In today’s digital world, passwords have become the norm. You need a password to access your device, another password to access email, social media accounts, personal banking, the list goes on and on. While these passwords serve a purpose, to keep cyber criminals from being able to so easily access your personal information, they have become a sore subject for some. Being locked out of your devices or emails because you can’t remember the password or the answer to your security question can be a pain and always seem to happen at the most inconvenient of times.
The simple solution would be to write them down and store them in a notebook. But, what if the notebook is stolen and then you have just given a thief an open door to your digital world? Others have stored their passwords in their notes sections in their cell phones. While this is also a convenient option for you, if someone were to steal your phone and manage to break past your initial password, they will have more access to your life than just your text messages and photos. Our phones, computers, and tablets have become our lifelines, so using a protected password manager is essential.
The team here at Liberty suggests finding a good password manager, such as LastPass. LastPass has received great reviews from several security firms and helps to keep strong passwords stored. LastPass can be used across all devices. With a password manager, the only password you need to remember is the password for the application itself. The application then stores the rest of your login and password information for all your accounts. A password manager can even help maintain a unique password for each account, so if someone were to gain access to of your electronic devices, this would eliminate any worry that they would also have access to your email, bank accounts, credit cards, etc.
The next time you find yourself writing down another password and login information, remember to safeguard your accounts with a secure password manager. It will help give you peace of mind if your device is ever misplaced or stolen.