Q: Is “The 5th Dimension Password Keeper” right for me?
A: Yes. If you have ever registered with a website and created a password then “The 5th Dimension Password Keeper” can help you to create better, more secure passwords and helps you store them securely.
Q: Couldn’t I just write down my password on paper?
A: You could. And doing so would be many times more secure than using the same password for all your internet accounts. In fact, if you’re not going to purchase our book, we recommend that you at least purchase a small notebook to write them down. Of course, our solution provides you with the most secure method of password protection.
Q: What about using password software?
A: Well, that is better than doing nothing. At least it will encourage you to use different passwords for each internet account and some of them will even create complex passwords for you. However all online or password software solutions have the same two flaws:
- Being electronic, they are subject to attack by online hackers. Hackers are not like a thief that breaks into your home. Hackers are extremely smart and have very sophisticated tools to help them steal your information. They can work day and night to break into your computer and once in, you probably won’t even know they were there – until it’s too late.
- Being electronic, they are subject to loss if your computer crashes. Obviously, you should back up your computer often because the fact is that almost everyone will eventually suffer from at least one computer crash in their lifetime. Even with a backup, it could take days or even weeks to get your passwords back.
We might add that some password solutions are tied to your anti-virus software, such as Norton and McAfee. This means that they are not very portable. What happens when you need to login from another computer?
Q: Are browser based password keepers ok?
A: Not really. Browser based password keepers are subject to computer hacking; in fact, they are the primary target of hackers and consistently fail to provide protection. They need constant security updates. In addition, they are tied to a single device or computer. Even worse, if the “auto login” feature is enabled, it would allow anyone who uses (or steals) your computer to access ALL your accounts. Truth is, browser based password organizers may be one of the worst options.
Q: How safe are word, text or excel files for password storage?
A: Again, any electronic storage of passwords is subject to loss in the event of a computer crash. Password protecting your password file can at least provide a little extra protection, but you would still have the issue of portability and computer hacking.
Q: What about using acronyms or “pass phrases” like “A rolling stone Gathers no moss 2 Day (ArsGnm2D)”?
A: This would be a fine password and it would also be fairly secure. But there are four really big problems with this method:
- How the heck are you going to remember it a year from now? To be effective, you would need upper case, lower case + numbers and theoretically, special characters. Such a method would be difficult for just about anyone but for the young or old, this may not be an option at all. The unfortunate effect is that a person picks a single password and uses it for everything, which is a really bad idea.
- In order to make sure that you have a different password for each account, you would have to add a “site specific” component. For example, the first 4 letters of the website name. Unfortunately, website names change all the time. Companies get bought and sold.
- The password is only HALF of the login. The other half is the login NAME. Sometimes a website has you use your email and sometimes you pick a nickname. Now ask yourself, how many different nicknames have you used? How many email accounts do you have. Did you use your work email? Your home ip email? Your yahoo email? Your gmail email? It gets complicated real fast.
- You should be changing that password every once in a while. Can you remember which pass phrase you used last year? How many pass phrases will you eventually end up with?
Some tech-savvy people like to tout this method. But they fail to admit that at the end of they day, they end up using the same password for everything. In the end, this is just not a workable solution for the average person.
Q: How secure is The 5th Dimension Password Keeper?
A: Very. But how secure is dependent on how you use the password organizer and whether or not you keep that information to yourself. We recommend that you use at least an 8 digit code and that you choose some method other than straight across, from left to right. Think about skipping letters, reading right to left, upside down or making shapes. Obviously, you shouldn’t share your password “key” with anyone. For perspective, the 8 x 16 grid would contain 1.4 Trillion possible combinations of 8 characters in length. That’s pretty darn secure.
Q: Where should I store my password organizer?
A: Doesn’t matter. You don’t have to hide it. Without knowing the secret “key”, anyone who finds it or looks over your shoulder while you are using it will have no idea what your password is. (Obviously you wouldn’t want to type your password while someone is watching what you type.) As long as you don’t highlight your password key, your kids; the babysitter; the house-sitter; even a thief – anyone who finds your organizer will left completely baffled. And if it ever is lost or stolen, the complexity of the password organizer will give you additional time to reset or request new passwords.
Q: Is there any other safety concerns I should know about?
A: YES. Remember, even though this book is extremely secure it is not perfect. All passwords can be broken if given enough time or if the user chooses a weak password. Most likely, the breach will not come from someone who finds this book. The breach will likely come from an online source or perhaps from a virus on your computer that records your keystrokes. No password book or organizer can protect you from all threats.
You must always make sure that any computer connected to the internet has up to date anti-virus software installed and operating. You must always visually verify the URL destination of any link you click – before clicking. And you should never click on any link in any email – ever.