Managing Your Passwords
Ever since the unfortunate Heartbleed incident, there is plenty of buzz about passwords and how to keep ourselves safe from data theft. We all know it’s important to be smart about our passwords to keep our personal information protected. But what exactly does that mean?
It means creating strong passwords, not using the same ones for multiple sites, and changing them all regularly. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? And who has a good enough memory to keep track of them all? I surely don’t, and nothing is more frustrating than trying to login to your banking site, only to have your account frozen after entering the wrong password too many times.
Here’s the good news: there are password managers out there to make the job easy. And many are free or very low cost. There are several really good password protection tools to choose from, but here are two of our favorites:
LastPass: Free at the basic level, LastPass uses state-of-the-art encryption and decryption processes to store your passwords. Available for mobile, too. You can upgrade to include multifactor authentication (geek speak for adding another login step) for even further security.
Dashlane: Using the free version of Dashlane you can import all of the passwords already stored in your browser and store them safely with Dashlane. You can also sign up to receive auto alerts when sites you use have been breached.
Signing up for a password manager might seem like a pain. But we’re here to tell you it’s worth your time (and it’s really pretty simple to do, anyway). Trust us, taking a few minutes to sign up for the protection is way easier than dealing with a personal information breach. Do yourself a favor and take care of it today.