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Password Managers – Which is the best?

Is it necessary to use a password manager? Absolutely!

With more and more services being subscribed to each and every day, it is more essential than ever.

Using the same password for multiple online services is the riskiest thing you can do with your online accounts. Just one website becoming breached and your password being leaked, means that all of your websites are potentially breached. This is one of the most crucial reasons to have different passwords for each of your online services, and to manage them all in one place. Password management tools are the perfect solution for this, creating complex, random passwords and filling them in for you automatically.

Password Security Tip!

There is a free online web service that lets you know if your email address has been involved in any known breaches of websites/data leaks. The service can be found here

1. DashLane

DashLane is one of the most renowned tools around with the free version including a host of features such as:

  • Form & Payment AutoFill
  • Emergency Contact Access
  • Secure Notes
  • Up to 50 Login Accounts
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Upgrade to the Premium version, and DashLane will monitor your credentials against the Dark Web, Secure File Storage and a VPN on Wi-Fi Networks to prevent passwords from being intercepted.

2. LastPass

LastPass is a fantastic password manager that allows you slightly more features than DashLane’s free version, but personally I don’t feel the layout and usability are as good as DashLane. Free features include:

  • Searchable, Categorized Password Vault (Business, Leisure, Entertainment, etc)
  • AutoFill/Autologin
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA)
  • One-to-One sharing
  • Password Generator
  • Secure Notes
  • Mobile App/Authenticator

Personally, the Autologin function for me is what tips the scales on this, simply browsing to a website where LastPass has information stored has the information automatically entered and the ‘Login’ button clicked for you

3. Google Chrome Password Manager

With most modern-day browsers, there are built-in password management capabilities, such as Google Chrome. Whilst these are convenient and do automatically pop up asking if you wish for the browser to save a password that’s been entered, it really does lack all of the other features that a 3rd party tool would give you. On the other hand, browsing to https://passwords.google.com whilst signed into your Gmail account will give you a list of passwords saved to your account, and this does synchronize across all of your devices that you’re utilizing Chrome making it very convenient.

Matthew Mclaughlin

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