Why Use a Password Manager?

Why Use a Password Manager?

Why Use a Password Manager? In these days of increased cybercrime, a good password (as well as other defenses), is extremely important.

A common problem with passwords though is that it’s hard to remember all of them. This means that many people end up with one or two passwords that they use everywhere.

This problem can be solved with a password manager.

A good password manager:

  • Generates complex passwords.
  • Will auto-login into your accounts including those protected by MFA (multi-factor authentication).
  • Many will monitor the dark web to discover compromised passwords.

There are many password managers available online. Good ones include MykiDashlaneRoboformKeeper, and LastPass.

Why Use a Password Manager

LastPass is a popular choice. You can start with a free version and upgrade for very little cost for more features, including installation on more than one device.

Why Use a Password Manager? When you set up your password manager, its password is the only password that you will need to remember.

You’ll need to make it complex, of course, so how can you remember it?
Creating a pass phrase, a sentence including the spaces between the words means that it is very hard to crack but quite easy to remember.

Then you can get your password manager to generate long, complex, passwords and once you have it installed on your phone and other devices you will never have to remember passwords.

So, you can have unique and very complex passwords for every account, but easily log in via your password manager.

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Don’t Use The Same Password – A cautionary tale

Don’t Use The Same Password – A cautionary tale

Don’t use the same password

Don’t use the same password should be your company’s mantra on creating safe access to each account.

On May 7 of this year Colonial Pipeline based in Houston, Texas, suffered a ransomware attack that crippled its operations. Colonial Pipeline is an American oil pipeline company. Their system is the largest fuel pipeline in the US. They paid a ransom of 4.4 million dollars in Bitcoin within several hours of the attack.

The way that hackers were able to gain entry to Colonial Pipelines systems was through a single compromised password.
Cybersecurity consultants found that on April 29 a virtual private network (VPN) account was the means by which the hackers accessed the companies network.

This VPN was no longer in use. However, it had not been deactivated and the account’s password was discovered in a batch of leaked passwords on the dark web. This would mean that a Colonial employee would have used that same password on another account that was previously hacked.

Password manager

This shows how important it is to not use the same password for multiple accounts.
It takes one breach of a site that uses that password, and your company or private data is exposed.

So how do you remember all of those passwords?
Is having different passwords for every service that you access just too hard to manage?
The answer is a password manager.

And remember, don’t use the same password.

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See our latest case study published on the D-Link Australia website.

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