Password managers: Here's why you probably need one for your smartphone
A lot of us have spent a considerable amount of time (in anguish, of course) trying to remember one of the many passwords for our account(s). In fact, we won't be exaggerating if we add that the changes are almost too frequent to remember! It's no surprise that password managers are now a thing. Every time you click 'Remember Me' on your sign-in page, a little part of you dreads the day you might have to clear your cache and recollect the password sequence you whipped up on the spot.
Relying on Google's password manager is not a bad idea, and the concern behind letting a third-party app manage your security codes is understandable -- but we have a list of password managers that are safe for your use. But if you're still unsure if you need one, we have it covered for you in below:
What does a password manager do?
Apart from the obvious, a password manager helps in replacing passwords that are otherwise weak, or susceptible to hackers. And while several websites and tech-experts tell us not to use the same password on multiple sites, it is unthinkable to memorise every unique combination you've ever made.
But do I really need one?
Keeping in mind today's time, we're going to say -- yes! Having a password manager on your smartphone or desktop will not only ease the load of constructing a new combination but will also make sure it is in safe hands. Perhaps the only thing you'd be required to remember is your master password. Though, it is essential to carefully scrutinise your options before settling for one, as a lot of phishing apps and websites online pose as 'password managers' that end up storing your security information.
Here are a few password managers that we've picked for you:
1) Keeper Password: Apart from staying true to its name, Keeper Password has an unusual feature that scans the dark web to see if your passwords have been exposed. The app is built with 'zero-knowledge security architecture' which ensures that your passwords are only seen by you.
2) Dashlane Password Manager: If passwords are not your only worry, Dashlane has a feature that lets you store your bank details, credit card information and IDs as well. It also enables you to fill in your addresses and other crucial details with a single tap. It looks like the future is already here!
3) My Passwords: With an easy-to-read, no-fuss interface My Passwords has an in-built password generator that lets you create new combinations for your online space. It also offers a PRO version for those who want to avail its exclusive features, which includes customising your themes, viewing your password history and availing self-destruction for your old files.
4) Password Safe: If "who's going to remember the master password?" is your primary question, Password Safe lets you have a biometric log-in to ensure that you don't have to worry about remembering yet another combination. However, besides the usual, the app allows you to import-export from an Excel table and add attachments to your entries. So, if you're looking for a more customisable place for your data, we'd suggest going for Password Safe.
5) One Key: Claiming to be a safe -- and offline -- place for your passwords, One Key promises to keep your information secure with several unique features. Apart from simply storing your passwords, it allows you to block screenshots, determine password strength and store your information with powerful encryption. Besides, we love that it is ad-free!