Password managers are a great way to keep your online accounts secure. But what exactly are they, and how do they work? Here are 10 things you need to know about password managers:
What is a password manager?
In this day and age, it’s likely you have hundreds of different online accounts. If you’re following our advice to use a unique password for each account, all those passwords are impossible to manage on your own. That’s where a password manager comes into play.
A password manager is a program that helps you create and store strong passwords for all of your online accounts. It also helps you keep track of which passwords go to which accounts.
How do password managers work?
When you create a new account on a website, you enter your username and password. The password manager stores this information in a secure vault. When you log in to that website again, the password manager automatically fills in your username and password for you.
Password managers usually help you update your passwords, generate new ones, and even warn you if a password is unsafe to use.
What are the benefits of using a password manager?
There are many benefits to using a password manager. Here are a few:
- You can create strong passwords for all of your online accounts.
- You don’t have to remember all of your passwords.
- You can keep your passwords secure.
- You can log in to your accounts quickly and easily.
What are the risks of using a password manager?
There are a few risks when using a password manager. Here are a few:
- If the password manager is hacked, your passwords could be exposed.
- If you forget your master password, you will lose access to all of your passwords.
Even though there are some risks, we still recommend using one. It’s a lot better than using the same password everywhere!
How do I choose a password manager?
There are many different password managers available. When selecting a password manager, you should consider the following factors:
- Security: The password manager should be secure and have a good track record.
- Features: The password manager should have the features you need, such as the ability to create strong passwords, store passwords securely, and sync passwords across devices.
- Price: Password managers can range in price from free to paid. Choose a password manager that fits your budget.
How do I use a password manager?
Once you have chosen a password manager, you need to create a master password. This is the password that you will use to access all of your other passwords. It is important to make your master password strong and to keep it secret. A strong master password will be at least 20 characters long. Read our previous article to learn tips on creating a strong password.
Once you have created a master password, you can start using the password manager to store your passwords. When you create a new account on a website, the password manager will ask you to create a strong password for that account. It will also store that password in its vault.
When you log in to a website, the password manager will automatically fill in your username and password for you. You can also use the password manager to generate strong passwords for new accounts.
How often should I change my passwords?
Periodic password changes used to be recommended. However, research has shown that periodic password changes are not helpful in keeping your accounts safe. You should change your passwords if you have any reason to believe that they may have been hacked. Otherwise, don’t worry about this!
What should I do if my password is compromised?
If your password is hacked, you should change it immediately. You should also contact the website or service where your password was used and let them know that your password has been compromised.
What should I do if I forget my master password?
If you forget your master password, you will lose access to all of your passwords. You will need to reset your master password or create a new one. That’s why it’s important to keep your recovery information up to date in your password manager.
What should I do if I lose my device that contains the password manager?
Most password managers are cloud based. That means you can easily recover your account if you lost that device. The technology we have is amazing, isn’t it?
Password managers are a great way to keep your online accounts secure. By following these 10 tips, you can choose the right password manager for your needs and use it safely.