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Why should you use a password manager?

Posted by Kirstie Hogg on March 28, 2019

Password manager

Warning: Avoid getting hacked – use a password manager

  • Are your passwords strong?
  • Do you create unique passwords that you never use more than once?
  • Do you use different character types such as uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation for your passwords?

If you’ve answered “no” to any of the above questions, your personal and business information may be at risk. 

Last month, MyFitnessPal app disclosed a data breach that happened last year affecting as many as 150 million users.  Now, some of those stolen credentials are popping up for sale on the dark web.

In light of this conundrum, we urge you to stop reusing passwords and use a password manager. There are many different password managers to choose from. Here are three password managers we’ve used and a quick description of their capabilities:

  • 1Password – For just $7.99, you can get 1Password for your business. 1Password allows you to control and delegate management roles and access reports on how your employees are using 1Password at work. And, no matter the size of your business or how it’s structured, it can provision your employees using the processes you already have in place.
  • Bitwarden –  From just $3 per month, you can solve your password management problems. Store, share, and sync sensitive data with users across your business on various devices, such as mobile apps. Receive vault health reports, see user actions, set up multi-factor login policies for your users and more with this powerful password manager.
  • Lastpass – LastPass makes it easy to secure every password. Get centralised control over your employee password behaviour, enjoy seamless integration with your existing user directory and make password sharing convenient for employees, get access to a strong password generator and store digital records.

You can also use have i been pwned to see if your email address has been compromised or your passwords have been in a known breach (without needing to send your full password). You can use Firefox Monitor to find out if you’ve been part of a data breach,  sign up for alerts about future breaches and get tips on how to keep your accounts safe.

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