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Why You Must Use a Password Manager

Do you still store your passwords and usernames in a RoladexTM?

Or maybe on a Word document on your personal computer?

Perhaps you save your passwords in  Chrome or  Firefox browsers?

What about a three-tier system using three username/password combinations for "sort of secure," "more secure" and "super secret" data?

Be honest, how often do you forget, lose, and reset passwords?

And yikes! how do you protect against those phishing requests???

Finding it hard to keep up with all the guidelines? Frankly, it's exhausting.


"The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d!" (WSJ Online by Robert McMillan, Aug 7, 2017)

♦  New Digital Identity Guidelines (NIST Special Publication 800-63B) by the U.S. Department of Commerce (June, 2017; updated Dec. 2017)

Still think you've got a good system?

Choosing a Password Manager

What do password managers do?

  • store information securely (cloud)
  • use encryption
  • generate hard-to-guess passwords
  • sync across digital platforms
  • can reset less-secure passwords
  • offer browser extensions for ease-of-use
  • some store information locally (on your PC, for example)
  • usually have a "free" level and a "premium" level
  • warn of insecure passwords
  • warn of security breaches
  • offer multi-factor authentication
  • auto-fill forms, including credit card and other frequently used data

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