The overwhelming majority of users who go on websites that require a password use incredibly weak passwords and reuse them on multiple other websites. “Incredibly” weak may be a bit overstated, unless you’re one of the few who still use “password” or “12345” as your password of choice. So how can you ensure that you’re using a powerful, unique password on the websites you visit? The answer may be found in a password manager. They help you create strong passwords and allow you to sign in to your website accounts quickly and securely.
What is a password manager?
Password managers automatically log you in to the websites you are signed up with by storing your login information for all of them. Your password database is encrypted with a universal password. The best thing about a password manager? The universal, or master password, is the only one you have to remember!
Cyber criminals prey upon those with weak passwords. Identity thieves love nothing more than a simple password – it makes their lives much easier. With a password manager that generates, finds, and keeps track of strong, long, randomly chosen, crazy passwords, across many accounts and websites, it’s going to take a lot longer to successfully hack your password information. Let’s not call it impossible, but having this information encrypted using a password manager is about as safe as you can get on the internet today. Most password managers are not only securing your passwords, they also protect important personal information like credit card numbers, PINs, security question answers, and CVV codes as well.
How do you use a password manager?
A password manager will put your mind at ease as you won’t have to remember a bunch of different passwords depending on the website you’re using. When using a password manager, you’ll visit the website you’re logging in to as you normally would, but instead of typing your password, you type in the master password into the password manager. The password manager will then automatically log you in. When creating a new account on a website, the password manager will automatically generate a new password for you, and it can also be used to fill in your contact information.
What are the best password managers and how much do they cost?
While there are many to choose from, the best password managers are dedicated ones as opposed to the password managers that are on your web browser. The reason why dedicated ones are more secure has to do with the fact that most web browsers utilize unencrypted password managers that aren’t as secure as encrypted ones. Some of the most well-known password managers include Dashlane, 1Password, KeePass, and LastPass, among many others. They all have different costs, from free ones that limit the amount of times you can “sync” your information to relatively inexpensive ones that charge a yearly or monthly fee. You’ll have to figure out the best one that fits your particular needs.
Are password managers safe?
Although recent research has identified some potential weaknesses in some password managers, it’s still a much more secure option if you want to ensure that your passwords are safe and secure from cyber-criminals.
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