It is always highly recommended that we all need to have different passwords for every online accounts that we are using, whether that is our Facebook account, emails or even finance ones. That being said, we have to agree that sometimes it is hard to keep up with all those different passwords especially if we make passwords as randomly possible with so many combinations of letters and numbers. So how should we do it? How to memorize all of them? Should we write them down in our diary, or save it on the PC, or always try to click on ‘Forgot your password?’. The good news is there are plenty of tools out there to secure our passwords and remember them for us. And here five of the easiest to use:
1. Use your browser
All modern browsers have some kind of option for password management. In the Chrome browser, for example, its on the Settings panel behind “Show advanced settings” and “Manage passwords”. In Firefox, that option is under Security tab. The most important thing here is that the mobile versions of these apps carry the same passwords and logins over to your phone.
1Password covers Mac, Windows, Android and iOs. If you want to try it out first, there is a free trial available for the desktop. This app is quick and clean and keeps your crucial login details behind super strong encryption. Browser extensions are also available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera to enable you to log in to the websites you use most with a single click, while on mobile you can choose to have a fingerprint keep your details safe rather than a master password.
This app can not only remember your passwords but also fill out online forms, and act as a digital wallet as well. One of the best things about this app is that is completely free even though you can sign up for a premium account. Dashlane works on all platforms. Login in is quick and easy no matter what platform you are using and it will even remember multiple logins for you if it needs to.
This app is always near the top of most password manager round ups and it is not difficult to see why. LastPass is intuitive, elegant, and free to use if you only need it on one machine. It can also securely store notes for you as well as passwords like the other two programs we already mentioned. It runs on any platform including Linux, and primarily works in your browser of choice but there are dedicated apps for Android and iOS available as well.
5. Two-step verification
If you haven’t already you should switch on two step verification on all the accounts that support it: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and many others. This extra verification step will add an extra layer of protection when your credentials are used on a new device so that an intruder needs more than you password and username. Typically that is a code sent to a trusted mobile number that you provided or an extra personal question that only you will know the answer to.