Last week you learned about high-risk accounts and created a list of them. This week's task is to change your password on one of them to a strong, unique password (here's everything you ever needed to know about passwords). You can change more than one of course, but let's start small. The first one is the most challenging because it's not just about changing the password. You also should come up with a way to generate a strong, unique password that you'll be able to remember.
That's the challenge, isn't it? One way to do it is to install a password manager and have it generate the password. There are pros and cons to this technique which we'll discuss in a future prompt. This week I'm going to teach you a method for developing strong, unique, and memorable passwords.
The Strong and Memorable Password Formula:
You can now go through all your high-risk accounts and change the passwords, or you can just do one, and next week when you get the next Privacy Prompt, do the next one. Eventually you'll have gotten through them all.
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Ryan Kriger is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont. He writes on privacy and data security and teaches about privacy, consumer protection and policy at the University of Vermont.