WEIGHT LOSS NOW. FIND OUT HOW!
Wow! I said to myself. This message, coming from a trusted friend of mine, intrigued the hell out of me. I clicked the link. It was all spam! My friend apologised and said she'd been hacked. "You should change your password," I told her. "Yes, I did, I'm safe now," she replied.
The NEXT DAY she sent out the exact message with the exact same link. Hacked again!
This article was written for her benefit. I sent her a draft and she said, "Yeah, it's not very funny and it doesn't make me want to install password software."
Until a few days ago, my online safety was laughable. Not laughable in a good way, like my joke about Hitler's favourite boy band. Laughable in a bad way, like "You've used the same password on every website you've ever been on" kind of laughable.
My password used to look like this:
Looks hard to guess? Correct. It would take a Commodore 64 over ten trillion years to hack that. By then, the sun will have exploded and killed us all and if there is still a universe of some sort, the only lifeform will be the ghost of French smugness, which is eternal.
Being careless and lazy about passwords is stupid. You're making it easy for people to ruin your reputation, steal your identity, and spend your money.
I knew there was password management software out there. They do two things: they generate impossible-to-guess passwords and store them in a database which is more or less unbreakable. Unbreakable even to freedom-hating governments who spy on their citizens.
I've wanted to get a grip on my password situation for a long time, but it seemed like too much work. When I forced myself to sit and do it I found it was easy enough. I showed my girlfriend how to do it and wrote this guide based on that conversation.
(I'm told the look and feel of the Mac version is much nicer.)
Jen: "You're such a child."
Andrew: "Stop being a baby. Click the generate button. You can use the eye button above it to show the password."