You Need to Start Using a Password Manager Right Now

Joel Lee 22-02-2016

If there’s one thing everyone needs to know about online security, it’s this: nothing will get you hacked faster than a weak password. In fact, a weak password is only marginally better than having no password. For more info on what makes a password weak, check out these common password mistakes 7 Password Mistakes That Will Likely Get You Hacked The worst passwords of 2015 have been released, and they're quite worrying. But they show that it's absolutely critical to strengthen your weak passwords, with just a few simple tweaks. Read More .


But here’s the dilemma: the harder your passwords are to crack, the harder they are to memorize. And if you really want to stay safe, every account should have a unique password 3 Online Fraud Prevention Tips You Need To Know In 2014 Read More . How are you supposed to juggle so many passwords?

With a password manager, you don’t have to.

Password managers are simple. For every account you have, a password manager will store your username and password combinations for you in encrypted form. Then, all you have to do is set up and memorize a single master password.

Now whether you want to log into your bank or into Facebook, the password manager handles it all for you. This is how you can have hundreds of strong, unique, unbreakable passwords without having to memorize them.

Password managers exist in many forms. Most browsers come with built-in password managers Which Browser Has The Better Password Manager? Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer Although there are a variety of dedicated password management tools, every modern browser has its own built-in password manager. But just how good are the built-in password managers? We'll look at how each popular browser's... Read More these days, but you can also get a desktop version like Sticky Password 5 Best LastPass Alternatives to Manage Your Passwords Many people consider LastPass to be the king of password managers; it's packed with features and boasts more users than any of its competitors -- but it's far from being the only option! Read More which can also handle desktop applications that need login credentials. There are also password managers for mobile devices The Best Password Managers for Android Compared Passwords are hard to remember, and it's insecure to only have a few passwords memorized. Let these apps keep your passwords strong and secure! Read More .


Do you use a password manager? If so, which one? If not, why not? What would convince you to start using one? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. Rosie
    April 20, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    I have used KeePass since 2009, more than 300 entries. It is so easy to use on the fly. No need to write down something on a scrap of paper in a hurry and manually enter it later. Generate a strong password immediately without having to try and think up something you hope you will remember later. I know some people who use notebooks to keep track and then cannot read their own writing. Every new entry or change, the date is recorded in History. There are a range of plug-ins if you have special needs. I use it on Android phone as well.

  2. kulin desai
    March 4, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I have been using Keeper security password manager since 3 years & I love it. I can create complex passwords & no need to remember. After my death my wife or son can assess it by using master password which is in my bank locker.

  3. Ken
    March 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I've been using PasswordSafe for over 10 years and I love it. I keep the password file synced across my devices via Google Drive.

  4. Anonymous
    February 24, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I Will Never Ever Ever Hand All My Life Keys To Strangers, Period.

    Why Would I ?

    I Can Easily Create And Remember Individual Passwords For Individual Situations.

    Am I The Only One Who Have Heard Of Such Services Being Hacked, Too ?

    Why Would I Hand All My Life Keys To Any Third Party Software Or Service ?

    What Can Possibly Go Wrong ?


    • Max
      February 28, 2018 at 12:59 am

      Absolutely agree. Uploading all your passwords to third party's servers just for the sake of convenience is a security nightmare waiting to happen. As soon as your master password is obtained, or the company gets hacked, as has already happened more than once to some of the major online password managers. they have access to all of your online accounts.
      A much safer and secure solution is to use a locally stored spreadsheet and encrypt it. That way, even if someone gets your encryption password they still need to have physical access to your computer to get your passwords.

  5. Johng
    February 23, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Until someone key logs your password manager's password and now has all your passwords. Most password compromises are due to breaches, not someone brut forcing your Lowes or student loan account.

  6. Mike
    February 22, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I use Roboform.

  7. Anonymous
    February 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I use KeePass, synced between my devices with Dropbox. Bit of a hassle, but you can't argue with the price.

    I'd disagree that the nothing will get you hacked faster than a weak password, though. Password reuse is worse (especially if you have a weak password, though). If you reuse passwords, then once one of your passwords gets leaked after a website gets hacked (And let's face it, who HASN'T had an account involved in a big hack by now? You should check at have i been pwned?) all of your accounts are vulnerable

    I couldn't even remember weak passwords for all the accounts I have, let alone good passwords. Seriously, I have a lot of accounts across the web. I figured this out by trawling through my email looking for any website where it looked like I'd set up an account when I started using KeePass - it's over 200 accounts.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go change my password on the Linux Mint forums (well, as soon as they bring them back up). Fortunately, thanks to using KeePass I'm not too worried about anyone being able to crack my password - as a 32 random character string of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, it might take a while to crack (though I read somewhere the hashing they used was flawed, so it might be crackable). But even if they manage that, it's no use to them, because none of my other accounts use that password.

    • Fik of borg
      February 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      KeePass plus Dropbox, EXACTLY the same setup that I use (I rather trust this non-standard password managing scheme than a standard one, especially popular ones). KeePass even has an android app.

    • Joel Lee
      March 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Good point, Slashee! Password reuse is definitely one of the biggest mistakes people make. Thanks for sharing your story! It's amazing how quickly a password manager can fill up once you start using one.

  8. Khalid
    February 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Excellent Blog Joel. Thank you for sharing the information. Carry on more such interesting blogs. Regards

    • Joel Lee
      March 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Khalid! I appreciate it. :)

      • Anonymous
        March 9, 2016 at 11:48 am

        My Pleasure. Joel I am waiting to see more interesting blogs. As and when you post any blog, please let me know


  9. Anonymous
    February 22, 2016 at 10:46 am