Frustrated trying to remember your passwords? Try this

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Forgetting passwords can be frustrating.  (Photo: Getty)

Forgetting passwords can be frustrating. (Photo: Getty)

We’ve all been there before. You sit at home and shop for something you need (or want) online. You click on a link, after which the website asks for your login details. You are trying to log in, but you can’t remember your username or password.

Enter the wrong credentials a few times and you could even be locked out. If that’s ever happened to you, you know how annoying it is. And if you’re on your phone and can’t access your computer, you may not be able to change your password easily. It’s also worth pointing out that, in an effort to remember multiple passwords, some people choose obvious ones that are easy for hackers to figure out, potentially putting your personal information at risk.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take steps to make it easier to remember passwords and keep them safe. Here’s how:

Step #1: Use a password manager

Setting up a password manager is one of the easiest ways to make sure you don’t forget your credentials again and that your passwords are strong. “These virtual managers randomly generate unique, complex passwords for each website, preventing hackers from guessing your password or using leaked credentials from another site,” Rob Shavell, co-founder and CEO of the cybersecurity company remove me, tells Yahoo Life.

To attempt LastPass Premium, part of Yahoo Plus Secure, risk-free 30 days.

Using a password manager can make your internet experience feel seamless.  (Photo: Getty)Using a password manager can make your internet experience feel seamless.  (Photo: Getty)

Using a password manager can make your internet experience feel seamless. (Photo: Getty)

A password manager like LastPass makes it easy for you by generating more secure, stronger passwords and tracking your passwords for multiple websites across all your devices and storing them all in an encrypted database. LastPass also offers one-click autofill, which automatically fills web forms with information such as credit card numbers, shipping addresses, and more.

By storing passwords and usernames with a password manager like LastPass, you can access your logins for your selected websites at any time. This means that you will not forget your logins again.

To attempt LastPass Premium, part of Yahoo Plus Secure, risk-free 30 days.

Step #2: Use strong passwords

When creating strong passwords, keep two rules in mind:

Use different words than those on other websites. For example, if you have social media and email accounts, don’t use the same password on all sites. If someone gains access to one of your accounts, that cybercriminal can also gain access to the others.

Don’t reuse common phrases. While some people opt for easy-to-remember passwords, experts agree that reusing commonly known phrases makes it much more likely that hackers will guess your password. Instead, choose unique combinations of letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation marks.

Password managers can provide an extra layer of security to your internet experience.  (Photo: Getty)Password managers can provide an extra layer of security to your internet experience.  (Photo: Getty)

Password managers can provide an extra layer of security to your internet experience. (Photo: Getty)

Step 3: Enable 2-Step Verification

Two-factor authentication is another great security feature available through many popular services. When enabled, additional verification methods, such as text messages or phone calls, are required to verify your identity. These kinds of measures add extra protection against phishing attacks where scammers try to steal sensitive user data.

Make sure both the SMS code and the call options are turned on. The next time you visit a website that requires login credentials, you will receive instructions through both methods.

By following these three steps, you can save yourself the headache of never forgetting your passwords again.

To attempt LastPass Premium, part of Yahoo Plus Secure, risk-free 30 days.

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