The biggest selling point is that this is a simple way to significantly improve the security of your personal data. All you need to remember is one password (the one to open the password manager). Once open, the software will create and update, remember, manage and automatically input secure passwords for you as well as the usernames that go with them. A password manager will become your personal trusted digital security officer with a black belt in passwords that are fiendishly difficult to crack. We hear you saying that everything is now hackable, but it becomes a law of diminishing returns for criminals if your password would take so much experimental computer power to try and decipher – versus someone else who has no such protection. Make sure you are the one with the protection.
A simple password offers almost no protection from the scammers’ software that can replicate the rational thought patterns of the human brain. The password manager creates combinations of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation marks and symbols to make it increasingly problematic for a hacker to hack you.
Naturally, you should choose a complex password to access the Password Manager but the passwords inside it are all encrypted as another layer of protection. Don’t make it too hard on yourself when creating that password: three random words with three random punctuation marks in between should do it. And write it on a piece of paper and store that safely (or remember it!) rather than store that in an email, a cloud or on a device. Something like: “africa-badge_skate” would be a good password. (Don’t use that one).
If you have no password manager you may choose, as the National Cyber Security Centre recommends, to trust the technology companies who operate your browser (Google, Apple, Microsfoft, Mozilla…) with your passwords by allowing them to store and autofill the password requests on the sites you visit. But if you also have them stored in a spreadsheet on your computer as backup then you are still vulnerable. Once you get used to trusting your password manager software you can turn off the browser autofill feature and manually copy and paste each password from your manager, if you want to be extra careful.
Your password manager provider holds all your password data on secure servers and removes the risk that a hacker could gain access to your computer or phone and grab all the passwords in one swoop. This is their core business so you can believe that they do security better than you do.
Password managers might seem like a lot of effort but they are much simpler than you think. They offer increased security and peace of mind for reduced effort. They are a step towards a good night’s sleep knowing you’ve done one more positive thing to protect yourself online and for that reason, IPS recommend you make the effort to try them out.