5 Reasons Why You Need an Android Password Manager
It’s the first thing you see when you wake up; it’s the last thing to put down before you go to bed. You take it in the car, to the dentist, out for dinner and sneak it into movie theatres and long meetings. No, it’s not that wonderful person that you love. On the contrary, a survey by the Boston Consulting Group found that 33 percent of Americans would rather not have any kind of physical intimacy for a year, than not have access to their mobile phones for 12 straight months!
Even if that kind of obsession might not be for you, the fact remains that 65% of smartphone users in the U.S. own an Android phone – and you can bet that all of them are using it to surf the web, store personal information, access online accounts – all while using networks outside of their secure home internet connection. The moral of the story? We use our Android devices a lot, and we place a lot of trust in their ability to keep us safe.
In fact, it’s pretty hard to not store sensitive information, like birthdays or billing details, on your mobile device these days, or avoid using it to access any online accounts because the whole purpose of it is convenience! However, with vulnerabilities, like this summer’s Stagefright scare, and daily headlines about hacked accounts, the reality is that security risks do exist and, yes, they could happen to you. But this doesn’t mean you should go back to that retro rotary dial! The best thing to do is be aware of the security risks, and meet them head on with tools to protect yourself and your personal information.
Here are five serious security reasons why you can’t afford to not have a password manager on your Android phone or tablet…
Why you need an Android password manager
- Because keeping passwords in the Notes app is a BAD idea
Yes, that handy notepad app on your Android is a good replacement for the old pen and paper. But not when it comes to your usernames and passwords! Anyone can simply open up the note and get the information – whether they do it straight from your phone or by hacking in remotely. Using a password manager that uses military-grade encryption to protect that highly-valuable list is a much, much better plan.
- Because not password-protecting your apps isn’t an option
We get it – constantly logging into each and every app that requires an online account is tedious and frustrating (especially when you can’t remember your password!). However, you can’t rely only on your passcode screen to protect serious details like your bank accounts or rewards points apps. Password managers keep the apps locked, but automatically log you in once you provide your username and Master Password. You only need to remember one password, but all your information is kept safe.
- Because your mobile is easier to lose (or be stolen) than your computer
In 2014, 2.1 million Americans had their smartphones stolen, and another 3.1 million were lost. They are just too darn easy to leave on a table or bench, light enough to fall out of a pocket – and definitely expensive enough to be the target of petty crime. But having your phone stolen is one thing – having your identity stolen because of what’s easily accessible on your phone is quite another! If you are ever concerned about the safety of your accounts after a theft, you can always access your password manager remotely and change up your passwords.
- Because those little screens are a big pain in the you-know-what
Having to enter countless usernames, emails and passwords is annoying enough because you have to remember them all. But then do it on a 5-inch screen? Forget it. With a password manager’s easy log-in feature, you only need to brave those tiny keys once a session.
- Because you’re probably reading this on the go…
A password manager saves you the time and hassle of navigating all of the above when you’re on the go. In fact, you can start saving time (and money!) right now by going to the Google Play store and checking out the password managers available for Android.
October 1, 2015 / By: Leah