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Questions nerds often hear about Password Reset
I lost my password! Do I have to set up a whole new account now?
No. The good news is, most online services provide a password retrieval option. If you’re not sure how to access password retrieval for any of your services, we can help.
I write all my passwords down in a little notebook. Is that secure?
Well, it’s better than writing them down in a note file on your computer! But no, it’s not really the best choice for securing your important passwords, especially passwords which would permit an intruder to access your banking or other financial services.
The safest option is either to set passwords you can easily remember or have us install a password manager on your system. Password managers protect your passwords behind strong encryption algorithms. It’s the best way to keep your data safe.
Why can’t I just use one password for all my accounts?
The reason this is a bad idea is simple. Hackers only need to find one of your passwords to access all your services. So if you use the same password for your Netflix account, your bank and your local library, a hacker only needs to find your password on your local library’s (probably fairly basic) server to have access to all your important data.
Ideally, you should have a unique password for every single service you use, and especially for important things like banking.
Can’t I just use a simple password, like my pet’s name? No-one will know that!
Most passwords aren’t cracked by a human. Instead, a hacker will use a computer to guess millions of passwords each second.
A seven-character password can be hacked by a computer in less than 5 seconds. An 8 character password requires about 5 hours. Often this single character difference alone is enough to stop everything but a truly determined hacker.
But here’s the thing. This same super powerful computer would require a decade to crack an 11 character code and two hundred years to crack a 12 character code.
The point is, simple, short words won’t cut it. To be safe, you need a password of 11 or more characters.