Never Forget an Online Password Again
If you're having trouble with an aggregate of passwords across multiple digital platforms, then take a look at some of these password managers. We've covered a few that can help you stay organized and secure on the web.
A good password can be the only barrier between your personal information and a hacker's prying eyes. But the protocol for good password safety can be difficult to follow and inconvenient to incorporate in our daily lives. Are password managers the answer?
Regardless of your adherence to these rules, you're probably aware of the standard advice for making good passwords. They should be long and difficult to guess, incorporating a random string of numbers and letters. Suffice it to say - you're not going to keep anyone out of your online banking account if your password is 'password'.
Not only should your passwords be random and hard to guess, you should also use different ones for each and every account. After all, if a hacker either correctly guesses or gains access to your login information for your favorite blog, it'll only take a bit of legwork before they're in your e-mail, Facebook account and so on.
On top of all this, we all know it's a bad idea to write down our passwords. So how are we supposed to keep track of all this? Though some people are probably able to memorize which random string of characters they've assigned to a specific account, not all of us have such acute powers of memorization. Enter the password manager.
What Is a Password Manager?
Password managers are programs that help you shore up the security of your various account logins. There are a few different ways that a password manager can operate, but one common method is to allow you to create a master password that you can use for all sites. Under this model, the manager stores an encrypted file on your computer with different safe and secure passwords for each online account. But you'll only need to memorize the one password.
Though you'll be much safer using a password management program, you won't be 100% safe. With some managers, if your computer is stolen, you might be at risk. But the thief would have to guess your master password in order to gain access to your information. So it's definitely good protection. There are several different password managers to choose from. We took a look at a few of them, and here's what we thought.
LastPass is a cross-browser, multi-platform manager that uses the one-password method to keep your information safe. You can choose between a free and a premium version, which costs one dollar a month. The program stores your passwords in a 'vault' on your computer, to which you can add any type of text data for safekeeping. With the endorsement of media outlets like PC Mag, which voted LastPass as one of the top password managers of 2016, LastPass has proven its worth.
An open-source program, KeePass is another one-password manager that keeps passwords in an encrypted folder on your computer. It's totally free, and the open-source nature of the software allows tech savvy users to make alterations. Among KeePass' many features is a random password generator that can help you come up with stronger, safer passwords.
AnyPassword allows users to store their passwords in an encrypted file with a single master access key. The program helps users arrange their confidential information in a logical structure. Individual and non-profit use of the program is free, while government and for-profit entities are required to register the program. However, AnyPassword is only compatible with computers operated by Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.
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