What is a Password Manager?

Today, nearly every adult and child has at least one password. Most have nearly 100! The statistics around password management are rather grim. The most commonly strategy is writing them down in a notebook (31%). Remembering passwords is also a popular technique reported by 26% of the participants. (NCA). The most startling stat is only 45% of adults would change a password after a breach. (Google). The reason is it is hard for people to create and manage their passwords using only their memory. It’s time to change your strategy and use a Password Manager.

What is a Password Manager?

A Password Manager is an application that securely stores credentials used to login to websites and apps. It generates random passwords that are long and complex and far more secure than what people create themselves. It doesn’t matter if you cannot remember the password because the application stores it and enters the login and password for you.

Why is using a Password Manager important?

People create weak passwords and reuse them. Those weak passwords are already known by hackers or can be easily breached by computer programs. This puts all your accounts at risk – including important ones like banking and work accounts.

Let’s revisit some statistics for this one.

81% of the total number of breaches leveraged stolen or weak passwords. (LastPass)
61% of employees use the same passwords for multiple platforms. (LastPass)

How are the benefits of using a Password Manager?

Password Managers lets you manage hundreds of unique and strong passwords for your online accounts. It also:
SAVES TIME. You don’t have to reset your password as often because you forgot it.
Works across all your devices and systems.
Notifies you of potential phishing or spam websites.
Alerts you to weak or breached passwords.

How is a Password Manager different than storing passwords on a browser?

It is similar in that it stores your login information and automatically fills it in. Browsers may be storing the logins on your device, or they may be in the cloud (for syncing between devices). You are usually always logged into your browser, so your passwords are always available. Your password to log into your browser may not be strong since we really don’t think about a browser like we do our bank accounts. Also, what if you use more than 1 browser? Your passwords will not be available to use. This is also a limitation of the Apple Keychain – it’s only useful on Apple Devices.
Bottom line is browsers are NOT as secure as Password Managers.

What if my Password Manager is breached?

A Password Manager is far safer than using browsers, notebooks, storing passwords on computers or creating your own passwords. Feeling like they are unsafe to use is very misguided.

There are a couple things you should do when setting up your Password Manager.
1️⃣ Create a long passphrase that you can remember as your Password Manager login.
2️⃣ Turn on multi-factor authentication

Password Managers encrypt all data stored in them. This means, if they are stolen, they cannot be decoded easily. The only access to the passwords in your manager is by using the ONE password only you know.

Password Managers does not know your main password. It is not kept on the system’s servers, so only YOU know it. This means you must remember just 1 good password.

Options for Password Managers

There are many different free or paid password managers available for personal or business use.
Some examples include: 


Look at trustworthy guides to compare the different password managers

Consumer Reports  
PC Mag  
Tom’s Guide  
Global Cyber Alliance: passwordmanager.com


Learn the basics of using a password manager.