How many times have you used the same password (or variations of it) for more than a couple of websites, work computers, your online banking or to access your favorite streaming apps like Hulu or Netflix? If you’re human you can just about guarantee that you’ve used the same password over and over again more than you would like to admit.
It is common for all of us to use the same, default passwords in our work and personal lives. However, we need to be more careful when it comes to cybersecurity because the consequences of having your information stolen are not worth it.
Why not use a password manager?
It’s very important to use unique passwords for each service you use. That way, if someone obtains your password for one site, they won’t be able to access your online accounts on any other sites. Some people use the same password for every online account in their life. This is not good because if someone finds out your password, they can gain access to every account you have. A solution to this problem is to use an application called a password manager.
A password manager will remember all of your passwords for you, so you’ll only have to remember one. It will also generate a random string of letters, numbers, and symbols for each site, so even if someone finds out your password for one site they won’t be able to use it on another site.
Password managers can be used on all kinds of devices, including phones, tablets, and PCs. The most popular password managers are:
The most important thing you can do to be safe is actually using whatever password manager you decide to go with. So many of these get installed and forgotten about, which is terrible. If you don’t use it, there’s no point in installing it!