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New Year Ritual : Change Your Passwords (plus checklist)

In recent years, we’ve seen massive data breaches come across the headlines. Unfortunately, these reports represent a small percentage of the actual infractions. While our data is only as secure as the people entrusted with storing it, passwords are the first line of defense. Taking an hour or so once a year to update your most commonly used accounts (or as many as you can remember) could safeguard your information.

If you’ve been waiting for the right excuse to start using a password manager like 1Password or LastPass, a systematic password refresh would be great option. You could generate large, highly secure passwords and store them in a safe place.

Below is a quick checklist of common passwords you’ll likely want to reset. There are also great tools to help configure more secure passwords.

Personal Accounts

[ ] Banking Institutions

[ ] Credit Cards

[ ] Insurance Provider

[ ] Personal Email

[ ] Personal Website / Blog

[ ] Amazon

[ ] Facebook

[ ] Twitter

[ ] Instagram

[ ] LinkedIn

[ ] Youtube

[ ] Quora

Business Accounts

[ ] Business Email

[ ] Payroll Service

[ ] Invoicing Service (Xero, Quickbooks, Freshbooks, etc.)

[ ] Project Management Tool (Basecamp, Asana, Trello, etc.)

[ ] Communication Tools (Slack, GroupMe, Hipchat, etc.)

[ ] CRM (Salesforce, Hubspot, Campfire, etc)

[ ] Email Marketing (MailChimp, Constant Contact, Customer.io, etc)

[ ] Marketing Automation (PersistIQ, Mixmax, Salesloft, etc)

[ ] Form Submission (Jotform, Wufoo, FormStack, etc)


If you’re a security minded individual and interested in other tools to tighten up your digital diligence, here is a list of helpful privacy products.