What are password managers?

We use passwords everyday. With data breaches occurring frequently it’s important to use unique passwords for different online accounts so that hackers don’t have access to your entire online presence.

We use passwords everyday. With data breaches occurring frequently it’s important to use unique passwords for different online accounts so that hackers don’t have access to your entire online presence.

Since 2013 there are 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day.

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I’ve heard of password managers but what are they, really?

Password managers are tools that help you organize your passwords safely. Although there are many types of password managers to choose from in general most people only need one password manager. Password managers can be installed on one computer that provide a safe repository for all of your online accounts or they can be built into your favorite browser and can be accessed from all of your devices.

Popular password managers that you may have heard about are:

  • LastPass – browser based
  • KeePass – installed on a PC
  • Dashlane
  • Roboform

I personally use LastPass and have so for almost 10 years! It’s a free online password manager that provides additional layers of security (2 factor authentication) and can be installed on your phone.

Essentially a password manager utilizes strong encryption to store the passwords of each of your online accounts in one secure area. To access a password manager one usually enters a strong master password to gain access to their “vault” of passwords.

Password managers also provide an easy way to generate long, unique passwords, which help speed up account creation and automatically store the information once completed.

Password manager setup

It’s easy to get started using a password manager. Head over to https://lastpass.com and create a free account.

Once signed up you will be prompted to install the browser plugin for quick access to your vault. From there you are ready to go.

When you log into your online accounts for example, Facebook, LastPass will ask if you would like to save the account information in your vault. When you click OK the next time that you visit Facebook the LastPass plugin will automatically fill in the username and password for you. When you decide to change your password LastPass will detect the change and ask if you would like to update your vault.

It’s an easy process to use and allows you to choose strong unique passwords for each of your online accounts. Now, should a data breach occur or a hacker gain access to one of your online accounts, they will not be able to login to your other accounts because your passwords are different! And no, using the same password with different letters or numbers on the end does not count as a strong password!

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