Given all that is happening with COVID-19, many of us are spending a great deal more time in front of digital screens, using apps and social networks. Now is the time to start using a password manager. If you are like most people, you have dozens or even hundreds of passwords, to such an extent that it’s nearly impossible to effectively guard your privacy without using a password management service. Stop waiting. Select one and put in place a process to protect your data. Personally, I recommend Last Pass.
A password manager helps you keep track of all of the passwords that you use around the web (e.g., banks, financial transfer sites like PayPal and Venmo, mortgage, utilities etc.).
The list goes on and on and it is easy to lose track. Higher quality password managers:
- identify sites where you have repeated a password across several sites;
- alert you when a site you use has been hacked, so you may change passwords;
- provide secure automated high-security passwords.
There are many great password managers available that will do the job. Here’s a summary of top password managers published in Safety Detectives:
- 1. Dashlane — #1 overall pick for password managers in 2020.
- 2. LastPass — Good free plan with high-quality extras on paid plan.
- 3. 1Password — Advanced security options for families.
- 4. Keeper — Great value and lots of extra security features.
- 5. RoboForm — Low cost with powerful form filling.
With so much of our daily life moving online, having a secure service that helps you manage all of the passwords that you have is increasingly important. It may seem like extra work to you, but it will actually save you time in the long run.
Password security is important because repeatedly using the same passwords or using ‘weak’ passwords may expose your bank accounts, emails and other sensitive accounts that contain confidential and/or personal data to hackers.