7 Reasons You Should Be Using a Password Manager

MakeUseOf | 7/9/2019 | Christian Cawley
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You’ve heard about password managers like LastPass and Dashlane, but you’re not sure if you need one. Well, here’s the thing: you need one. If you have more than one account and are security-aware enough to maintain different passwords, you need a password manager.

Need to know more? Here are several reasons you should be using a password manager.

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Password managers are available free of charge, as part of your web browser, or as premium subscriptions. They’re vital for managing your online accounts—here’s why:

Want to know more? Let’s expand these reasons and look at them in more depth.

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Consider for a moment how many passwords you’re using. There’s probably an email account, maybe cloud storage… almost certainly social media. Perhaps you have an account for Spotify or iTunes, probably eBay, Amazon, Netflix, perhaps apps for restaurants and supermarkets.

Put like that, it’s more than you think, right?

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While one or two passwords are easy to remember, five or six becomes a bit trickier. Of course, there is the temptation to use the same password for all accounts.

However, you should never do this. All a scammer needs to do is crack one account and they’ll have access to all. The results of the haveibeenpwned.com website show how regularly account data is hacked from websites and online stores.

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With a password manager, you don’t need to remember every password for every account. The tool will do it for you.

There is one password that you’ll need to know, however. Password managers use a master password that gives access to the encrypted contents of its secure vault.

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So, if you remember the master password, your password manager will work, filling passwords and account details when required. Sometimes you don’t even need the password. For example, the LastPass app for mobile devices can use a phone or tablet’s thumbprint reader for authentication.

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