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Keeping Track of Passwords: Why use a password manager

Posted by William Prohn, CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC

Jan 10, 2014 4:41:14 PM

Until the issues surrounding biometric recognition are fully remedied, passwords will remain as the preeminent access control measure. But, with that being said, the process of creating and storing strong passwords does not need to be laborious. You see, the evolution of password managers has made it so that individuals can effectively manage an abundance of passwords, and they can do so by only having to remember a single, strong password. Now, you may ask yourself – what exactly is a password manager? Simply put, think of a password manager as a state of the art vault, and within that vault, you store all of your passwords.

The greatest benefit of utilizing such an approach is that you can use the password management system to create extremely strong passwords for all of your accounts. For  example, as you can see in the screen shot, most password managers’ provide users with a random password generator. Using the random password generator, users can then create a unique, near uncrackable password for each of their respective password protected accounts. Furthermore, most password generators are customizable, thereby ensuring that your new password is in compliance with oft varying password requirements. As such, if you need a password that is 15 characters in length, that includes 2 digits and a special character, the random generator can accommodate such a request.

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Topics: Information Security, strong password, e-mail security, password strength, password management, password management programs, strong passwords, secure passwords

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