The best tools to help you stop asking, "What was my password?"
Updated: May 7, 2020
Did you know the average American is projected to have 400 accounts that require some kind of password? How do you keep it all straight?
We are big fans of password caddy sites/apps with cloud back up!
Why you should save your passwords somewhere other than in a paper journal, on a local computer, or non-password protected online folder?
Security: If your computer or device is hacked, all of your private information is at risk. A password caddy keeps your information safe from nasty spyware and hackers.
Access: With a password caddy, you won't have to keep a paper list or document with your personal information. Because it will sync across your devices, you'll have your information wherever you are. If you use your computer password caddy, make sure you can access the passwords if your computer crashes or you need to remotely access the passwords.
Auto-populate: Not only will the password caddy auto-populate your password information, but some plans include the ability to auto-populate specific app information, too.
Multiple Passwords: Security specialists recommend multiple passwords, but that can be a headache. So, you probably are using the same password (or a close variation) on all of your sites. With a password caddy, all you need is one master password, and the software secures the rest.
Our First Choice is:
The one I recommend most to clients is LastPass.
It's simple to set up and use. First, get the LastPass browser extension and download the mobile app. All you do is create a master password and add your sites. In fact, as you visit your most accessed sites, LastPass will ask you if you want it to remember your password. The mobile app even supports thumbprint access.
They have a free version, which is great if it's just you and one other user. Here at WPS, we've upgraded to a family plan so team members can have access to passwords that I think they need access to and keep private other ones they don't need to know. This is accomplished through a folder system.
LastPass allows you to create a folder to share specific log in information, keeping the rest isolated from view.
"LastPass passwords are stored on its remote servers, but they are obfuscated using 256-bit AES encryption. Passwords are only encrypted and decrypted on the local machine, so there should be no way a man in the middle attack could compromise your login credentials.
To make sure that your master password (and others) are secure, LastPass employs a “Security Challenge” that looks at the complexity of your passwords, then lets you know whether they’re strong enough. If they’re not, you can use its built-in password generator to create replacements that are far harder for humans and machines to guess.
LastPass also offers multi-factor authentication using several potential options, including its two-factor solution, and those provided by third parties like Google."
(Source: Digital Trends)
Our RunnerUp Choice is:
"Along with a master password,1Password utilizes a “secret key” which never leaves your login devices, and is required for logins. That holds some advantages over multi-factor authentication, though it does mean that 1Password does not have the option of hardware or software-based, third-party authentication systems. It does offer fingerprint logins, for those who like to use biometrics to authenticate themselves.
1Password also helps you generate new passwords based on your preferences, using combinations of words, digits, and symbols with a customizable length."
Source: Digital Trends
1Password does not offer the option to isolate passwords into family-friendly folders. However, they do allow you to create a unique family URL so you can share the information.
Other options to consider:
Considered the #1 choice in 2019 by both PC World and PC Mag
Though the paid version of Dashlane is a bit more expensive, it offers some pretty nice benefits including:
Receipts from your online shopping adventures will automatically be screenshot and will go into a secure folder in your vault.
At some point, we’ve all sent our usernames and passwords via email. Dashlane will scan your inbox for these credentials.
Dashlane offers a VPN, which is a really nice feature that I haven’t seen from many other password managers.
Source: Security Baron
With identify theft and data hacks on the rise, your online security is a priority. Which solution will you choose?