October 16, 2017 –

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the importance of changing and managing your passwords.  We also provided some tips on creating complex and unique passwords that are continuously updated.  (If you missed the post check it out).   For those of you who read the article and thought “I’m not sure I want to deal with that” there may be another way…the Password Manager.  There are multiple options out there for password management software.  Here’s what you need to know.

What is a Password Manager?

A password manager is an application you install on your computer and mobile devices designed to make password management quick and easy.  The core concept is you create one Master Password to access the software, and it will create and store unique passwords for all the various websites you visit.  Some versions can even automatically fill in your login and password credentials for you.  Most products also include a password generator, which will create very strong, complicated passwords that you don’t need to remember.

Will Password Managers work on my mobile devices?

Most fee-based password managers will sync across all of your devices including Windows and Mac computers as well as mobile phones running iOS or Android.

How can I get a Password Manager?

There are several password managers on the market today.  Some are free and others charge a fee. Prices range from about $12 to $40 and up, depending on the features you want.  Popular choices include LastPass, LogMeOnce, and Sticky Password.  If you’re looking for a free option, LastPass is popular (the free version doesn’t include syncing across multiple devices).  You might also check out LogMeOnce (visit their product comparison page page to see the difference between the free and paid versions).

If you try a new password manager feel free to come back and leave a comment sharing your experiences.

For more information on how to improve your data security please visit the data security section of our website.  You can also download the “Data Security: Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Business” whitepaper.

– The AccountabilIT Team