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From time to time, surveys are conducted in the UK to find out how seriously people take Internet security. The results are usually shocking.

Until this year, the most commonly used password was “password,” and the top five included other easily guessable passwords such as “123456” and “abcdef.” I can’t remember what number one was this year, but it was something along the same lines.

Managing user IDs and passwords is one of the most stressful things we have have to deal with in the modern world, so I thought it might be an interesting topic for us to discuss. Here is how I deal with the problem of passwords.

When I lived in Sapporo, I had an Internet provider that gave me a password consisting of a mixture of letters and numbers. I don’t know why, but I found it really easy to remember, so I started using it for all of my accounts.

A few years ago, however, I realised that this was dangerous. A lot of people do the same thing – i.e., use the same password for all of their accounts. The problem is that if one of those accounts is hacked and the password leaked, criminals can search for other accounts in your name and get into them by using the same password.

The way I solved this problem was by buying password-management software. The one I use is called “mSecure,” and I have it on my computer and on my phone. When I set up a new account, I store the user name in the database, and it automatically generates really complicated passwords. When I want to access that account, I open the software using the password I remember, and then I copy and paste the password I need onto the web page. The passwords I use for important things like bank accounts are so long and complicated that I have no idea what most of them are.

Here is an example of a password that the software generated. (I don’t actually use this one, of course.)


That is what a good password should look like. Unfortunately, passwords like this are impossible for normal people to remember.

The data on my phone is protected so that if someone enters the wrong password three times, all the passwords are automatically deleted. The data syncs across devices, so if I update a password on my phone, it is automatically updated on my computer as well. If I lose my phone, I can still access the passwords from my computer.

So that is how I deal with the password problem, and I would love to know what all of you do. Do you use easy passwords? Do you use the same password for multiple accounts? If you do, it might be time to think again about your Internet security.

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  1. Tsuneko on Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I use not-complicated but not-that-easy passwords and use the same one for almost all of my accounts. I’m always thinking it is dangerous and it is time I started to use some different passwords for Internet security. I’m getting to feel like buying password-managing software.

  2. Biwa on Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 09:24 AM

    Hi everyone,

    This is a very interesting topic, and I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone does!

    Like most people, I do use the same password for almost everything because I can’t remember so many! Also, I’ve never heard of a password-management software until I read this entry. It sounds wonderful, but is it really that safe? I can’t help thinking that if it was created by some people, it should be quite easy for them to break the code.

    Anyway, I don’t really trust any Internet security system, so I don’t have any net-bank accounts. I understand that it must be very handy to have one, though. I sometimes buy things online, but I have a special bank account and a credit card for doing that. I just deposit the minimum necessary money into that account so that I won’t have to lose so much money in case my password is hacked.

  3. Animal Farm on Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Hi David,

    Thank you so much for your feedback! It is always interesting to read not only my feedback, but also other members.

    Hi everyone,

    So my password is do not hacked, I try to do mainly three things.
    First, I change my password as often as possible.
    Second, I do not share my password with anyone. This seems obvious, but I’ve heard many spammers will get passwords by pretending to be schools and businesses.
    Last, I use difficult password including numbers, letters, and characters. I try not to use words, names, and easily recognizable things.

    Talking about password-management software, I’ve never heard about this software. It seems they can create mostly unhackable password, but so far, I don’t feel I need to buy one. Maybe someday… Thanks for sharing!

  4. YU on Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 08:30 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I use an identical password for almost all things. I don’t think it’s easily gessable. I know it’s very dangerous, but I can’t remember so many different passwords. When you have family, you often need to remember PINs of your husband’s, children’s or even your old parents’ too. Recent cash cards have a fingerprint identification function, but it works only when the account holders try. Anyway, it’s very stressful.

    Hi David,

    > When I want to access that account, I open the software using the password I remember,

    That means, you anyway have to remember the password to open the software. What would happen if you should forget it?

  5. Anne on Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 09:26 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I have several passwords for my accounts. As for bank accounts, they are a bit complicated, but usual passwords like Amazon are not. Even so, it’s difficult for me to remember all of them, so I wrote them down in a file on my computer.
    Maybe I should use different passwords for different websites, but some of them are the same.

    I guess I should buy the password management software to avoid the problem, but I wonder if it might cause me another problem and I don’t have confidence to deal with it.

  6. Fumie on Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    It’s an interesting topic. I read a similar article somewhere but I don’t remember where, could be newspaper or Japan Today or The Ellen DeGeneres.
    Anyway, like most members, I use the same password for multiple accounts because I can only memorize a few passwords. Although they are not so complicated as David wrote as an example yet not so predictable ones. I’ve never heard of password management software but I’m not sure if they will solve the problem. Having different passwords and wrote them somewhere like Anne did sounds nice but I might forget where I wrote them.

    Hi Biwa,

    I hope you will make a full recovery soon.
    > Does it happen to you, too?
    No, I’ve been in top shape recently; I rarely get sick.

  7. Biwa on Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Hi everyone,

    I’m somewhat relieved to know that many of you struggle to deal with passwords and PINs. I feel particularly nervous when money or really important data is related.
    However, I feel a lot of inconvenience when they ask for user IDs and passwords for just logging in a site. It’s okay if all the sites asked for the same kind of passwords, say, “biwa.” But the problem is that some passwords have to be more than six letters (sometimes eight!), or a mixture of some letters and numbers. So I add some numbers from my birthday or something, and then, I just forget! Was it just “biwa” or did I add my birth month, or what?? I really get disgusted when the computer coldly says “wrong password or ID.” I’m glad that there’s no passwords for this blog!

  8. David on Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Hi YU,

    If I forgot the password to my password manager, I would be in big, big trouble! However, it is also the password for my mum’s computer, so my mum, my dad, and my brother know it as well. I don’t think it is very likely that all of us will forget it at the same time.

    As I said, I used to have the same problem as all of you, but the software allows me to have multiple complicated passwords that can be updated regularly, and all I have to do is remember my one original password. I highly recommend it.

  9. Megumi on Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 01:49 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I often use same user ID and password for my accounts. I know it is dangerous but I can’t control and remember many IDs and passwords. I stock 3 or 4 passwords and change my password every 2 or 3 month. When I change my password, I choose it from my stocks. Even though I use same stocking passwords, I sometimes get in trouble with forgetting user IDs and passwords.

  10. YU on Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 04:07 PM

    Hi David,

    Your family seems to be cooperative. Lucky you! My husband doesn’t try to remember any passwords or PINs. He always leaves all of those things to me. He is just like my father. When my mother died, no one in my family knew anything about our money or insurance. I wonder why I’ve chosen the same type husband as my mother!

    > all I have to do is remember my one original password. I highly recommend it.

    Hearing words like “software”, my brain automatically warns me, “It’s difficult!” As you know, I’m a very low tech person and unlike you, I’m bad with computer, so I’m worried about if I could handle the software in the first place, as someone else also mentioned. The software could be another source of trouble in my case!

  11. YU on Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 04:08 PM

    Hi everyone,

    There was a parents’ meeting to choose 役員 members for next year at my son’s kindergarten yesterday. No one applied for the positions, so we decided it by janken and I lost it! ティラリ~ (゚д゚lll)I was a bit upset, but anyway, I’ll do it for my son.

    By the way, the rules are made very friendly to mothers having more than two children in his kindergarten. If you have any other children before kindergarten or if you were a 役員 member in the last five years, you’re automatically exempted from the candidates. Actually, I realized the fact that most mothers come under either one of the conditions first after my son entered there last year! Every year I find it unfair because every family pays exactly the same nursery fee, but a person like me having only a single child ends up having a higher probability to become a 役員 than others, although my son will be there for only another year(two years in total), while their children will be there 6 years or more in total. I don’t think it’s only me who is aware of the unfairness, but unfortunately, mothers having only one child is in the minority and I know I’d be called “inhuman” if I pointed it out, so I just accept the unfair rules. The only thing I can’t accept is that there’s a mood among mothers that it’s natural for mothers having a single child should be a 役員 because they have more free time, but I don’t think it is always the case. For example, mothers whose parents live very close to their houses often have more spare time than I do!

    I heard that things are different in elementary schools. Apparently, you become a 役員 based on the number of your children in most elementary schools. I prefer the way of thinking. It’s fairer.

    Thank you for listening to

  12. YU on Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 04:29 PM

    I copied my comment before I sent it, but I seem to have failed to copy all the part, so I ended up posting two comments finally. Sorry for breaking the rule. By the way, the last word is missing too.

    Thank you for listening to “me”.


  13. Animal Farm on Thursday March 6th, 2014 at 09:26 AM

    Hi everyone,

    Oops, I forgot to say something. Like most people say, I also can’t remember my passwords. I wrote them down in my secret notebook because I don’t use the same password for everything. So if I lose THE notebook… thinking about it, it gives me a headache…

    Please have a great weekend!
shemale lesbian.