Passwords are the keys to your online accounts, and they should be kept safe and secure. However, with so many websites and services requiring you to create and remember passwords, it can be hard to manage them all. That’s why you should use a password manager – a program or application that helps you store and manage your passwords in a convenient and safe way.
Here are some of the benefits of using a password manager:
You only need to remember one master password
A password manager stores all your passwords in a single account, which is protected by a master password. This is the only password you need to remember, and it should be strong and unique. Some password managers also allow you to use biometric data, such as your fingerprint or face scan, to access your account. Once all your passwords are stored in a password manager you don’t have to worry about forgetting or losing your passwords or writing them down somewhere insecure.
You can create and use strong and unique passwords for each account
A password manager can also generate random and complex passwords for each of your online accounts. These passwords are more secure than the ones you might come up with on your own, as they are less likely to be guessed or cracked by hackers. You can also easily use different passwords for each account, which reduces the risk of compromising multiple accounts if one of them is breached. A password manager will automatically fill in your login information on the websites you visit, so you don’t have to type or copy and paste your passwords. More importantly it won’t automatically fill your data into a malicious website, helping to keep you safe.
You can save time and hassle
Using a password manager can make your online experience more convenient and efficient. You don’t have to waste time trying to remember or reset your passwords, or typing them in every time you log in. You can also use the password manager to store and autofill other information, such as your name, address, phone number, credit card details, and notes. This can save you time and hassle when you shop online, fill out forms, or sign up for new services.
You can protect your identity and data
Using a password manager can also help you protect your identity and data from cyberattacks. A password manager can alert you if a website you visit is a phishing site, which tries to trick you into entering your login information or personal details. A password manager can also help you change your passwords quickly and easily if you suspect that one of your accounts has been hacked, or if you want to update your passwords periodically for extra security. Some password managers also offer features such as encrypted storage, password sharing and breach monitoring, which can enhance your online security and privacy.
Using a password manager is a smart and simple way to manage your passwords and improve your online security. A password manager can help you create and use strong and unique passwords for each account, save time and hassle by auto filling your information, and protect your identity and data from cyberthreats.
If you are not sure how to setup a password manager, or really don’t know how to get started, you may want to enquire about Pro Drive’s fully managed password manager service – which is part of our package of cyber security services or checkout the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre’s guide on password managers.