Password Managers

Password managers can randomly create strong passwords for a user. The passwords are encrypted and locked behind a single master password that only the user knows and the software securely saves the user's login information. Then he or she can automatically log into their accounts either directly through the software or via a browser button add-on. This also prevents the user from inadvertently entering a password on a wrong website. This is like a phishing site where it looks totally legit but it's not really the same site because password managers don't go by appearances. They go by what are called IP or Internet Protocol addresses. We discussed it a bit earlier. Effectively the numerical actual address on the Internet of a website is not necessarily correlating to what you see written down. There are a lot of ways to fake it, so a site looks like something else, but if it's the wrong one, the password manager will know numerically it doesn't line up and won't let you log in even though it looks legit. Now a portable version of this software can also be installed on something like a USB drive and used to view and log into your accounts from other computers. I'll include a link in the notes to good password managers and you can certainly choose them because they have different types of qualities for different ones are paid ones or free ones. For your office, I'd probably look at some of the paid options because they're pretty good and they're not super expensive at this point.

Password managers

  • Applications that generate unique and strong passwords for users.
  • The passwords are encrypted and locked behind a single master password that only the user knows
  • They also prevent users from inadvertently entering passwords on the wrong site (like a phishing site)
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