We’ve asked how our readers manage passwords before and we’re big fans of password managers here. Many Internet users scoff at the idea of using a password manager to create, store and utilize their passwords. They feel they’re too complicated to use, they’re not secure and they’ll just make things harder than they have to be. The truth of the matter is: Password managers are one of the best ways to create, store, backup and manage your passwords on the Web and we’ll show you why.
1: Never Type a Password Again
If you have no system in place to manage your passwords, typing them into a field can be challenging if you’re not sure what the password is for the site you’re visiting. With a password manager, you can copy and paste passwords and even drag them into fields. You can do the same thing with usernames, too. This makes juggling multiple accounts at a single web site much easier for users.
2: Secure Password Creation
Most password managers allow users to create complicated passwords which is what’s needed online. You should never use the same password across multiple sites, which makes using a password manager even more efficient. Some password managers, like KeePass, auto-generate passwords when you create a new entry.
3: Easy to Use Backup
Password managers give you a way to organize passwords. They also allow you to backup, export and import password databases. This means if you need to restore your computer, it becomes damaged or you buy a new one, you can bring the password database backup with you and still have access to all your passwords. You can even save your password database
4: Quickly Find and Organize Passwords
Password managers allow you to create password groups which make it much quicker to find and organize your passwords. Let’s say you have five Google accounts for work and play, you can create a single group to store all your Google-related passwords. This makes it much easier to find the password you need. Some password managers even allow you to search for specific usernames, web sites and other information related to a password.
5: Password Access Anywhere You Go
Many password managers come in multiple forms. This means that while you may use a password manager on your desktop PC, you can also access it on your tablet and mobile phone with the use of apps. Not all password managers use apps, and if that’s the case for your password manager, you can take advantage of the cloud.
When your create your password database, you can save the database itself on the cloud. Once there, use your password manager to open the database from the cloud service – like Google Drive – and access it no matter what PC you’re on.
If you’re still thinking a password manager isn’t for you, consider the following: Most Internet users at some point on the Web will have a password fall into the hands of a hacker. Do you want to be one of those Web users, or do you want to do everything in your power to avoid it? With a password manager, you can!