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Password Managers: A Lifesaver for Your Digital Life

What is a password manager?

Password managers are tools that generate, store, and organize all of your passwords for computers, smartphones, websites, etc. This software not only helps you to create super strong passwords but also automatically fills in the sign-in form for you. You can select to save your vault of credentials either locally on your computer or on the cloud.

 

Why should you use a password manager?

1. You don’t have to remember a bunch of passwords
According to Dashlane, a company making password management tools, its Inbox Scan tool reveals that the average user has about 107 online accounts. Furthermore, the growing trend is predicted to reach 207 accounts per Internet user in 2020! If you are not panicked yet, think of when you have to comply with security policies that require you to change your passwords every 30, 60, or 90 days without reusing your old ones. Your brain has to memorize tons of existing passwords, come up with new strong ones, and spend the rest of the week trying to get used to them. This overwhelming task makes you want to reuse your password on different websites or to choose simple passwords, which exposes you to severe security risk. With the password manager, you only have to remember ONE master password to unlock the rest. 

2. Your passwords are secured
Different password managers have their own secure methods and places to store the data. However, the general idea is that the password manager will create random, complicated, and unique password strings for each of your accounts and encrypt them before saving. The master password is the only key to decrypt the passwords, and only you know it. Many companies, such as 1Password, use AES-256 encryption technology, which hasn’t reportedly been hacked up to this point. If you are not comfortable with storing the passwords on the cloud, you can store them locally on your computer and have your own physical protection.

3. You can easily organize your passwords and quickly change them when needed
You don’t have to go to each website and manually change the password whenever there is a security breach. Some password manager tools, such as Dashlane, provide a user-friendly interface that gives you the ability to change all of your passwords with just one click. Again, you don’t have to worry about the required complexity of the new passwords. Leave it to the password manager!

 

Tips for using a password manager

    • Ensure your master password is complex and strong (at least 16 characters long).
    • Select a password manager tool offering two-factor authentication.
    • Always use and update your anti-virus software. If your computer is compromised, the password manager can be hacked without the master password.
    • Set time-outs to limit how long you can be actively signed into the password manager.
    • Keep an eye on technology news or security breaches related to password managers, especially the one you are using.

Duyen Doan just graduated from La Salle University and has been interning with Brio Solutions since June 2017. She never wrote a blog before. However, she realizes that blogging is a great way to sharpen her knowledge and share what she has learned with everyone.

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