Dealing with password fatigue: How to keep your digital life safe

Password fatigue is stress caused by juggling numerous complex passwords for different accounts
The image shows an illustration where a persons hand is holding an animated yellow lock with binary digits 0 and 1 in the background. — PIxabay
The image shows an illustration where a person's hand is holding an animated yellow lock with binary digits 0 and 1 in the background. — PIxabay

Okay, let's talk about passwords. They're like the gatekeepers of our online lives but here's the deal: We're told to use different ones for every account, change them regularly, and make them super hard to crack. Sounds tough, right? Well, it is.

Think about it. The number of passwords we're supposed to remember is insane. I mean, NordPass says it's over a hundred per person! And managing all these? Nightmare. They even have a name for it: password fatigue. Apparently, nearly 40% of us are in this boat, according to Beyond Identity.

And guess what? Letting this fatigue take over can be seriously bad news. In our hyper-connected world, one breach can wreck personal and business lives. But don't worry, there are ways to handle this mess and make our digital lives a tad less chaotic.

1. Get friendly with 2FA: You know, that thing that asks for a code after your password. It's like having an extra lock on your account. Real pain for hackers.

2. Biometrics: Fingerprint and face scans are the new cool kids in town. They make life easier and give hackers a tough time.

3. Try a password manager: These apps are superheroes for passwords. They store them securely and even create super-hard ones for you. Some folks use their web browsers for this, but opinions are divided among the security pros.

4. Say hello to SSO: Ever used your Google or Facebook login for other sites? That's Single Sign-On (SSO). It's handy but risky, so mix it up with 2FA or biometrics for extra safety.

5. Stronger passwords, please: Avoid the "guest" or "12345" default settings. Try making a cool passphrase that's a combo of easy for you but hard for the bad guys. Here's an example: Think of a line from a song or a funny phrase, then twist it up with numbers and capital letters. Boom! Tough password.

6. Keep checking: You've got tools like Google Password Checkup or Apple's Security Recommendations that give your passwords a health check. It's like a doctor's visit for your digital life.