The majority of users use weak passwords that they reuse across several websites. How are you expected to utilize strong, one-of-a-kind passwords across all of your websites? A password manager is an answer.

Password managers keep track of your login details for all of your favorite websites and help you log in automatically. They use a master password to encrypt your password database; the master password is the only one you need to remember.

Don’t Reuse Passwords!

Because of the numerous password leaks that occur each year, especially on huge websites, password reuse is a serious issue. When your password is leaked, hackers gain access to your email address, username, and password, which they can use on other websites. If you use the same login information on multiple websites, a data breach on one of them might give hackers access to all of your accounts. If someone gains access to your email account in this way, they may be able to access other websites, such as your online banking or PayPal account, by using password-reset links.

You should use unique passwords on each website to prevent password breaches from being so destructive. These should also be strong passwords – ones that are long, unpredictable and include numbers and symbols.

Even an ordinary individual has tens of different passwords, whereas web geeks have hundreds of accounts to keep track of. It’s very, very hard to remember such strong passwords without using some form of technique. A password manager is the best solution because it generates secure, random passwords for you and remembers them for you.

What Using a Password Manager is Like

A password organiser will relieve you of the burden of memorising a huge list of passwords, allowing you to focus on more important tasks.

When you need to log into a website with a password manager, you will usually go to that website first. Instead of typing your password into the website, you enter your master password into the password manager, which fills in the necessary login information for you. (If you’re already connected to your password manager, the data will be filled in for you automatically.) You don’t have to remember what email address, username, or password you used for the website because your password manager takes care of it.

If you’re creating a new account, your password manager will automatically generate a secure random password for you, so you don’t have to. It can also be set up to automatically fill out web forms with information like your address, name, and email address.

Why Browser-Based Password Managers Aren’t Ideal

Password managers are built into most web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others. The built-in password manager in each browser is no match for dedicated password managers. For one thing, Chrome and Internet Explorer save your passwords in an unencrypted format on your computer. Unless you encrypt your computer’s hard disk, others can examine the password files on your computer.

Mozilla Firefox features a “master password” option that encrypts all of your saved passwords with a single “master” password and saves them in an encrypted manner on your computer. Firefox’s password manager, on the other hand, isn’t the best option. The interface isn’t designed to help you create random passwords, and it misses a number of functions, including cross-platform syncing (Firefox doesn’t sync with iOS devices).

A dedicated password manager will encrypt your passwords, assist you in creating secure random passwords, provide a more sophisticated interface, and enable you to effortlessly retrieve your passwords across all of your computers, cellphones, and tablets.

Password Managers to Use

There are many password managers to choose from, but three stand out as the best. Each is a viable choice, and the one you prefer will be determined by your priorities:

Dashlane: This password manager is a little younger, but it compensates with great features and slick apps for almost every platform, including Windows, OS X, iPhone, iPad, and Android.They have extensions for every browser, as well as features such as a security dashboard that analyses your passwords and an automatic password changer that can change your passwords for you without you having to worry about it.

Dashlane is absolutely free to use on a single device, which is one of its best advantages. You’ll need to upgrade to a premium if you wish to sync your passwords across devices. You can, however, try it out for free.

Dashlane also provides a security advantage in that you can keep all of your passwords locally on your computer rather than in the cloud. As a result, you get the benefits of something like KeePass, but with a more user-friendly interface. If you want to use the cloud to sync your passwords, they will be AES encrypted.

LastPass is a cloud-based password manager that includes extensions, mobile apps, and even desktop apps for all of the major browsers and operating systems. It’s quite powerful, and it even includes a number of two-factor authentication solutions to ensure that no one else can access your password vault. We’ve gone over all of LastPass’s security features in great depth. LastPass stores your passwords in an encrypted format on its servers; the LastPass extension or app decrypts and encrypts them locally when you log in, so LastPass couldn’t see them even if it wanted to. Read our guide to getting started with LastPass for more information about the service.

LastPass isn’t for everyone, according to KeePass. Some folks are simply uneasy with the idea of using a cloud-based password manager, and that’s perfectly fine. KeePass is a popular desktop tool for password management, but it now has browser extensions and mobile apps. KeePass saves your passwords on your computer, allowing you to keep control of them. It’s also open-source, allowing you to audit its code if you want to. The disadvantage is that you are responsible for your passwords and will have to manually sync them between devices. Some individuals sync the KeePass database between their devices using a syncing tool like Dropbox. Check out our KeePass overview for more information.

Update: We didn’t mention 1Password in the original version of this tutorial, but it’s a terrific option that’s becoming increasingly popular. Bitwarden is an excellent open-source alternative to KeePass if you prefer open-source software.

Getting Started with Your Password Manager

Choosing a master password is the first major choice you’ll have to make using a password manager. Because this master password gives you access to your whole password manager database, you should make it very secure – after all, it’ll be the only password you’ll need to remember. After selecting a password, you may wish to write it down and keep it somewhere secure just in case — for example, if you’re really serious, you might keep your master password in a bank vault. You may change this password later if you remember it, but you won’t be able to see your stored passwords if you forget your master password. This is necessary since it guarantees that no one else can access your password database without the master password.

You’ll probably want to start updating your website passwords with more secure ones after installing a password manager. The LastPass Security Challenge highlights the weak and duplicated passwords that you should concentrate on changing. Dashlane comes with a built-in Security Dashboard that may assist you in figuring out which passwords need to be updated.

Password managers also enable you to securely store other kinds of data, such as credit card information and safe notes. Your master password encrypts any data you save in a password manager.

Password managers may even protect you from phishing by automatically filling account information into websites depending on your web address (URL). If your password manager doesn’t immediately fill in your login credentials when you believe you’re on your bank’s website, it’s likely you’re on a phishing site with a different URL, typically a typosquatting domain.