What is a Password Manager?  

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Passwords are often the bane of our existence. They lock access to all our accounts, and keeping track of them can make your head spin! 

On a personal level, it can feel like more of an inconvenience than anything, but at an organizational level, managing passwords is an integral part of your cybersecurity health. 

You may have heard mention of a password manager but wondered what it is or whether it’s the right solution for you and your organization. This blog will cover everything you need to know about password managers and some recommendations for the best ones on the market! 

Everything You Need to Know About Password Managers 

If you’re like most people, you likely use very weak passwords and may even reuse passwords on different websites. Using strong, unique passwords may seem like too much work. While we can assure you it is, in fact, worth the effort from a cybersecurity perspective, we can also offer up a great solution for managing all of those complicated passwords: a password manager. Wondering what it is and why you should be using a password manager? Let’s answer some common questions. 

What Does a Password Manager Do?  

A password manager stores all of your passwords securely. This means you can always use strong, unique passwords without remembering them all.  

Do I Need a Password Manager?  

Yes, you should use a password manager. It will allow you to keep track of your passwords without having to memorize them. Some password manager sites also include password generators that can generate or change your password with one click. 

How Does a Password Manager Work? 

Many people wonder if using a password manager creates more work. The simple answer is: no. When utilizing a password manager, you will visit a website normally. You will then be prompted to type in a master password for your password manager and if configured a multi-factor authentication code, which then automatically fills the associated login information into the website you’re working on. This eliminates the need to remember what email address, password, and username you chose for each individual site. Not only do password managers provide you with an additional layer of security, but they also do a lot of the memory work for you! 

Are Password Managers Safe to Use?  

Password managers provide strong encryption, which serves as a strong defense against cybercriminals. Many password managers are protected by strong encryption like AES, the industry-standard protection the U.S. government uses to protect sensitive data. 

Which Password Managers Are Best?  

At Clarity Technology Group, we recommend 1Password or Keeper to store and manage passwords.  

Password Managers for Business 

One of the single most important uses of password managers is at an organizational level. Organizations that require employee use of password managers have much better cybersecurity outcomes.  

If your business is exploring utilizing a password manager organization-wide, Clarity Technology Group can help. With personal experience using them and recommending them to countless clients, we can guide you toward the best password management solution for your specific business needs. Get in touch with our team here.