Password Power – Managing Your On-Line Security

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Do you use a password manager? Should you?

Password managers are becoming more and more important in the web-based world that we live in.

That’s because we need secure passwords for just about everything we do. And as hackers become more and more savvy, what constitutes a secure password must become more complex.

But then who can remember one of those lengthy, nonsensical, extremely secure passwords?

The result of this evolving process is that many folks have desks and wallets littered with little sticky notes and scraps of paper containing password after password. (And that means that your security basically just went out the window.)

So this is where a good password manager comes in. The number and complexity of passwords the you need to have available are beyond the scope of any human being’s memory.

You could, of course, maintain a spreadsheet to track your passwords, but most on-line password managers offer conveniences (and levels of security) that a spreadsheet doesn’t.

And then the question becomes … what are the best password managers out there? Well, lifehacker recently posted a list of the top 5 password managers, based on readers’ responses. Rather than re-invent the wheel, here’s the link to their piece.

My VA uses LastPass and we were happy to see that tool on the list. It has free and paid versions, and is a powerful (and flexible) password manager that includes helpful extras like an audit of your passwords, the ability to sync across platforms, and form-fill capabilities, just to name a few. You can read one of our earlier posts about LastPass and the importance of secure passwords here.

If you prefer open-source tools, then KeePass may be just the thing for you. Here’s how they describe their service:

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). For more information, see the features page.

Explore the options – there are lots of them out there, and the lifehacker post shares just a few of them.

Whether or not you use an on-line tool as your password manager, I encourage you to pause and think about your password security and how you currently manage this vital information for yourself.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with the brands, topics, or products that are mentioned here, and have not received any compensation for writing this content.

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