How to do passwords right in 2018

“Even in a world of face unlocking and fingerprint scanning, we still haven’t escaped the password just yet,” David Nield writes for Gizmodo. “They’re still a necessity and they’re still annoying to remember. There are now numerous browser features, third-party tools, and even hardware dongles designed to help keep your login credentials safe and secure. Here’s how to make sure you’re doing passwords right in 2018.”

“The best passwords are impossible to forget but very difficult to guess, even for someone who knows your dog’s birthday and the name of the first street you lived on,” Nield writes. “Keep them long, use a mixture of characters, and don’t repeat the same password across multiple accounts (otherwise your entire digital identity could be unlocked in one fell swoop).

“Most experts now recommend using a passphrase if you must come up with your own passwords, which means a random collection of words, interspersed with special characters and numbers,” Nield writes. “Trying to remember a passphrase for every single account isn’t easy though—which is why you need to enlist some help.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We use Apple’s iCloud Keychain and Keychain Access extensively and recommend Apple macOS and iOS users do so, too.

Always use unique passwords and use Apple’s Keychain Access and iCloud Keychain to create and manage them. When used properly, it works like a dream.

iCloud Keychain: How to use Apple’s password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads – February 13, 2018
A comprehensive guide to Apple’s very useful iCloud Keychain – January 4, 2017
Apple’s built-in Keychain vs. 1Password or LastPass – April 29, 2016


  1. “We use Apple’s iCloud Keychain and Keychain Access extensively and recommend Apple macOS and iOS users do so, too.

    Good grief. Apple Keychain is the most clunky and least user friendly of all the key chain managers out there.

    Apple would be better suited if they purchase one of the better 3rd party companies to do it for them. Apple’s keychain is just TERRIBLE.

  2. I love 1Password.. and thought I read that Apple is requiring all employees to install and use it. I especially like that it started to integrate with third-party iphone apps. However I don’t like that recent version is cloud based. (paranoid about security flaws, but Keychain is similar from what I understand)

    1. I didn’t upgrade to the newest version of one password for that exact reason “the cloud”. I also agree with those that have mentioned it iCloud keychain is a big freaking mess. I can’t get through six months without screwing up most of my passwords I don’t even know what happens.

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