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Password Managers Can Increase Digital Security

Mar 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We encourage you to ask yourself and answer these questions honestly: Do you use the same password for all your accounts, whether its Gmail, Outlook, Facebook and other social media sites? Is your password your birthday? Or your dog’s name, or something that wouldn’t take too much trial and error for a cybercriminal to figure out? If so, you should consider using a password manager.

A Quick Note on Cybersecurity

Cybercrime is just as devastating as physical crime in today’s digital world. And it no longer takes someone breaking into your house to steal what is most valuable. Credit card numbers, social security numbers and other valuable information is all stored online. Are you doing all you can to protect your information?

When you use the same password for everything, when one website that you use gets breached, all of your accounts get compromised. Not only will a cybercriminal gain access to some of your information, that person will now hold the key (or password) to potentially all of it.

If you are using the same password for all your logins, or have multiple passwords written down on notepads, or in a single word doc — stop. You’re making life more difficult than it needs to be, and more unsafe.

Let’s Talk Password Managers

A password manager can store all of your passwords in a secure spot, and can only be accessed with a single master password.

You might be saying “putting all my eggs into one basket doesn’t sound very safe.” If you make a unique and strong master password, and keep that in a safe place, you’ll only ever need to remember one password while the password manager does all the heavy lifting for you. But password managers also do more than that.

A good password manager can generate strong passwords for you like “5nkDKu0324ndjiINIhndbxbq,” which you don’t have to remember and is extremely difficult for hackers to breach. Some password managers will also remind you to swap out passwords when they have been in use too long, or if you’ve accidentally reused a password, or if your password isn’t secure enough. It’s a really easy way to beef up your cybersecurity with a single tool.

What Are Some Useful Password Managers

We have no affiliation or connection to any of these password managers — we’re simply providing options to keep your information safe and secure. We encourage you to explore these and other options to find the solution best for you.

And if you haven’t already, consider adding two-factor authentication anywhere it is available. Between 2FA and a password manager, you’ll have a strong front line against cybercrime.

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