Most people use passwords that are very weak, and worse than that, they reuse them on many websites. But how can you have strong passwords that are unique on all the websites? The answer is “use a password manager.”
Password managers keep the login information for all of your websites safely stored and encrypt your database with a master password, and that’s the only one you’ll have to remember.
How to use a password manager
A password manager will take the heavy load off your mind, so that you can free up your brain to do productive things instead of having to use it to remember passwords.
When you use a password manager and log into a website, your password manager will fill the appropriate login information into the site automatically. You no longer will have to think about what your username is, what email address you used, and your password for the site.
If you are creating a new account, your password manager offers to generate a random, secure password so you don’t even have to think about that too. It can even be configured so that it will automatically fill in your information such as name, address, email address, etc.
Why using a browser-based password manager isn’t your best option
Web browsers all have their own integrated password managers. But Chrome and Internet Explorer both store un-encrypted passwords that are easy to access and view. Mozilla Firefox features a “master password” that lets you encrypt your saved logins. However, Firefox’s password manager is not overly great either, because the interface does not assist you in randomly generating passwords, and it is missing some important features like cross-platform syncing.
A dedicated password manager stores your encrypted passwords, helps generating secure random logins, offer a more powerful interface, and allows you to easily access your passwords on various smartphones, computers, and tablets that you use.
Which password manager should you use?
There is a number of password managers available, but these three are the best options, in our opinion. Which one you choose is entirely up to you, based on what features prove to be the most important to you individually.
LastPass is a cloud-based password manager. It has extensions, mobile apps, desktop apps for every browser and operating system and provides various 2-factor authentication options. This way you can ensure no one else will have the ability to log into your password vault. LastPass stores encrypted passwords on its own servers.
Dashlane is a little newer. Unfortunately, it still lacks name recognition, but has great features and slick apps for just about every platform and browser. A security dashboard will analyze your passwords and offer to automatically change them. Dashlane is completely free-to-use on a single device. If you want to sync your passwords between devices, you will need the premium version.
KeePass is a popular desktop application to manage your passwords. It offers browser extensions and mobile apps and stores your passwords on your computer.
Password manager is a vital part of your online security. It is efficient and does all the hard work for you, creating strong passwords that will prove impossible for hackers to break. With only one master password to remember, you will forever avoid the danger of forgetting and losing your login information.