Protecting your personal data is crucial, and updating your passwords regularly is one of the most effective ways to do so. However, changing and remembering passwords can be a challenging task for many people, particularly older adults who may not be accustomed to password managers, browser tools, cross-device synching, or the sheer volume of accounts they need to keep track of. In fact, according to a Harris Poll, 75% of Americans are frustrated with keeping track of their passwords. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make managing passwords a little easier:
- Write them down: Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to write your passwords on paper, but be sure to store your list in a desk or drawer and not out in the open (like on the refrigerator) so any house guests won’t get a glimpse at it.
- Save your passwords using your internet browser: Some may hesitate to trust cloud-based password managers. Still, letting your browser create complex passwords, store them securely, and alert you if your credentials have been compromised is an excellent strategy.
- Use a password manager: These services store your passwords and usernames in a secure “vault” accessible from any device. Some password managers even enable you to request “emergency access” to the vault in the event that you or your older loved ones become unable to access accounts independently. Though these services are typically secure, you should be aware of recent breaches and conduct research to find the right service for you. If your password manager is ever compromised, update your information immediately. Click here for some of the best password managers to try.
- Set up biometric authentication: Consider using devices such as phones, tablets, or laptops to unlock passwords using biometrics like fingerprint authentication or face ID. These technologies make for a much more seamless user experience than typing in passwords. However, keep in mind that such gadgets may be more complicated for less tech-savvy users and require more training to ensure they are used correctly.
If you, your loved ones, or senior living residents need help learning how to manage their personal data or use the latest technology, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@TheSmarterService.com for a free consultation. We can assist you in safeguarding your sensitive information and making password management less burdensome.