On the iiNet Blog we recently featured an article on Privacy Awareness Week 2015. It included a range of helpful tips on how to create a strong password and when you should update your passwords.
We received a lot of feedback on the article, thanking us for these tips. There were also a number of customers who were asking for assistance in how to manage all those passwords.
We agree. So many websites out there require passwords and keeping track of them all isn’t an easy task.
What should I use?
Everyone’s security needs are different so it’s difficult to recommend a particular product or application. The best thing to do is read current reviews online and weigh up the pros and cons for yourself.
There are a number of articles that provide guidance on the latest password managers to help you manage all your passwords.
The following articles outline some of the functional differences between products, and assess which are leading the field.
What are the differences between different password managers?
The main difference between the products out there is that some are cloud based while others use local storage.
Products that use a local storage mean that they can only be used on the device they’re installed on, or attached to if stored on a USB device, and includes apps like KeePass.
From a security point of view as long as the cloud based apps encrypt the passwords before they send them to the provider then your passwords should be plenty safe enough, although it’s worth noting that some cloud based services can have ongoing costs depending on versions or functionality required.
Real tech heads tend to use the local storage apps as the perceived risk is lower if the passwords are only stored in one place. That has some logic but is at the expense of usability now we use more devices in more locations.
It’s also worth considering that modern malware can also do some pretty amazing things, and sometimes our hardware fails, so files stored locally should be backed up, and your anti-malware (aka anti-virus) software should always be kept up to date no matter what you use.
This is something security people can discuss for hours, but hopefully that helps answer some questions!
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