We all use the same password for a lot of different accounts, but that doesn’t mean these accounts need to be vulnerable. There are a number of useful password managers that can save you the trouble of coming up with complicated passwords.
Here’s how you can set up a password manager:
1. Choose a password manager.
There are a number of reliable options out there – LastPass, 1Password, and Dashlane. 1Password works best for Mac users. LastPass works best for PC. Both come with a subscription fee, but when it comes to security, paying a fee is worth it.
Also, be careful with LastPass: its database was hacked two years ago.
2. Download and install the app in all its forms.
Since you will not be able to unlock anything without first punching in your master password, you’ll want to have the app downloaded on all of your devices. Desktop, laptop, mobile apps – they’re all important. If your password manager has accessory apps, best download those too.
3. Pick a password only you could pick.
When you actually choose your password, make sure it’s secure – it’ll be the only one you’ll ever use. The best passwords are long and super personal. When you are done setting a master password, the app will generate uncrackable codes for all of your accounts
Once you’ve set up a master password, you’re free!