Remembering strong and unique passwords for every website you visit is too hard to do without assistance. Fortunately, there are plenty of free password managers that can help.
Use a password management tool (e.g., KeePass, LastPass, Password Agent) to store all your passwords. When using a password manager, you have one master passphrase that protects all of your other passwords. This leaves you with the ease of having to remember only one
Passwords aren’t a great way to prove—or protect—your identity, but for now, we’re stuck with them. The problem is anybody who cracks or guesses your password can log in to your bank, your social media, your email—any secure site.
User accounts (User IDs and Passwords) are the primary keys to many of our systems and must be managed carefully.
Passwords and other authentication methods like tokens, keys or biometrics are ways that systems verify you are who you claim to be. If someone else uses your credentials, the system will think it is you. That person can do anything you can do on your computer. They can log in as you and do a number of actions including deleting files, sending malicious emails, or browsing inappropriate sites.
Any activity using your account is done in your name and is your responsibility.
Passwords should be protected. Incorporate the following guidelines as a means for protecting passwords:
- Do not write down passwords (e.g., on Post-It notes)
- Do not share passwords with anyone (e.g., Global Service Desk or trusted family member). Passwords and other authentication methods (e.g., security token or security questions) is what a system uses to verify that you are who you claim to be.
- Do not store passwords in clear text (unencrypted) or an easily decrypted form
- Do not hard-code passwords into login scripts, batch files, or elsewhere on the computer
- Use different passwords for different accounts, so if someone gets one password they will not get them all. If your account is compromised, it takes less effort to change a single password than it takes to change the password on all of the accounts it was used
- When setting security verification questions, choose questions for which it is unlikely that an internet search would yield the correct answer
There are some Password managers which can be used examples are:
http://keepass.info/ : What is KeePass?
Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, website, etc. Unimaginable.
KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
Is it really free?
Yes, KeePass is really free, and more than that: it is open source (OSI certified). You can have a look at its full source and check whether the encryption algorithms are implemented correctly.
https://lastpass.com/ : The free LastPass 4.0 has a bold new online interface, and features such as emergency access and automated password updating put it ahead of many of its for-pay competitors.
Free for use on multiple same-type devices. Actionable password strength report. Automated password changing. Multifactor authentication. Enhanced user interface for online password vault. New emergency access password inheritance. New sharing center.
Password Agent is an easy-to-navigate password management program that allows you to store all your passwords, secret notes and data snippets in a single, secure database. Do you have too many passwords to remember? Are pieces of paper that you used to write down your important account information lost? Do you want to find this information quickly? Password Agent keeps track of all your passwords – no problems, no worries. And, it keeps unauthorized users from accessing your private information.
Sounds interesting? Download the free Lite version now and see for yourself.