Easy wins: Ditch infinite and impossible passwords and set up a password manager | Life and style

AAmid a wave of data breaches, password leaks and SMS scams over the past year, many of us have become more aware of the need to secure our digital information. Unfortunately, finding endless unique passwords for all of our bank, business, work, school and subscription accounts is tedious, memorizing these passwords is nearly impossible, and relying on the classic password “123456” will not suffice. not.

Enter Password Manager, the trusted vault of long forgotten codes, helping us access and secure our digital lives.

Password managers store a user’s login information in a back-end database. It automates the process of entering a site, helping that user create more complex passwords that are virtually invulnerable to password fraud attacks. The only password you will need to remember is your master password – your master database key.

The setup is straightforward. It starts with registering an online account, which includes deciding on that master password. After signing up, add the password manager extension to your browser and install the password manager app on all devices. On each device, log in with this master password and you’re good to go.

Most password managers will give you the option to import saved passwords from your browser. Otherwise, continue to use your device as usual. When you log in to a new site, you will be prompted to save this username and password in Manager.

Password managers are the trusted vault of long forgotten codes, helping us access and secure our digital lives. Photograph: Paweł Kopczyński / Reuters

Although most web browsers like Chrome offer a built-in password manager, security experts suggest using a dedicated password manager that can suggest generation of stronger passwords and prioritize secure storage. of your login information.

If you’re looking for a free password manager with an easy-to-use interface, Bitwarden has been named “the best choice” by Wired. A semi-automated password entry tool that supports switching between multiple accounts, Bitwarden makes signing in to multiple usernames efficient on the same device. Bitwarden is available on Android, Windows, Linux, iOS, MacOS, and most web browser extensions, and offers the option of being installed on a self-hosted server.

For a password manager with more features, 1Password, at $ 3 per month, also notifies a user if their password is weak and checks their password with the Have I Been Pwned site to warn of any potential breaches. of the connection. 1Password also offers authentication, similar to Google Authenticator, adding encryption security with a secret key.

A password manager will replace the sticky note on your desktop that contains every scribbled variation of the same ID you use on the Internet. It will also help replace the IDs themselves, with passwords a little stronger than your pet’s name.

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