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Why You Need a Password Manager

Passwords carry risk. And that risk can bring harm to your accounts, your privacy, and your security. To put it simply, between data breaches and specialized tools hackers and bad guys have access to, your password can be figured out.

However, if you use a password manager, then your password is significantly upgraded and it’s long, complex, and unique enough that a hacker can’t easily figure out.

What’s a password manager? It’s a tool that lets you create complex passwords for any account you want, store those passwords securely, and use them so you don’t actually have to remember any of them.

Now, when it comes to privacy and security tools, there’s usually a tradeoff between having more privacy and convenience. Ad blockers might stop you from reading the NYTimes until you turn them off, VPNs might break streaming services, and it’s hard to make the case to give up social media for the sake of privacy.

Password managers are different. They actually make life easier. Here’s why.

Creating passwords are already a hassle

How many online accounts do you have? Between social media, streaming, bank, and communication accounts, you’re likely already past ten. And it’s hard to make a purchase or download an app without making an account with a new password.

Under basic security hygiene, each one of those accounts will need their own separate passwords and under proper security hygiene, those passwords will need to be long and complex enough to evade hackers.

For those who don’t want to make the effort and instead, decide to reuse passwords, then they’re inviting risk to every account that’s sharing that password.

All that memorization and password creation can be its own headache. Which brings us to our second problem.

Password resets are common

You’re trying to be better about your accounts, so you start using completely new passwords and even try to throw in a few extra special characters, play with the spelling, add the random capitalization here and there.

Then the next time you try to log in, you can’t seem to remember the password. Was it a B or 3? Was the third character capitalized or the fifth? Was this even the right password or were you confusing it for a completely different account?

Frustrated, you decide to reset the password and rather than create another new password you’re likely to forget, you reuse one of your go-to passwords, once again, putting your accounts at risk.

Account lockouts are an even worse scenario

While the idea of forgetting and resetting your passwords may seem like a mild annoyance, they can become a real burden if you end up locked out of your accounts, which is more likely to happen on one of your more important accounts. If you end up locked out of a social media, email, or bank account, a small inconvenience can turn into a massive ordeal.

All because you couldn’t remember a password.

Password managers make passwords easy

If you use a password manager, you’re way less likely to run into any of those problems and you’ll be keeping your accounts more safe and secure. With a good password manager, it’s just a few simple steps (less than 5 minutes) to create a new password, add it to the password manager, and let it automatically fill out the password field whenever you log in. No more forgotten passwords, no more locked accounts.

To see which password managers we recommend, check out our Dashlane and 1Password reviews.

Photo by Amel Majanovic on Unsplash

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