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Posted on: October 24, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week 4

The solution is….. Password Managers! Password managers are pieces of software that often take the form of apps, browser plugins or they might be included automatically in your browser or computer operating system. These passwords managers automatically store your passwords and can autofill them when you arrive at the site. That’s not all! Most password managers also include password/passphrase generators too! With just a few clicks, you can generate new, secure passwords that are long, unique and complex.

Don’t Pass on Password Managers

Some advantages of password managers include:

  • Saves time 
  • Works across all your devices and operating systems 
  • Protects your identity 
  • Notify you of potential phishing websites 
  • Alerts you when a password has potentially become compromised 

Understanding Password Managers

Even though password managers are the best way to keep your information safe, Americans have many misconceptions about them. About 65% of Americans don’t trust password managers! Why? There are a couple of reasons, but many are afraid that storing all their passwords in one place means they are at risk if a hacker breaches your vault. This line of thinking is misguided. Password managers today are safer than ever before, and they are much safer than using a physical notebook, storing passwords in a Notes app or reusing passwords that are easy to remember. However, just like any software, there are more secure and less secure products available. Here are some key things a good password manager should have:

  • Encryption: Quality password managers encrypt all of the passwords stored on them, no matter whether the passwords are stored on your device or on the company’s servers. This means that your passwords would be basically impossible to decode if a hacker tried to breach your password manager. The only access to your passwords on a password manager is with a password only you know.   
  • Multi-Factor Authentication: Because your password vault on a password manager is so valuable, the best password managers require multi-factor authentication for you to log in. This means that anyone trying to view your passwords from unfamiliar device will need to log in multiple ways. This can include a facial ID, fingerprint scan, inputting a code you get in an SMS text message or approving the log-in attempt on a separate app. This builds another wall around your passwords, so you know they are kept extra-secure.  
  • Zero Knowledge: As the name suggests, zero knowledge means a password manager does not know what your password is – the company does not store the keys needed to decrypt the main password that unlocks your vault. This means that your main password is never kept on the system’s servers. You are the only one who knows it, so you should make it strong and protect it with MFA.

Password Manager Options

There are many different free or paid password managers available for personal or business use. We recommend that you compare the different password managers and find the one that works best for you with these trustworthy guides:   

A password manager frees you from keeping a confusing notebook of passwords in a drawer, or a messy sticky note with all your most important passwords stuck on your computer. Now you only need to remember the single password that unlocks your password manager vault. They literally take a few minutes to download and get started with, so don't delay!

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