How Many Passwords Do You Have?
Let’s admit it, we don’t like having to remember more things than we already have to – and having multiple passwords can be the bane of our existence! However, passwords also secure our most important data, from our social networks to our personal finances and while it may seem inconvenient, it’s never as inconvenient as having to deal with Identity Theft.
Just for fun (and a little education) here are a couple of reputable sites where you can check a potential password for strength & security. What you discover might be surprising:
ExpressVPN Password Generator
This page can create multiple secure/strong passwords – and there’s a downloadable version! Even better, it should work on any OS or device that can read an HTML webpage (your device creates the password – not the site – so it’s not read/retained by the website).
So…what’s the solution? Well, there isn’t a perfect one; we still need passwords and having a single password for multiple sites/accounts is just an accident waiting to happen. We recommend the use of a “password manager” – an app that does most of the heavy lifting for you, whether on your PC, Mobile Device or even a public computer. The main advantage of a password manager is the single sign-on – that is, you only need to remember ONE password, while the app remembers (and encrypts) all the rest! In addition, any good password manager will be able to create secure passwords that are difficult to discover (hack) and will be able to create a secure backup file of all information stored in it (remember backups? that other inconvenient, but necessary, thing we all need to do)
** Highly Recommended: BitWarden is our #1 choice! Open Source, free, runs on Desktop (Linux, MacOS, MS Windows), iOS, Android and pretty much every browser! Easy to manage, easy to share passwords with a family member (there is a ‘pro’ version with extra features – very reasonably priced). If you’re technically minded and overly conscious about security, you can even host BitWarden on your own server!
You can import data from other password managers and export encrypted or CSV backups, create secure passwords or passphrases, authenticate with 2FA (two factor authentication – in conjunction with sites that support it), securely save payment cards – and fill forms with one or two clicks.
Secure cloud syncing features allow you to access your data from anywhere, on any device! Your vault is conveniently optimized for use on desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone devices.
Since all of your data is fully encrypted before it ever leaves your device, only you have access to it. Not even the team at Bitwarden can read your data, even if they wanted to. Your data is sealed with end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256.
Best of all, with a Password Manager, you only need to remember one password…one key, many locks!