If you are like most of us, you are continually signing up for yet another online account. From email to on-line banking, shopping sites to social media, site after site demands a username and password. The simple solution is to have one password for everything. However, this is an incredibly large security risk. A single data breach could completely destroy your online privacy. But trying to remember numerous complex usernames and passwords just isn’t feasible. A password manager is a very good solution to this problem.
Password managers are services that allow you to securely save all your passwords using a master, ultra-strong password. While having a master password may seem like it defeats the purpose of having multiple passwords, consider this: if one of your accounts gets hacked and you have one password for everything, you will have to change your password for everything. However, if one of your accounts is compromised and you have a different password for all of your other sites, you just have to change that one password. It’s easy to change your master password frequently to keep it safe rather than changing all of your passwords on a regular basis.
Password security is crucial. Having a strong and secure password is more important than ever. It is advised to have a password that is 9 characters or more in length and include an uppercase letter, a number and a symbol.
There are many different password managers available, so take some time to research before signing up for one. This is going to hold all of your passwords to some very important information, so it’s good to make sure that you choose a reliable company and that will be around for some time to come.
We are currently looking into password manager software for our office. If you are interested in knowing what service we choose, let us know. We would be happy to share our recommendation.