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Do We Really Need Password Managers?

August 18, 2016

If you’ve been using only one or two passwords for all your online accounts, particularly if you’ve been doing this for a while, you’re a great candidate for identity or credit card/bank account information theft. Not to mention that you have been putting at risk all other kinds of information you might have stored online.

At the same time, using different yet simple passwords with only a few characters or random words from the dictionary or those that others can easily find or figure out (because you wrote them all down on a piece of paper) is very risky as well. Password management should by no means be taken lightly, as significant damage may be caused if something goes wrong, for example if your account is cracked. Well, this is where password managers come in.

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Password Managers Make Things Easy For You

Many people don’t realize just how useful these products can be, because they don’t understand what their specific function actually is.

Most password managers work by integrating into your browser. If you, for example, use a specific web page to log in somewhere, it can remember your login information and fill it out for you in the future so you don’t have to. If you have multiple accounts for this login page, it will offer you a choice.

Some password managers will also offer to remember your new password if you’ve changed the old one. While most browsers now have this integrated already, it is well-known that browsers are a rather weak point of internet security. But what you’ll want to do before all of this, is enter all your passwords into the password manager’s record, so that you can replace weak or duplicate passwords; some products will even do this automatically for you.

They Are Less Work

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Another good automated feature most password management products offer is coming up with the strongest and most unique possible passwords for you that are almost impossible to crack.

Of course, the best part is that you won’t have to keep track of these complicated, impossible to crack passwords. The password manager will do that for you. These automatically generated, long passwords can be tiresome to enter by yourself if you’re using a device other than your PC. Luckily, most password managers now will synchronise your accounts across all your devices, such as smartphones and tablets, which of course requires some form of authentication.

Bonus Features

Some password managers offer pretty handy advanced features. They can, for example, manage your application passwords – not just ones you use for websites – automatically change passwords for you, or they might provide a special secure browser you can use without worrying about your credentials being stolen. There are also some fancy features like sharing passwords with users securely, or transferring your password info to a trusted person in case something unfortunate happens to you.

Where Are The Passwords Kept?

As for where the password manager stores your info, not all of them use the same method, and because it’s rather unclear which one is best, you’ll have to decide depending on your situation and preferences. Basically, your passwords can be stored either online in a cloud, or offline on your PC. None of these are 100% safe, so try to get into the details before you decide on a product.

In the end, it you are even a basic internet user, the benefits of having a password manager around is clear. In this day of technology advancement and internet theft and fraud, they have certainly become a must-have.

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