Naturally, we are all worried about our personal information being shared over the Internet, especially if we’re not the one in control of it anymore. With all the new technology that exists today, it’s making it easier for hackers to gain access of information we would like to keep private. How do we keep track of all the passwords for all the sites and accounts we have created and signed up for? Personally, I think that keeping your passwords on file is a bad idea because anyone would be able to see it. People let their friends borrow their computers and they accidentally leave their pages open when they are out in public.
This section of On the Media discussed password management apps that generate hard passwords and store them in an encrypted site. You can automatically connect to the service you are trying to enter the password in. Interestingly enough, journalist Adam Penenberg, still thinks people will be able to hack into our accounts.
I agree that it does take great skill and none of us think that we are big enough targets, but that has proven to be false. These hackers target anyone, which is why some websites require certain passwords to be a certain length and have a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. It is very annoying that you have to keep creating long and hard to remember passwords, but if you want to ensure your privacy and control over the Internet, you have to come up with complex passwords and store them in a safe place.