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Monday, October 16, 2017

Why You Need a Password Manager

News reports about hacking of online accounts are frequent nowadays, and knowing how to keep your information safe is important. Having a strong password is an important component of online safety!

Creating strong passwords is not easy, but remembering them is a real challenge. Because of this, many people choose to create one that is easy to remember and then use the same password for everything. If you are one of these people, PLEASE reconsider. Such a practice is a recipe for inviting trouble!

Instead, consider using a password manager. A number are available. Password managers suggest (generate) a unique, complicated password, encrypt it (convert to a cipher or code), and save your login information. All you have to do is create and remember one password to access this information.

A number of excellent password managers are available, with most available for all platforms. Listed below are a few of the most popular.

LastPass (free basic version, up to $48 per user, annually)--available for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile.

Dashlane (free, or $40 annually)-- available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.

1Password ($3/month for personal, $5/month family plan)-- available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.

PLEASE, consider using a password manager. Or, at the very least, create unique passwords for every site. Don’t wait! Do it today!

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