One the biggest gripe I hear from friends, family, and customers is the never ending struggle with remembering passwords. Whether it’s sticky notes on the computer screen(I do not recommend this), excel spreadsheets on the desktop, or that little notebook you keep full of those hard to remember passwords, chances are you’re still forgetting them. Most people use the same password across websites, bank accounts, and computers which is definitely a bad idea. If the same key can be used to unlock the entire kingdom, are you secure? The answer is simple… no. More and more websites are requiring the use of uppercase letters, special characters as in !@# and even longer lengths, how do you remember all your passwords as well as keep them secure from prying eyes?
Look no farther a secure “password manager“.
You may have heard of the following password managers: LastPass, 1Password, and maybe one that now gets bundle with your anti-virus? So which one should you use? I’ll help break down password manager starting from the ease of use to the most secure.
How do they work? Are they secure?
The simple answer, yes. Here’s how all of them work in a nutshell. The goal of a password manager is to limit you from having to remember all your different passwords. They accomplish this by simply having you only needing to remember one password, your master password. This “master password” acts as the key to unlock the rest of your password within the vault(the password manager). After you put in that one password, all of your password in the vault will become visible to you. In regards to security, all password managers protect your collection password by using encryption. All you need to remember is that the stronger your master password is, the more secure your passwords are within the vault.
Once you access your “vault” of passwords, finding your password to your Yahoo email or your facebook account is simple. Nearly all password managers have a search bar built into the vault which allows you to type in your search for a website which will then pop up with your results for your Gmail account, your bank account passwords or anything else you’re trying to find.
On top of all that, all of the password managers we mention here allow your import your list of passwords from an excel spreadsheet to make importing and migrating to a password manager a lot less of a headache.
Which password software or service should I use?
I’ll go over a couple most popular password management programs including KeePass, and LastPass.
KeePass – FREE and Easy to USE
Since 2003, KeePass has been the favorite password manager of many due it being free of charge and opensource. KeePass is a straightforward and easy to use password manager that will let you store your passwords anyway you please. The software is not flashy, but is known for its security and simplity. KeePass does not cost a penny, but by default, your password are not backed up and accessing your passwords while you’re away from your computer may be a challenge.
LastPass – FREE & PAID OPTIONS
The learning curve is “slightly” steeper than other password managers, LastPass has shown to be a strong contender in the password manager space. Both free and paid options are available with free allowing you to access your passwords from any desktop or laptop and the paid version allowing access from your mobile phone and tablets.
There are many more password managers but i have not tested them to vouch for their stability and security.
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