Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:31

Passwords - can you remember them all?

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Passwords - can you remember them all?

As our use of the internet continues to grow so too does our list of usernames and passwords for the various websites we build a relationship with. We also know that many of you have difficulty remembering your PDPLA login credentials – so we have written this article to help you with this problem.

In an ideal world passwords should be a non-dictionary long mixture of upper and lowercase alpha-numeric characters with symbol/s included - and not used on more than one site. Keeping track of these passwords (and even creating them) is an ongoing and increasing challenge for all web users. However, there are systems available that have been widely adopted, tested and found to be very secure and are available to all that can take much of the pain away.

Solutions do exist for this problem...

You could let your web browser save your password, however if other people have access to your computer they could easily access your saved passwords, and if you ever dispose of your computer without properly destroying the data on your hard drive the next user may be able to recover that data. Additionally, if your computer was ever compromised by malware it would likely find a way to access these passwords. Historically web browsers have been terrible at encrypting and storing passwords securely - they allowed access without a master password, and used poor encryption methods. Some of these issues have been addressed now but 3rd party password managers commonly have greater security and more features.

A better option is to use a third party password manager (wikipedia explanation) that can save any/all of your passwords in an encrypted way either on your computer or in "the cloud". Typically, you have one great password to unlock the password manager and then it can automatically fill in (or save) your details on the website you wish to log in to. So you only need to remember that single password to access dozens, or hundreds or even thousands of your other passwords. Your master password is used to uniquely encrypt/decrypt your other passwords, so unless it is known to an attacker they will not be able to see or decode any of your stored passwords. Additionally these password managers can be used on multiple devices so if you save a password when you are using your computer it can be available to you when you are using your tablet or phone.

The developers of this website use Lastpass and Roboform but there are many other options that will allow you to reach password Nirvana... The links below are offered for your information only and we have no affiliation with any of the websites.

If you know your PDPLA user-ID and password and you access the site from a device which is not shared with others, tick the "remember me" checkbox next time you sign in. The login data is encrypted and stored on your hard-drive and is safe should your device be hacked or stolen.

If you don’t know your PDPLA username or password, send a request to our membership secretary (membership@pdpla.com) to reset your account.

Last modified on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:47

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