Three Tools That Protect Your Passwords/ April 16th, 2015
The old advice—change your passwords regularly to protect yourself and your personal data—still is true. And now technology can help.
Password managers are programs that store and encrypt your passwords. With a password manager, you have to remember only one password to log in to all of the websites you use. Here are three of the most reliable, user-friendly options:
- LastPass. This cloud-based password manager syncs with your browser and imports saved passwords. Or simply navigate to the websites you use, and LastPass will prompt you to manually enter and save your logins. LastPass offers multifactor authentication, which adds a second login step for additional security.
- Dashlane. Like LastPass, Dashlane imports passwords from your browser and saves them in a secure “password vault.” Dashlane can rate the strength of your existing passwords and automatically generate stronger ones. Dashlane gives you a choice between storing data locally or in the cloud.
- Roboform. Roboform mimics a browser bookmark: You select your desired website from a dropdown list, and Roboform fills in your login information. It also saves form data, such as name, address, and online payment information. Like Dashlane, Roboform allows you to choose between local or cloud storage.
Whichever password manager you choose, make sure your master password is as strong as possible. Your trusty password manager will take care of the rest.