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TTT: Password Pain

Just a reminder: TTT stands for Tech Tip Tuesday


Yes, today we're going to talk about passwords. I know they're boring. I know they have to be complex. I know they don't actually work that well. But we have to start with the basics.



Right up front as promised:

  1. CorrectHorseBatteryStaple

  2. Don't write it down

  3. Don't reuse it

  4. Use a password manager

  5. Get a Scout device

See you next week!... or you can keep reading.


Tip #1 - Use Passphrases


This one is really simple. Like actually keep things simple. A passphrase is simple words combined into a phrase that makes a really long but easy to remember password. If you'd like a visual, check out this comic from seemingly a lifetime ago. It explains mathematically why a passphrase is better.


Go on. Go change your Twitter password... but don't change it to MyReallyFancyTwitterPassphrase and follow that trend across all of your logins.


Tip #2 - Don't write it down


"A sticky note on the bottom of your keyboard isn't security." – unnamed security specialist

I once "cracked" a safe that a friend and I found. How'd I do it? I felt around and there was a sticky note on the bottom with the combination on it. This is really obvious but also really hard to not do sometimes. What should you do instead? I'm building tension so read on...


Tip #3 - Don't reuse it


Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a go-to password. I know I do. I know it's a bad habit, but sometimes when I sign up for some random site I just want to get in and see what I came there for. The big problem is, that password stays there when you forget to cancel the account. What happens when they get compromised and the evildoers get your password? Well, I'll tell you. They log into all of the other places you used it and either forgot about it or never changed it. But... how can I handle remembering all those passwords without putting them on my "secure" note under my keyboard? Glad you asked...


Tip #4 - Use a password manager


I don't think I'm surprising anyone with this bit of knowledge. Password managers are great. I've always looked at security as having a negative relationship with convenience. Password managers were the first thing that I saw that looked to be secure and convenient. You make a password that will give you access to all of your other passwords. They have a nice browser plugin and app to let you autofill your passwords. They can generate crazy difficult passwords. They can do it all it seems.


However, there is one shortcoming: someone else holds your data.


Tip #5 - Get a Scout device


Finally! We're here. The solution to the password pains shooting through every fiber of your body. What does Scout do for you and your passwords?


Scout is a self-hosted password manager. It comes with all the bells and whistles of the popular solutions. However, your data stays on your device, network, and most importantly: under your control.


It's very simple. You open up your Scout dashboard, head to Vault, then make your account. You can now start your journey to password freedom. You can access them on any device and anyone in your house can make their own account. Want to share passwords? Go for it.


What's next?


Sign up for our Beta program to get your Scout device before anyone else!

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