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What is a Password Manager and Why Use One?

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Last week we talked about how to create a secure password and examples of what makes a good (or bad) password.

Remember how all the examples of strong passwords were impossible to remember?

Well, don’t worry, because that’s where password managers come in.

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What is a password manager?

Password managers are services that keep your online identity secure by generating and storing a different password – one that’s long and complicated – for each of your online accounts.

Why bother?

Hackers use brute-force attacks against thousands of websites all over the world every single day. That’s why, the more websites you give the same password and username combination, the more likely you are to have your information land in the wrong hands. It’s basic probability.

But remembering hundreds (if not thousands) of passwords + website combinations would be difficult and downright inconvenient.

That’s why security experts recommend using password managers.

So which password manager to choose?

Aside from minor differences with pricing, as long as you go with a reputable option, you probably won’t notice a difference either way. The four most popular options are: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.

1Password >>

Dashlane >>

KeePass >>

LastPass

I have only ever used LastPass so I can’t personally compare to the other ones.

It is, however, a great option that I use every day to keep myself secure. Below, you’ll find two links to LastPass. The first is my referral link, which I am providing you only because you will get one month free of Premium.

The goal of whitehatHACKR is not to monetize it; that is not why I’m providing a referral link.

I do get one month of free Premium if you use it (as do you!) but if you feel more comfortable, I am providing a link to the non-referral page below as well.

Referral LastPass link for one month of Premium free >>

Non-referral LastPass link >>

TL;DR

Passwords managers are key in maintaining your online privacy and security because they assist in using unique and secure passwords for each website you visit.

Do you use a password manager to keep track of your secure passwords?

If not, have I convinced you to start? Let me know below!

And if you found this post helpful, please be sure to share it with your loved ones and acquaintances alike. Online security benefits us all, and will only become more critical as technology’s presence grows in our community.

Get informed. Stay safe.

TheWhiteHatHACKER

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