Make password keeping easier with these tools

(Image Credit: PasswordBox.com)

(Image Credit: PasswordBox.com)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In the wake of a massive hack impacting the data of more than 1.2 billion Internet users, experts are reminding us all of the importance of passwords. They should be complex and combine numbers, letters and symbols. They should also be long. Oh and you need a different one for every important account.

While it may seem like a headache now, taking the time to set good passwords can save you from financial and personal pain that often accompanies identity theft.

There are also a number of good password keepers available to help you remember complex, multi-faceted passwords.

1Password and Last Pass are more well-known password keepers and generators.

The subscription-based services aren’t your only option though. Here are a few more, via CBS News partner CNET.com:

  • Dashlane – Free to download across all platforms. For saving and back-up, there’s a subscription feeof $29.99 a year. You can also keep track of credit card numbers and other critical information.
  • PasswordBox – Free to download and use for up to 25 stored passwords. Unlimited service will cost you $12 a year. For added protection, you can add a PIN to access the app.
  • Keeper – Another service that’s free to use. $10 for backup annually. It has similar features to those above but also offers sharing of critical info between users.

 

2 comments

  • Hitoshi Anatomi

    ID federations (single-sign-on services and password managers) create a single point of failure, not unlike putting all the eggs in a basket. It remembers all my passwords when un-hacked and loses all my passwords to criminals when hacked. It could be considered mainly for low-security accounts, not for high-security business. Needless to say, the strength of the master-password is crucially important.

    At the root of the password problem is the cognitive phenomena called “interference of memory”, by which we cannot firmly remember more than 5 text passwords on average. What worries us is not the password, but the textual password. The textual memory is only a small part of what we remember. We could think of making use of the larger part of our memory that is less subject to interference of memory. More attention could be paid to the efforts of expanding the password system to include images, particularly KNOWN images, as well as conventional texts.

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