What they are and why you need one.
What is a password manager?
Password managers were created to help fix the problem of reusing passwords on many accounts.
Compared to other options, password managers have been proven to be the most secure way to manage several online accounts and passwords.
You memorize one password, and it takes care of all the rest!
Who should use it?
Whether you have 50 online accounts or just have a few, a password manager is for everyone. It’s one of the biggest steps you can take to be more secure.
You won’t need to reuse any password, increasing your overall security.
Frequently asked questions
Most people will assume they could never be the target of a cyber attack. Because of this, they simply think that they are an exception.Refusing to use strong passwords because you have too many accounts to remember them is a big mistake because password managers are easy to use. Furthermore, using a password manager helps you avoid being an easy target!
All the time! In fact, most password managers sync between devices, so you’ll have your passwords everywhere you go. Additionally, they come with a built in password generator which takes all the work out of the process for you.
You want to use your password manager everywhere, including:
- Your computer
- Your phone
- Your tablet
- Your browser
- At work
This is a valid concern for many people- How can i trust that my one main password will be safe?
The answer?- Thanks to 2-factor authentication, this risk is eliminated because an attacker would need access to 2 of your devices simultaneously. You can learn more about 2 factor authentication in a later module.
Where to get it
After reviewing the top candidates from several sources, these 2 password managers are ranked the best. Each has a free version, and LastPass is the only one that offers to sync between devices in the free version
If you want to spend $0 and only have one device such as a laptop or phone, get Dashlane.
If you want to spend $0 and have multiple devices, get LastPass.
If you want a great experience between all your devices, never have to fill out forms manually, and deal with easy to use interface, get Dashlane premium.
How to install and use
Now, it’s time to set up your password manager.
Next, Install mobile version
Now, head over to your phone or tablet, load up the app store and look for your password manager. There will be a mobile app you can install so you have your passwords on all your devices.
If your device has a fingerprint reader, you will have the option to load your password manager by inputting your fingerprint instead of typing your master password.
Now you’re all setup with a password manager, and one more step to good cyber security defenses.
Give it some time
Over the next few days or weeks, your password manager will start to remember your current passwords as you use them. Eventually it will capture all of your passwords and the experience will be seamless. Also take this time to get used to using your new password manager.
It will be new at first, but give it a chance to make your life easier and more secure!
Wasn’t that easy? You’re already one the way to being cyber security saavy!
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