You Need a Password Manager

Another day, another security breach.

It wasn’t even hackers this time, just the gang at Facebook who can’t shoot straight.

Update: 4/4/2019. It just keeps getting worse.

You Need a Password Manager

Facebook exposed your FB and IG passwords to its 20,000 employees. You need to change both, now.

But this is just one example of a much larger problem. Both consumers and providers are subject to hacks and leaks, and they happen all the time.

It’s likely that at least one of your accounts has been compromised at some point. Don’t believe me? Check here.

The problem isn’t going away, so you need to take responsibility for holding up your end. Unfortunately, you probably suck at security.

How many of the following are you guilty of?

  • Reusing passwords.
  • Using simple passwords – yourfavoritenoun76, qwerty14, my$t3r10u$.
  • Writing down passwords, or storing them in a text file.
  • Not using multi-factor authentication (MFA) where available.

Passwords are both an annoyance and prone to hacking. But despite advances in and wider availability of various biometric protocols, we’re stuck with passwords for the foreseeable future and we need to do better.

 


What you can do

Use MFA/2FA where you can. It’s not perfect, but you’d be a fool to have any meaningful data behind a login without it.

Use complex passwords, 16+ characters where you can. Complex phrases are at least as good as a long string of random charters.

And since you probably have 100+ accounts, you need a password manager (PM).

(Chrome now does a nice job of recommending and saving passwords, but you still need a password manager.)

 

If you know how PMs work and aren’t using one…shame.

If you don’t know how they work, let’s review the basics.

A password manager helps you to generate, store, and retrieve passwords.

Thus, your accounts are more secure, you’re less likely to be hacked, your information is protected, and your life is better.

 


Which password manager?

Doesn’t matter.

Why not?

Because adopting any of the decent ones and using it the right way will be massively better than whatever else you’re doing today.

 

Personally, I’ve been using 1Password for years and it’s been great. But I chose it at a time when I could “own it” for about $30. Naturally, it’s offered on a subscription basis today.

If I were starting into a new one, I’d give LastPass a go. There’s a free tier and it offers a 30-day test of the premium version.

 

Secure your accounts. Start today.

Stay safe out there.