Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Show Kids How to Give Passwords the Finger

Today’s fantastic family finance article is:

Fingerprint Password


Passwords are nothing to thumb your nose at — especially when it comes to accessing financial accounts. Teach your kids to give passwords the finger instead. Well, a fingerprint at least. If your kids happen to have smartphones equipped with fingerprint readers, be sure to show them how to secure their devices with their fingers. A fingerprint is far more secure than a passcode. And it can’t be forgotten. Read the latest on fingerprint password technology here.

Alas, not all of us are fortunate enough to have the latest in phone technology. Even if we do, it will be a long time before passwords are eliminated entirely — if ever. So, when your kids can’t give passwords the finger, at least teach them how to create strong ones.

Here’s a tip: take a memorable personal sentence, and turn it into a password using the first letter of each word. “My dog Colby looks like a spotted cow and howls like a coyote 3 times a day” becomes “MdCllascahlac3tad”. Then test its strength at http://www.passwordmeter.com. Our example gets a 95% — very strong!


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