Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:57:15 PM
Where it's best to use passwords? Basically everywhere. Imagine you get your personal laptop stolen and all your personal information in there used against you. Imagine your Opera opened and every ebay, amazon and other shopping accounts used and all just because you didn't set up your Master Password...
How to set up Opera Master Password
Got to Menu -> Settings -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Security -> Set Master Password. Set up your password then select Ask for password -> Once per session, the setting will ask for a password each time you run Opera, you can set it up to ask for password each 60 min etc. Then select Use Master Password to protect saved passwords, that setting will prevent unauthorized use of your saved passwords even if Opera was opened.
Why passwords are important?
As I said before all the sensitive data is within you computer, if you don't protect it anyone that gets your hands on your computer can use it as much as they want. Starting with browsing data, which most likely contains not only your login and password info but as well as your web profile. You could easily be a victim of a identity theft. So if you have a chance to set up password for your stuff then do so. Do not neglect computer password just because you're too lazy to type it in each time you log onto it.
How to create a password that will be hard to crack?
Best passwords are long passwords, passwords that are made up of 20-30 characters, it's best if your password doesn't make sense to you and anybody else. Don't forget to use upper and lower case characters, don't settle just for one type. Always mix letters and numbers as well as other symbols if they're allowed. Use passphrase instead of standard password.
Weak Password: ilovemydog
Strong Passphrase: tHesuNin432wAsdeLicaTemilK
Don't ever use things that have close connection to you, say NO to your/your best friends/your mother's date of birth, forget about using the name of the town/city street or anything that has any meaningful relevance to you. Don't ever save you passwords in a document file named passwords.txt/doc etc. I wouldn't also save my personal passwords via any other program or any on-line utility, except Opera.
Except using Opera to memorize all your passwords save them on your PC and sync them with DropBox. Try using LockNote to save the passwords locally. Everything you put inside LockNote is encrypted with AES 256bit encryption, one of the most advanced encryption types. Feel you have the control over your passwords. More details about LockNote in overview and here.