $75 Gift Card
  • A grand prize of a lifetime subscription to LionLock (you're welcome!)

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