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9 reasons you should be using a password manager

Password managers like LastPass or 1Password can help you keep your online life organized, updated, and most of all secure. Here are 9 reasons to start using a password manager today.

  1. Keep all of your website logins in one convenient list. When you store all of your passwords in a single location, you also get a list of all the websites where you have an account. Need to update your address? With a categorized list of all sites, you can quickly run through and ensure you’ve updated your info everywhere.
  2. Have a unique password for every website. We all know we shouldn’t reuse passwords. A lot of us aspire to maintain a set of low, medium, and high security passwords. But when you start to catalog every site from personal and work life, that list easily reaches several hundred. Even if you could think up a unique password for each, good luck remembering that many.
  3. Auto-generated passwords take the stress out of new registrations. No longer do you have to agonize, or even think really, about what your next password should be. Just generate it. It’ll be way more secure than anything you came up with, and you don’t ever need to remember it.
  4. No more forgotten passwords. Even if you haven’t logged into some obscure site for a few years, you’ll never hit “Forgot password” ever again. Avoid any embarrassment contacting IT for the fourth time this week because you don’t remember some login at work.
  5. Sync everything between desktop and mobile. Even on the go, you have all the data at your fingertips. These password managers also work with most apps. No more typing in passwords on a mobile keyboard.
  6. Auto-save passwords. When you do create a new account, you either generate or come up with your own new password. The integrated browser plugin or mobile app will automatically prompt you to save your new password.
  7. Share passwords. If you have a shared bank account or Netflix login, no longer sacrifice security for convenience. Shared passwords can be just as long and complex as any other. Because password managers allow for shared data, everyone stays up to date and synchronized.
  8. Run security audits on your passwords. You can get a security score letting you know of any old, weak, reused, or compromised passwords. You can even run the usernames/emails through a known list of hacked accounts. That alerts if your accounts could have been included in any of the latest public hacking scandals.
  9. Store more than just website passwords. Your friends WiFi network. Your personal credit card number. The gym locker combination. When you get in the habit of storing passwords, you can also start to store secure notes for yourself. That can be a life saver in the real world.