Be wary of sharing your passwords

I’ve spoken in the past about how you should be using different and complex passwords. Today, I was reading a post from Leo Notenboom which hit home on the subject of sharing your passwords.

Now, in the course of my fixing a client’s computer, I may ask for a password. In 99% of the cases, the client just gives it to me and I proceed. I consider it a great honor that I’m entrusted with this information. For my part, I rarely keep a record of the passwords used which requires that I ask again when doing service at a later time. I know not to breech this trust as that would negatively impact the reputation I’ve grown. Besides, it’s just wrong. I’m also not offended if the client wishes to input the password instead of giving it to me.

You should really consider who has access to your passwords. I’ve encountered simple issues like spouses who know each others passwords on to more risky situations like kids knowing parents’ or employees knowing bosses’. The worst case, of course, is just having your password written down in full view of anyone who may pass by.

To summarize, in addition to maintaining separate and complex passwords for different sites (as well as computer and program logons), you need to take care who else has access to these passwords.

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