How many different passwords do you use? I bet not much. You must use a unique strong password for each online system you use. But these passwords are many different and difficult to remember. The solution is to start using a password manager. We have written a lot of articles about network security and online security (always a hot topic). In each article, we recommend using a password manager, so here is a short guide to show you what a password manager is and why you should use a password manager.
What is a password manager?
A password manager is an application that stores and manages passwords for online accounts and services. Your password manager will encrypt and store all your passwords. You can access them using the master password.
Why use a password manager
Most of us use easy-to-remember passwords or reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Although this makes it easier for us, it also makes it easier for cybercriminals. If you reuse passwords for multiple sites and services, hackers only need to break into one of the sites, and they will get the same password you used on other sites. If we add to the fact that we are often forced to use our email as a username to see how easy it is to get all the login details, with a password manager, you only need to remember one password, the administrator The master password. All other passwords can be set as super unique passwords that you will not have any hope to remember. See how hard it takes a cybercriminal to get your account login information.
How password managers work
When using a password manager, visit the website you usually need. Do not enter a password, but enter your master password in the password manager, and it will automatically fill in your password. If you have logged in to the password manager, it will automatically fill in your password. If you are creating a new account, your password manager can generate a strong password for you. Most password managers can also automatically fill in details, such as your email address and your address.
Are password managers safe
Yes, a high-quality password manager is safe and is a recommended security option. Be sure to use a password manager to encrypt your password to improve security. Password managers will not make it 100% secure, and sadly, today will not do anything. But by combining a password manager and a multi-factor authentication application, you will be as safe as possible.
Which password manager should I use?
You can choose from many password managers. Some are free, some have to be paid. The following points should be considered when choosing a password manager: Price: How much are you willing to pay? You can get some great free password managers, and they work well. But if you are willing to pay, you can find a password manager with more features. Online access passwords-some password managers allow this, while others do not. You must decide how important this option is to you. Supported devices and browsers-what operating system your phone uses. You’ll find that password managers are only available on iOS, and some are only available on Android. There are also different web browsers, and not all password managers support them. Check if they are compatible with the browser of your choice.
Password manager examples
LastPass – Free password manager that also has a paid option.
Dashlane – Can be used for free as well as a paid subscription option.
1Password – Comes with a 30-day free trial but you can get a monthly subscription for under £5
Using a password manager is an excellent way to improve your online security. Using unique and strong passwords will greatly increase the security of your accounts and by using a password manager that encrypts your passwords you reduce the chances of cybercriminals getting access to all your passwords.