Get a Grip on Your Passwords with Password Managers

Do you use the same password over and over because it’s too difficult to remember multiple passwords? If you do, then all you need is one website to be hacked to put your information at risk, and you would need to change your password everywhere.

Or … are your passwords scribbled on a piece of paper, tucked in a drawer—where you don’t have access if you’re away. You could lose the password information if you spill coffee on the paper, or your dog chews it, or you simply misplace the paper. It is also a risk that someone with access to your house can find that paper.

Solution? A password manager. This is an app that can generate secure passwords, store them, and fill them in automatically on websites. Since the passwords are stored on the password manager websites (using encryption for security), they are available everywhere. You log into your password manager with a master password, and from there you have access to all your passwords. You can also upload images of your driver’s license, health insurance cards, passport, and other important papers that you might want to have available from your phone, in a secure way.

Some products let you share passwords with a family member. They vary in price (some are free) and features.

The most popular password managers are 1Pass, LastPass, Bitwarden, and Dashlane.

Here are some reviews to help you decide which password manager suits you best. Keep in mind that *any* one is better than that wrinkled paper in your drawer.

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