You’re feeling pretty smug that you’ve created a strong password system, and you’re confident your data, files, and sensitive information are as safe as a lock-down at Fort Knox. But are they? Or, you fall under the category of the many, many people I talk to on a regular basis who can’t remember their passwords. So what are we to do?
The first order of business would be to keep your passwords safe. In other words, don’t leave them lying around (i.e. on a note taped to your desk or monitor), or make them blatantly obvious (“ABC123”). There are several safe and encrypted programs available today to keep your vital passwords safe, yet easy to access. Here are a few for you to review.
1Password: How much time do you spend hitting the “forgot password” link on the multitude of sites and accounts you need to access? 1Password allows you to save all of your passwords in one place. The best thing is you only need to remember one master password to access the password storage. Folders and tags make it even easier to find the password you need; and you can even categorize by suppliers, clients, sites and more. Available for Mac and Windows, as well as iPhone, iPad and Android, 1Password is $2.99 per month for one person, or $4.99 per month for up to 5 family members.
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LastPass: Named one of PC World’s 100 Best Products in 2009, LastPass functions very much like 1Password, and also offers password sharing in such a secure way that you can share them without divulging their contents. It is a Password Manager, Auto Form Filler, Random Password Generator & Secure Digital Wallet App all in one. LastPass has a free version, a very affordable paid version, and is available for PC, Mac and Linux computers as well as iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, webOS and more. LastPass also has a sharing function that allows you to share passwords with team members and clients – selectively, and safely. You can get the free version, or the Premium version at a whopping $1 per month (paid annually).
RoboForm: (My personal favorite) RoboForm Everywhere gives you unlimited Logins, Identities, Bookmarks, and Safenotes on multiple desktops, laptops, tablets, USBs, or mobile devices. Similar to 1Password, all you need to remember is your master password. Roboform uses PassCards to store your passwords, so all you have to do is visit a website, click on the little Green Roboform icon in your browser and up comes your information. If you have more than 1 login for a particular site, a list of your options will drop down so you can choose which one you want. The beauty of RoboForm Everywhere is it’s available across ALL of your devices for one low price of $19.95 per year. It works in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera.
Are YOUR passwords safe and secure?
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