Data Security is a constant concern yet most do not change passwords often enough.
Worse yet the same password is used over and over and even over again.
And if that is not bad enough we tend to not keep our passwords organized.
We don’t have a secure way to save them and remember them.
We use sticky notes and random pieces of paper.
Worse yet some people write them down on papers in their wallets.
Oh god no, don’t do this.
Especially not for your bank and credit cards.
That is like leaving the front door key stored in the lock.
Data Security is even more important to have good passwords that you rotate.
How often should I change my password for Data Security ?
Most people keep their passwords for a long time.
How long ?
Years and sometimes even decades.
Yes this makes it easy, but its very dangerous.
You should change passwords annually.
Do this when you file Income taxes and change the batteries in your fire alarms.
In fact you should setup a list of things to do annually.
There is going to be many things.
Batteries in Fire alarms.
Water Filters to be changed.
Batteries in front door electric systems.
Remote controls need new batteries.
PIN numbers for Credit cards and bank cards.
Passwords for you phone and Tablet.
Computer and WIFI Passwords.
So how can you avoid the messy and problematic sticky note passwords ?
Setup a password protected file in notepad, word, or excel.
Should I use password programs instead ?
Password programs work very well.
Very well unless they get hacked.
While this is rare you need to view it in the hard light of reality.
They WILL eventually get hacked.
If you use this method you need to ensure certain things are not done this way.
Online Banking is definitely not something you want to use Password programs for.
For online accounts that do not have credit cards linked to them you are fine and it makes your life very easy.
Read our Main Article on Recovering Lost Files to understand your options and limitations.