Why a password manager?
1. Problem with passwords
Most people can only remember up to 10 different passwords. However, we typically have far more accounts than that, leading many to resort to using the same or similar passwords. Unfortunately, this practice makes it easier for attackers to succeed and puts individuals at risk.
2. Solution - Password Manager
The password manager stores and encrypts your login credentials. You only need to remember one strong password (master password) to protect all your accounts. It also helps you generate secure passwords and automatically fills them in when you log in.
3. Safety and comfort
A password manager is essential for secure digital usage. It protects your accounts and simplifies your life by helping you remember passwords easily.
Which password manager to choose?
A wide variety of password management solutions are available in the market, but along with this variety comes the risk of encountering password managers that might be of poor quality, expensive, or overly complex.
But do not worry! We have prepared a guide to help you activate and set up two user-friendly and secure password managers.
Bitwarden is a free open-source password manager which offers top-notch security features. It shields users' data using AES 256-bit encryption, zero-knowledge proof (ensuring the company can not access your passwords), and robust 2FA capabilities.
Additionally, Bitwarden provides advanced features like local data storage, password security checks, and data leak monitoring.
KeePassXC is a user-friendly, free password manager compatible with various web browsers and mobile devices.
For Android, we suggest using KeePassDX or KeePass2Android, and for iOS, options include Strongbox and KeePassium.
How are they different? Local storage vs. Cloud!
KeePassXC is a password manager with local storage, meaning your passwords stay on your device and never leave your local storage. This enhances security but can pose challenges for syncing across devices. Nonetheless, remember the importance of backing up your passwords in encrypted form.
On the other hand, Bitwarden is a cloud-based password manager. Your passwords are encrypted and stored on Bitwarden's servers, enabling effortless syncing across devices and access from anywhere with an internet connection.
However, it is important to note that there are many other options on the market. Below is a brief overview of the alternatives you can use, depending on your preferences.
Frequently asked questions
Password managers that function correctly and are properly authenticated do not have access to your passwords.
Your passwords are encrypted before being stored on their servers, rendering them inaccessible to anyone else. Some password managers even provide the option to store data locally on your device, catering to those who may have reservations about the security of password managers.
Cloud-based and local password managers each come with their own set of pros and cons. Local storage is often viewed as more secure since your data remains on your device, but it can pose challenges when it comes to syncing across multiple devices.
Conversely, cloud-based password managers encrypt and store your data on highly secure servers. This facilitates easy access to passwords on various devices as data can be automatically synced online.
The secret to creating strong passwords lies in combining memorable words. These passwords, known as passphrases (e.g., BUM!tear4violetdynamite), would take several million years to crack. A secure password should include the following elements: at least 12 characters, numbers, uppercase letters, and special symbols (e.g., characters and punctuation marks). You can base it on a piece of a poem, something you saw on your daily commute, or even on a childhood memory.
Avoid using passwords that contain easily identifiable information like your child's name or date of birth. It's also not recommended to place numbers or special symbols predictably, such as placing a number at the end of a word or substituting the letter 'O' with '0'.