Password Pain?

Password Pain?

PasswordPassword management can be painful. While passwords are good for keeping our private information safe online, it?s frustrating when you can?t remember what your password is, right? How many times per day do you reset a password?

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Just about every website requires some sort of login/password combination. Even though we?d rather simply have one login for everything so it?s easier to remember, there are great security hazards. Besides, companies are getting wise to security breaches and forcing people to come up with creative combinations of numbers, letters and symbols in order to participate in their online services. This means a variety of different passwords and we all need a system of some sort to keep them straight.

The second major factor is everything is online anymore. Think about everything you do online daily… paying bills, deposit checks, manage credit cards, file taxes, pay the mortgage, what else? In addition, this includes our work and our client?s work. Safety dictates we shouldn?t just give our login credentials to people we work or collaborate with. So, what is a better solution to ensure work can be freely shared without worrying about security?

Password management tools are not new. They?ve been around nearly as long as the password has been. However, they are growing in popularity and necessity as remote teams or online collaborations require sharing of resources. Online shopping is much more of standard as well. Now password tools can share login information without actually revealing it. They can also log into websites automatically or keep the information locally. Here are some options that might work for your needs.

Lastpass

This free to use website allows users to store logins and passwords online. This allows it to be accessed from multiple devices and anywhere the Internet exists. The site also allows you to share this information with others without actually revealing the characters. The password can be organized into folders and labeled as needed for easy retrieval. Additionally, the site offers credit monitoring, password auditing, two-factor authentication, and secure document storage. The service will even notify users if one of the accounts has been hacked. The site is easy to use and has a history of caring about the security of its users. Lastpass is what we use at Socially Powered!

KeePass

This tool is also free to use and big for users that understand a bit about online security. The site is open source and users are able to control various aspects of their own online security. This allows for a lot more flexibility and control. In addition, the site offers various third-party plugins for additional functionality. Fans of this service praise its offline access, multiple OS and device support, and excellent encryption.

Dashlane

This website is a huge hit for those who like a stylish and clean user interface. It offers auto login, automatic form fill, and log of online transactions. It also allows for two-factor authentication and the ability to share passwords with others. One feature even allows users to change multiple passwords without even leaving the site. Unfortunately, the ability to share/sync across multiple devices is only available with the paid version.

These are just a few of the choices available. Some work well for tracking online transactions and others are more geared towards sharing information safely with multiple parties. The key will be to decide what features are the most important and narrow down the choices are there.

Stay safe out there!

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Erin Cell, is the Founder & CEO of Socially Powered, LLC. helping business owners Power Up their online presence since 2012. Erin trains and speaks on social media around the world focusing on strategy, Instagram and marketing for blockchain, cryptocurrency and events..