With the many, now-complex passwords that you’ll have, it is probably a chore to try to remember them all. That’s okay. If you need to centralise or store these in one place, then that’s not a bad thing. Regardless of where you decide to store them, it is still important to keep them securely stored and that the stored location is then password protected. Convenience and security can be found in a password manager.
There are a few things to consider when storing passwords:
- Use a reputable password manager.
Password Managers such as LastPass or Dashlane are examples of established and reputable managers. If your business or organisation uses a business-grade provider, such as Solarwinds PassPortal, then besides storing business-relevant credentials, articles, assets (and so much more), you have your own personal password vault to utilise.
Note: these, like all password managers, are not impervious to weaknesses and attacks, but paid services usually mean they actively fund and support their software, including bug-fixes and security updates. After all, their revenue relies on their products being secure and functional.
- The Master password.
If you centralise and store your passwords, logic reasons that you need to protect it with its own password—a master password, if you will. Ultimately, this will need to be the one password that is made more secure than all the others, because unauthorised access to this will mean unauthorised access to all the passwords within. That said, password managers include additional security measures, such as multi-factor authentication, to help prevent (or reduce the chance of) break-ins.
- Convenience shouldn’t mean laziness.
These password managers usually work across a myriad of devices, operating systems and web-browsers, making them incredibly convenient. Beyond that, they’re happy to help generate passwords for you. Be careful to not become complacent though, ensure your passwords are still secure and that you set up all of the manager’s security features properly, such as an auto sign-out, requiring your master password to be entered again for access after a set time-frame.
- It’s okay to be selective about what you put in a Password Manager.
You don’t need to add everything in your password manager. It’s okay to keep some of your passwords in your head. Whilst the manager may have very advanced security, nothing is completely full-proof, or fool proof.
- Update Software.
As much as people might like new features, updating software on your devices often includes crucial security updates and bug-fixes, and closing up discovered security flaws. Doing these updates is often good for you and your password security.