Change Weak Passwords

First, let’s assume that you have opened a PassPack account and have filled it up with your passwords (read how to do that here). Now…

Ideally, you will have a different, strong password for every website. Setting this up might take a little time, but is well worth the effort. Once you log into a website, there should be a link somewhere to change your password.

Finding Weak Passwords

If you know that all of your passwords are currently weak, then you’ll need to open them up one by one.

However if you have a mix of strong and weak passwords, then you can use PassPack’s Quick Search to easily spot which entries have certain words in the password.

For example, if your usual password was always some variation on “fluffy”, then type “flu” into the Quick Search field above your list of entries. The entries that contain “flu” anywhere in the password, will have the *Pass* column shaded yellow. These are the entries you should change first.

Note: if you want to undo the Quick Search, just press the “Show All” button.

Changing from Weak to Strong

Regardless of how you find the entries you want to change (some, or all) you’ll need to open the entry, click on the “Go There” button (if you’ve filled in the link), log in to the website and find the place where you can change your password.

Back in your PassPack entry window, copy and temporarily paste the weak password in the Notes field (just in case the website asks you for it again to complete the process).

Now click on the “Generate” button and make a new strong password: 16 characters is usually a good start, and if the website accepts oddball characters, add them too. Press the “Use this” button. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to replace the old password with this new one in your PassPack entry. You do.

Copy your new strong password and paste it into the appropriate field on the website. Complete the process on the website.

Repeat this for all of your weak passwords.

Also remember to “Save your Pack” on PassPack every now and then by clicking the big red button – you don’t need to do this everytime, just at intervals. Do not sign out, close your browser, or shut down your computer without Saving your pack.

All Done!

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask. Cheers to all, and happy packing!

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6 responses to “Change Weak Passwords

  1. “Also remember to “Save your Pack” …”

    When can we get Auto-Save?! :-)

  2. @Abey
    There is an auto save option. Go into the “Account Settings” tab and click on “Options”. You can choose how long the application will remain inactive before locking up. You can also set it to autosave when it locks.

    Personally, I have mine set to lock up and autosave after 1 minute. Then again, I’m also the type of person (anxious?) that hits that “Save my Pack” button as soon as it turns red. :-)

    It’s just really important for folks to know not to close the browser or tab before saving.

    Hope that helps,
    Tara

  3. Hmm not to look a gift horse in the mouth – can’t PassPack pop an annoying alert asking us to save before closing? Like the one FF has has on closing multiple tabs? or even better yet auto save without waiting for the default timeout – something like an active monitor which watches the change in status and saves without prompting. Just a thought. Otherwise great that autosave is already there! :-)

  4. @Abey,
    We would be able to pop up the warning in Firefox and Explorer, but it wouldn’t work in, for example, Opera. We try and keep the user experience as close to identical as possible on all browsers. Just think of the disaster that would happen if I always worked on Firefox, and was used to PassPack reminding me not to close the browser without saving. Then I spent an afternoon on a Linux machine, added a bunch of passwords, and (since I’m accustomed to being reminded) I close the window without saving. I’d have lost all of my changes, and I’d be *very* irritable.

    The other option, the active monitor, is something that we have looked into. PassPack saves the entire pack of passwords (that’s the core of the architecture), the whole bundle. This can be slow when there are many of them. As computers become faster and faster, this may become an option in the future.

    BUT – all that said… keep the ideas coming! Maybe you’ll come up with some interesting twist on things that could be the seed to finding another solution.

    Thanks Abey,
    Tara

  5. Is it best (more secure) to use random data for usernames too?

    What type of username do you use for Passpack?

    i.e. firstname, firstnamesurname, etc

    or hsu5G8j1, QdG47gt0, etc

    Regards

    Simon

  6. Hello Simon,
    Yes, it is better to be creative with your User ID as well. Also, PassPack is anonymous by nature, use your name in the user ID, then you loose that advantage. An example of an anonymous User ID could be:

    “Silly Sims ++”

    (please don’t use that example though)

    If you have already chosen a User ID, you can still change it if you want to. Just go into the Account Settings tab, and click on “User ID”. Do not forget it though! :)

    Did that answer your question?
    Cheers,
    Tara

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