TECH BYTE: Forgotten your password AGAIN! Get a password manager

May 30th, 2017 | | news

Using a password manager is becoming more and more common for internet security, but that doesn’t make them any less intimidating. If you’ve never used a password manager, they’re annoying, cumbersome to use, and baffling at a glance.

Password managers create strong passwords that are difficult to crack, they keep track of those passwords so you don’t have to remember them, and they make it easy to change your passwords after a hack. You have a ton of great choices for password managers and which password manager you use is a matter of preference and depends on what you need; none are perfect, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

There are literally dozens to choose from and I can’t decide for you, so follow the link below and make your own choice.

Once you’ve made your choice celebrate by changing all your simple passwords to strong ones, with different ones for every secure site. But before that you’ll need to install your password manager. Second, get all your existing passwords into it. Third, little by little fix all your weak and duplicate passwords. You’ll be ready to celebrate when World Password Day rolls around again on May 3, 2018 (which is also National Chocolate Custard Day).

The password basics

The typical password manager installs as a browser plug-in to handle password capture and replay. When you log in to a secure site, it offers to save your credentials. When you return to that site, it offers to automatically fill in those credentials. And, if you’ve saved multiple logins for the same site, the password manager offers you multiple account login options. Most also offer a browser toolbar menu of saved logins, so you can go straight to a saved site and log in automatically.

Getting all of your existing passwords into the password manager is a good first step. Next, you need to identify the weak and duplicate passwords and replace them with tough ones. Many password managers flag weak and duplicate passwords, and some offer help with the update process. The very best ones can automate the password-change process for you.

Entering a password like @2a&AY8mePu8HU@H on your smartphone’s tiny keyboard can be tough. Fortunately, almost all of our top password managers can sync across all of your Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. A few even let you authenticate on iOS or Android with your fingerprint rather than typing the master password. Most include some form of two-factor authentication, be it biometric, SMS-based, Google Authenticator, or something else entirely.

Fill forms automatically

Different products handle form filling in their own ways. Some immediately fill all recognized fields, some wait for you to click in a field, some pop up and ask what you’d prefer. You’ll even find products that offer your choice of credit cards using realistic images with the correct colour and bank logo!

On a grimmer note, what happens to your secure accounts after you’ve died? A few products include some provision for a digital legacy, a method to transfer your logins to a trusted individual in the event of your death or incapacity.

Sourced by Chris Harrison

Source: PC Magazine

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