Password manager is a software application that enables you to generate, store and keep passwords in a secure and protected way. With a password manager you can always use strong, difficult-to-guess passwords because you don't have to remember them. The software does it for you.
Computer passwords are the main barrier between your computers, tablets, online bank accounts, shopping websites, social media accounts - and cyber criminals that are constantly trying to break in to steal your personal information and data.
It is true that you are not the explicit target. Cyber criminals don't know you, and don't care about you. But that's not how it works.
Computer attacks are automated. As soon as you put a computer on the network, it is under constant attack. Those with inadequate protection get compromised.
Companies and websites are under constant attacks as well. Those with weak protection get hacked. When they get hacked, your name, email, address, data, and passwords also get hacked.
Many companies are either incompetent when it comes to security, don't care, or both. Either way, you are on your own. If you rely on the service provider to protect your information and data, you will be disappointed.
A lot of computer software, websites and online services don't encourage you to set up a secure password. They don't want to get in your way. They want you to like using their service and they work hard to make it as easy as possible. Often this includes sacrificing security.
At the same time, you want to move through the password-setting process as soon as possible. You are busy and want to get what you need done quickly, and move on to the next thing.
No matter what new and fancy technology gets invented next, we will continue to use passwords for a long time. This is because it is not enough to come up with a new authentication method - like fingerprints or eye scans - we need entirely new concepts and authentication architectures as well.
We are still using passwords today, and with no good replacement in sight you have to make sure your passwords are secure. Otherwise, you are very likely to have your passwords stolen and your computer or website account broken into.
To keep your computer and personal information safe you have to use secure passwords that are difficult for someone to guess and for the computer to break.
Writing down strong, secure passwords on a piece of paper or a sticky note is a very bad idea. You cannot leave passwords in plain sight, even at home. And sooner or later, you are probably going to misplace the piece of paper on which you wrote down the password.
Password manager stores all your passwords so you do not have to remember them.
password management software is protected with its own password. To access all
your other passwords that are stored inside the password management software,
you only need to remember that one password, called a master password.
You have to use a strong, hard-to-guess master password, because this password keeps all your other passwords safe.
Mnemonic phrases can help you remember a password that is strong yet difficult for computers to break and for cyber thieves to guess.
For example, “I will always use Strong Passwords because they keep my Computer secure” becomes IwauSPbtkmCs. Then make it even stronger with a few numbers and special characters: %20IwauSPbtkmCs17%.
Still, such a password may not be easy to remember initially. Try to memorize it before you protect the password management software with it.
You need a fail-safe. Write the password down on a piece of paper, put it inside an envelope, and seal the envelope. If you have a safe, put the envelope inside it. If not, hide it - but don’t forget where you put it!
Use the envelope with a security tint. If you can’t get one, then wrap a few sheets of paper around the piece of paper on which you wrote down the password, and put it all together inside the envelope.
You don’t want someone to lift the envelope towards the light and be able to read the password through the thin wall of a regular envelope.
Using strong passwords is one of the best ways to keep your computer secure.
Password manager keeps all your passwords in one safe place. It helps you use secure passwords because you don't have to remember them. It remembers them for you.
It can also generate secure passwords for you when you need them.
Not only will your computer be more secure, you will have a peace of mind knowing that your personal data and information is safe.
If you need a password manager, I use Sticky Password.