The year 2021 and a large proportion of people are still using passwords that are easy for them to remember which is great but then they’re stuck with choices when it comes to having to think of another password to use on another website or service because we’re all aware that using the same password on every website or service serves as another risk where if one website or service is involved in a breach which may leak your password even if hashed still poses a threat to all your website or services which you use, so how can we combat this specific issue?
The solution is to use a ‘Password Manager’.
First, lets start off with what a ‘password manager’ is and the benefits.
Obviously the name itself indicates that it somehow managers your passwords. So, glad that’s out of the way. Lets now talk about why you should be using a password manager.
In this post, I am going to refer to 1password by AgileBits Inc. AgileBits has release 1password for many years now as their flagship software/product, and I myself have been using 1password for many years (relax, I’m not going to spam this post with affiliate links – just type 1password in google and navigate to their site yourself).
I read a lot of reviews and read a lot of their whitepapers to understand the nitty gritty of how they store passwords and what sort of keys and encryption are used and in, plain and simple terms – you pretty much can store all the credentials you use on websites and services that require an authentication or form of login using either username, password, email and even bank id/client ids.
It stores this information in both a local store encrypted database as well as online in the cloud which is heavily protected and secured with 2 way encryption both on the server and on the client side.
You can pretty much say, store your twitter username and password in 1password as well as other services and then copy and paste it from the application on the website or services log in page but you don’t need to worry about remembering the twitter password because you only need to remember 1 specific master password to access all your other passwords stored in 1password.
The recovery process is pretty neat too where you are given an emergency recovery kit where you are given extra details which you can store or print as a PDF somewhere in case, say you reformat your PC or forget your master password.
One of the best features is, the generating of secure passwords at large length. For example, one of my yahoo mail accounts uses a 64 character length password which I don’t even remember what it is, its all random numbers, letters and special characters yet I do not need to remember it as I just copy and paste directly from 1password into yahoo’s login page and bang! I am in my mailbox without having to know character to character what my 64 character password was.
Mix and pair that with MFA and a hacker can have a fun and lengthy time trying to crack into that email, more of a waste of time even if they do get the password after years of attempting some form of password cracking because the MFA will be the extra layer of technology that will stop hackers and ruin their day. More of MFA some other day.
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