Creating a new username and password – it seems like we have done this hundreds of times. When you create a password for your account, do you use the same password over and over? Or do you use new passwords and cant remember them? I know I have been guilty of doing both in the past. We also worry if someone can guess our password and to get into our accounts. How can we make this easy for you and for your password security?
Password Managers are software that stores and manages your log in information for all of your online accounts. The software asks you if you want to save username and passwords from accounts you already made, and will generate new credentials for you if you are creating a new account. They also give you passwords suggestions that would be hard for a human and a computer to guess.
All you need to do is remember one important password – the Master password. This password keeps the all your other passwords safe and secure by encrypting them in your “password vault”. This makes it much more important to create a secure and hard to guess Master password.
There are a few things that you need to think about when using a password manager. First, you most likely want a manager that comes with a browser extension. This is helpful if you use multiple internet browsers and operating systems.
Second, would you like more security in addition to your Master password? Your password manager also has the option of two-factor authentication. There are several types you can choose from; biometric, SMS, or time-based one-time passwords (TOTPs).
A Few Examples
We have personally tried a few of the top rated password managers: LastPass and BitWarden. According to PCMag.com “The Best Password Managers for 2021”, these two have rated for Best for Ease of Use (LastPass), and Best for Open-source Password Management (BitWarden).
Each of these has free and premium plans. The premium plans are affordable with a low yearly rate but if you want to save money, the free plans give you what you need and is still secure.
LastPass free version includes unlimited password storage, a password generator, multifactor authentication, and syncs across multiple operating systems (Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices). Their Premium version costs $36.00 per year and includes one-to-many sharing, password inheritance, and priority tech support. This software also has a family version that is $48.00 per year and includes six LastPass Premium licenses, and a LastPass family dashboard that all members can share.
BitWarden supports all popular platforms and browsers, however Microsoft Edge and iOS has limited capabilities, so beware! Their free and premium versions include two factor authentication and a data vault that you can access on your browser. You log in just like any other online account. The premium version is $10.00 per year and includes enhanced two factor authentication, 1 GB of storage for attachments, and priority support.
Many password managers have these same benefits as stated above, its up to you to decide what ratings and versions fit with your individual needs. I would recommend going to pcmag.com where they analyze the best password managers and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
It is important to Zia Networks that our valued customers know about the products we recommend. Is your network secure? Please reach out to Paul@zianetworks.net to find out more.