OK, raise your hand if you love being asked to create a new password, or to enter one you’ve previously created. Nobody? That’s what I thought. We’re all asked for passwords constantly, and that leads a lot of people to do highly unsafe things like using the same password everywhere, or using simple, easy-to-guess passwords like
. Password manager apps can address part of this problem, but how do you choose one, and what should you do in situations where you can’t use a password manager? For that matter, why do we have the whole password problem in the first place, and are there any other ways to make our lives simpler without sacrificing security?
I answer these and many other questions about passwords in my book Take Control of Your Passwords, which lays out the whole story of password security in an easy-to-read way. I explain my time-tested, three-step password strategy—and even help you explain to your cranky uncle what to do if he just won’t accept professional advice about using passwords.
This book, like all Take Control titles, comes as an ebook, and you can download any combination of formats—PDF, EPUB, and/or Kindle’s Mobipocket format—so you can read it on pretty much any computer, smartphone, tablet, or ebook reader. The cover price is $14.99, but as an Interesting Thing of the Day reader, you can buy it this week for 30% off, or just $10.49.