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Keeping Track of Passwords Driving You Crazy?

 

There are several companies that offer secure digital memory programs. You might want to investigate them, before downloading your own secure password manager.

 

By: Natasha Morgan

I was having difficulty deciphering my writing on the sheet of paper where all my passwords were kept. So, I knew it was time to clean it up. There were passwords for sites that I no longer visited and new passwords scratched over ones that I had changed. I had upper case letters on entire passwords where I knew they should have been lower case. The worst security breach was that I re-used the same password over and over again. It’s no wonder I had to change passwords often; I couldn’t keep track of them.

A few days after I finished typing my neatly listed passwords, I ran across a FREE password manager called Dashlane. It was another example of “Murphy’s Law”.

I was skeptical at first as it sounded too good to be true. How secure can it be if I have to surrender my passwords to this company? Well, as I found out, not even Dashlane has the key to my encrypted data. Once you download the program, your data resides on your computer and only you can access it.

This technology is called  AES-256 and is the world’s standard in security. Governments and banks use it and it has never been broken.

The auto-fill forms are also a real time saver. When you visit a site that requires you to enter data, Dashlane auto-fills every field in every from on any device.

Another neat feature is eWallet. It securely saves all payment types i.e. credit cards, debit cards, PayPal. So you never have to save secure information on a merchant’s website.

Just think how easy it would be to go online shopping or check your bank balance!

Having been reassured about the security aspects, I downloaded the program which took all of 3 seconds. They’ve made even that step easy. There are examples that demonstrate how the program works. So, you don’t ever get confused.

I chose Dashlane because it was the first one I found and I liked everything about it. However, there are other companies that offer secure digital memory. You might want to investigate them, before making any decisions:

Passwordbox

Lastpass

1password

KeePass

Roboform

If you’re like most of us with passwords scattered everywhere, get yourself a secure password manager. Stop trying to memorize eight digit passwords made up of numbers, symbols and upper/lower case letters. Save time on the auto-fill forms and if you’re an online shopper, use the eWallet to make secure payments for your purchases.

Watch this short video where New York Times technology columnist David Pogue speaks to the “CBS This Morning” about password managers.

Photo: Lee J Haywood