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IT Security FAQ 3: What password-managers are good? Why should you use one?

March 2, 2016

People tend to use the same password on many sites because it’s hard to remember multiple passwords in your head for every service you are using online. The problem is, that if someone hacks one of the services you are using and gain access to your password, the hacker would also be able to hack all of your other accounts if you use the same password everywhere. How to prevent this while also keeping track of your passwords? Use a password manager!

Comment from our expert:
”Using a password manager is definitely a good idea. There are really two types of services out there – either web based passwords installers or local programs that you download directly to your computer. Personally, I feel that the local version is the better way to go, because then you are not leaving your passwords anywhere in the cloud for someone to hack,” says Johan Edholm at Detectify.

”There are also versions where the browser automatically remembers your passwords and fill them in for you when you are accessing a page. But these could also be easy to hack, so I don’t recommend using this function, no matter how convenient it might feel.”

”I recommend either KeePass or Password Safe (only available for Windows but often said to be the most secure password manager in the world). When you download the password manager on your computer, it creates a kind of vault that keeps track of all of your passwords. You use one master password to access your password manager and then manually copy and paste the password for the service you are about to use. Don’t forget to make a copy of the password manager on a usb or external hard drive, just in case you lose your computer,” says Johan Edholm at Detectify.

Want more IT security information? Don’t miss out on the other parts of our IT Sec FAQ series!