by Peter Trinh
Our society is getting more connected; and with that comes the need to maintain more passwords. It’s also changing them on a regular basis; meeting certain and differing criteria for passwords for different sites and services; and being asked for them at the most inopportune moments where you end up changing the password to satisfy the need of the moment. It is a wonder that we are not going insane with passwords!
One of the best ways to better manage all these passwords is to use a piece of software called a “password manager”. It is a digital equivalent of a safe to store all your passwords; as well as provide convenient facilities to create adequately secure passwords; and enter them into your various services and websites. The password manager can be used across computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets; and can be used anywhere.
The most popular password manager service is “LastPass” but it’s not very secure. “1Password” is lesser known but more secure. The most secure, at the expense of setup simplicity, is “KeePassXC” which is an offline password manager for computers and laptops. Companion apps exist for smartphones and tablets; “KyPass” for Apple devices; and “KeePass DX Pro” for all other smartphones and tablets.
The first step is to make a list of all your passwords – website or service; the internet address; username; password; and finally, the password criteria. From there you set up your password manager of choice. Then, you can start entering each one of the password entries, including the password criteria. Entering the password criteria allows you to automatically generate a new password when needed, easily and conveniently. An optional step is to share your password manager’s “actual safe” so you can access it from any of your electronic devices.
If you would like some extra assistance to set up a password manager, I can be consulted at firstname.lastname@example.org and can provide remote support. www.trinhtech.com