Love and hate sometimes go together. Take a password. We love the security we hate to remember them, but passwords are an important part of web life. Whether it's email or web site logins or applications on Mac, iPhone, iPad or anywhere, passwords are here and will probably be a while.
Okay, if that's the case, and I think it is, are there ways to minimize the frustrations and logistics that come with passwords and password management? The answer is yes too, but it is a bit more complicated and complicated; At least until we have RFD implants and face recognition everywhere. As for the problems with passwords, and there are many, here I see what I use and what I hope happens.
Memory against high technology
My husband and I share the same passwords. We use the same passwords for many accounts, although the username or login ID may be different. The passwords we use are easy to remember because they are sentences mixed with numbers and symbols, and that mix is what makes them safer.
For Mac users who want a lot of security and easier management, I recommend 1
One I found recently that I like is called Nice Generator. It should be the title of Nice Password Generator, but it's a nit. A name is a name.
Use Nice Generator to adjust the password length. Just enter an appropriate login number. Then click on uppercase or lowercase, add numbers, coins or dice (flip or roll, let the app decide). Finally, you get a complex, seemingly secure password, but there is more.
Nice Generator also lets you create your own alphabets, select specific sentence settings, or change to your taste regardless of the password it generates.
The only problem I have with password generators – and there are many, most free or a few bucks, and every password manager app I know of has a built in anyway – It is obvious. There is still password technology ; something to remember or something to do in a management app to unlock a website or app or pay online. Let's hope Apple has a new series of Macs on the road with Face ID build.
That's why I'm excited about Face ID on iPhone X. But Apple uses the secure enclave in its own CPU design. Macs use Intel Inside, but I'm sure we'll see future Macs with their own secure CPUs.
Until we get publicly issued implants or on contact DNA or blood readers, Face ID can be the best way to stay safe online but also make the experience much easier. Except for the messy layout. Otherwise, we are stuck with passwords for a while to come.