One of the most important things you can do to ensure the security of your business’s data is to protect your passwords online. You may be thinking, “I keep our information safe by using a password with capitals, numbers, and symbols, so I’m all set…” Wrong! By using the same password for all of your company’s accounts, you’re putting yourself at risk.
As PC Mag states, “… who can remember a different password for every site? And once you've memorized one, the last thing you want to do is change it, right? But that kind of thinking leads to identity theft, or worse. Proper security requires that you use a strong and unique password for every website, and change those passwords regularly. Don't worry, you can do it. All you need is a password manager utility.”
We’ve researched several password protectors and gathered a list of our favorites:
“With this software on your device, you can easily generate strong passwords for every site you visit, secured with 256-bit AES encryption. As long as you come up with a strong master password, all your login information will be secure.
To help create a master password for any of the apps listed here, 1Password has some suggestions on how to create a strong master password.” (www.cnet.com)
“Once you’ve set up your master password, LastPass allows you to import all of your saved login credentials — i.e. usernames and passwords — from Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. It then allows you to delete all of the information from your computer to keep it secure, prompting you to do little more than remember your super-secure LastPass password.
Other free LastPass features include two-factor authentication, free credit monitoring, multiple identities, and even an auto-fill feature designed to streamline your shopping. LastPass also stores your encrypted information on its cloud servers, meaning you can use LastPass on computers other than your personal PC, and comes outfitted with a password generator for creating unique passwords.” (digitaltrends.com)
“LogMeOnce Password Management Suite is one of the best password manager for Mac OS X, as well as syncs your passwords across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. If your phone is ever stolen, LogMeOnce Mugshot feature tracks the location of the thief and also secretly takes a photo of the intruder when trying to gain access to your account without permission.
LogmeOnce protects your passwords with military-grade AES-256 encryption technology and offers Two-factor authentication to ensure that even with the master password in hand, a thief hacks your account.” (thehackernews.com)
“… Its design is slick and easy to use, and similar to LastPass, Dashlane creates strong passwords for you, saves them, and autofills Web-forms with personal information. So the only thing you need to remember is your master password to open the encrypted vault. A one-password-to-rule-them-all kind of thing.
It’s possible to install Dashlane for free on multiple devices, but if you want your data to sync across your phone, your desktop, and accessible online, you’ll have to pay around $3 a month to get that service. Dashlane also provides a digital wallet option that stores your bank account information for easy shopping. The digital wallet also allows users to capture and save receipts from purchases, which is actually pretty cool.” (www.wired.com)
“RoboForm lets you automatically login into your Web accounts using the embedded RoboForm browser. What I like about this app is you can simply navigate to a site that requires a log-in, put in your username and password, then RoboForm asks if you want to save it for later. From there, you can browse through a list of your log-ins in the app to quickly navigate to a site and automatically sign in.
RoboForm also has a strong password generator. But the other perk to getting this app is the ability to fill out extensive online forms with a click of a button. Once it remembers the first form, it saves all the data you entered so the next form requires almost no work whatsoever.” (www.cnet.com)