You need them for everything these days.
Despite the advice of not using the same password everywhere, and not using those that are easily guessable (e.g. ‘password’), you’ve probably decided that no one’s going to be interested in hacking your PC so it doesn’t matter if you break the rules.
Perhaps you do it because you don’t think you’ll be able to remember a shed load of complex strings of lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols.
Well, the news is full of reports of people’s online accounts being hacked (and not just celebrities), so yes, it’s essential you take heed of the advice, use different passwords for everything and create strong, unguessable combinations of letters, symbols and numbers.
Before you throw your arms into the air and throw a tantrum because that will mean you’ll never be able to get back into your online accounts because you won’t remember the passwords, here’s a list of some of the top Password Management software tools you could use.
Password Management tools offer a secure way of storing all your passwords so you’ll never forget them. They store your login information for all the websites you use and help you log into them automatically. As an added level of protection, they also encrypt your password database with a master password – the master password is the only one you have to remember.
From this list, there’s bound to be at least one that suits your needs.
- Last Pass
Last Pass works on virtually every operating system and the desktop. It installs on the browser as an extension, which means you might need to provide permission to let it run.
It automatically fills out forms, allows for import and export, and permits sharing of passwords through the internet. It also lets you create and keep simple notes, generate complex passwords, and create a USB key using Google Authenticator Support.
There is a premium version which buys you mobile support and you also get multi-factor authentication, which you use like a USB thumb drive.
SplashID doesn’t require installation, instead the company sends you a 4-GB key-shaped USB device.
You plug the key into any computer, enter your password and SplashID will launch your data. The app securely stores your usernames, passwords, account numbers, and any records you need to remember and keep secure.
It also supports virtually all mobile operating systems including Blackberry, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, WebOS and PalmOS. It also has a client for Windows and Mac. The desktop and mobile versions of SplashID are sold separately.
- Password Genie
Password Genie is a mobile vault for personal information that includes but goes beyond passwords to include other types of information.
It stores passwords and personal information so you can use auto-form fill functions to easily open secure websites. Password Genie also provides space to store personal information such as PINs, credit card information and even birthday reminders.
RoboForm does away with the tedious process of entering usernames, passwords and other information to log into websites and fill out forms by automatically filling in the required fields.
It stores passwords, credit card and personal information on your computer only and doesn’t transfer data to the cloud. It enables multiple profiles, alternate addresses and even pseudonyms.
Dashlane offers a raft of features that extend beyond password management. It facilitates online shopping enabling users to complete online transactions by clicking a few tabs.
A basic version offers all the features of premium, but with limited support, a limited number of notes, and no mobile help. Dashlane is available for Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android.
KeePass is an open source password manager for users who know their way around a PC. For example, when you install KeePass, a wizard asks you where you want to store your database. KeePass makes the database easily portable, you can transfer it to a USB drive and connect to another PC.
AES and 256-bit Blowfish encryption are used to protect data should a drive be lost or stolen. You can also keep it in the cloud provider of your choice. The mobile and desktop apps synchronize directly to Dropbox or Google Drive.
It’s a tool for coders and tech savvy users really.
- Zoho Vault
Zoho Vault is a business-based password manager. It allows users to safely share common passwords among members of work groups by granting different access privileges.
Like many password managers it allows you to directly connect to websites and applications without having to manually enter login credentials. It’s useful for small businesses who don’t want to store lots of different passwords on spreadsheets.
- Sticky Password
This password manager incorporates fingerprint-based authentication and is another useful option for small businesses and individuals alike.
It syncs across different devices via Wi-Fi and features an online console that flags up ‘weak’ passwords. It’s useful if you have lots of different devices such as several smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs.
It also uses AES encryption which is standard for most password managers, and offers robust protection.
Finding the right Password Management tool for you
The list above is by no means complete. There are a plethora of Password Management tools out there so do some digging to find the perfect fit for you.
There are plenty of free and paid versions, it’s just a case of matching your needs.
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