You may have excellent passwords—varied, long and with lots of different characters. But if you are like most people, you probably thought up a password for one of the first online accounts you ever created. You used it for everything until you were forced to change it for an account that required a more complicated password. Then you had two working passwords that you used for virtually all your accounts, and to this day that is pretty much a case.
A “good” password is usually difficult to remember… and with approximately 25 accounts with passwords, having different “good” passwords would mean that you have to keep a special document somewhere with all of them. Remembering just one thing that is longer than about seven characters is difficult for the average person, let alone 25 sophisticated passwords.
But with more and more personal and business accounts being hacked each year, a good password may be all that stands between you and disaster.
Which is why you should consider getting a password manager. A password manager is a piece of software that helps you generate long, complex passwords, then securely stores all of these passwords in an encrypted virtual container. So instead of remembering complex passwords for each individual site, you merely remember one (strong) master password which unlocks the password manager software, where all your other passwords are stored. The password manager can then type the password for you into online forms or websites, or you can copy and paste it into the password field yourself.
Which password manager you should get depends on what is most important to you. Your IT support company may recommend one, but if not, we suggest that you consider the following:
- Software License: due to the ability to audit open source code, some people may only want to trust their passwords to open source software
- Cost: Does the software require an ongoing fee to use?
- Compatibility: What operating systems does the software support?
- Usefulness: Can the manager sync your passwords across multiple devices by storing the database in the cloud?
- Complexity: How easy is the manager to use?
One option you may want to have a look at is Encryptr, an open source password manager, that supports cloud sync, and works on all the major desktop and smartphone operating systems. If you are less concerned about syncing your passwords across multiple devices, KeePass is also fully open source and stores its password database locally. And if you are less concerned about whether your password manager is open source, there are many products such as 1Password, Dashlane, and LastPass.
The bottom line is: the time is here to get a password manger. You will find it makes online activity easier, simpler and genuinely safer.
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