Is Using a Password Manager Safe?

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Password managers are widely recognized as the best way to keep your accounts safe.  But is it really safe to store all of your passwords in one place? When you put it like that, keeping all of the keys to your private accounts in one place seems nonsensical.  However, using a password manager is more secure than constantly resetting all of you accounts with simple, easy to crack passwords.

Why Use a Password Manager?

If you have to remember more than 5 passwords, let’s face it, you’re going to make them easy to remember.  A lot of people use the same, or variations of the same, password for multiple sites.  Or they save their passwords in a document on their computer.  This is a huge security risk to your accounts, as other users, programs, and malware can access passwords saved in a document.

If you use a password manager correctly, it is more secure than relying on memory or a list in a Word doc.  As long as you use a strong master password, it would take a hacker with a brute force attack a long time to crack it.  We’re talking decades.

 


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