Password Managers (part 2)

Password Managers (part 2) last month I wrote about password managers. (Woopi News November 2022). This month we continue with how to set them up and what options are there out there and which ones do I recommend.

So what is a password manager? In brief it is an app that managers your passwords for you & store them safely.

Password manager set-up, below are the key steps in setting up a password manager:

Decide which devices you want to use your password manager on. Is it going to be your phone? If so, does anybody else know your access code? What about shared home devices, such as tablets and smart TVs? Will you use your password manager on the work computer? These are some of the most important questions to ask yourself before setting up your vault.

Install your chosen password manager. There are plenty of free and paid versions to choose from for example (KeePass, BITWARDEN, RoboForm, LastPass, 1Password) You should check what features are available on the free version (if any) and whether the added perks justify the price. Afterward, make sure it supports your OS and browser.

Create a secure master password. Even if your selected password manager allows master password recovery, you should still choose one that’s memorable but hard to guess.

Enable two-factor authentication. Adding it to the mix will greatly improve your password security. While the second factor can be your smartphone or using biometrics. Depending on your device, it can be either a fingerprint or also a face scan.

Start entering passwords. Before you get used to your new password manager and while you still cannot remember your master password that well, you may want to enter less important passwords first.

Consider adding other data. The majority of password managers let you save not only logins but also credit card details and secure notes. If you’re doing a lot of online shopping, having the payment info in autofill can save quite some time.

Share your logins. Sooner or later, somebody will ask you for your Netflix account. Copy-pasting the username and password is not the best idea, so that’s why your password manager allows you to share logins with others (or at least some do). Some services even allow you to create folders where you store the least-sensitive and often-shared passwords.

For more info on recommended password managers and how to set them up give me call or drop in at the office.

Wayne – Geek Monkey Computers Woolgoolga 0490 776 643