One of the best ways to protect your passwords is by using a password manager. Password managers offer a more secure way to save and access your passwords while using your devices. Password managers can even integrate right into your browser and apps for ease of use.

What are password managers?

Password managers are a program either installed on your device or accessed as a service stored in the cloud. Think of them as an encrypted vault that only you have the keys🔑  to. Most password managers offer several useful features such as autofill into browsers and apps, safer password sharing, secure notes, multi-device access, password generators, secured storage, and password strength checking.

Why use password managers?

Password managers offer an easy to use, more secure way to store your passwords. It has become common practice to write passwords down on a piece of paper and leave it at your desk or to save passwords in a spreadsheet or word document and even label the file “passwords” when you save it. If a cyber criminal gains access to your device, they will search for files containing your passwords.

Password manager options

Password managers come in a variety of options and features. Some password managers function solely out of the cloud requiring an internet connection or offline access enabled. Other password managers are stored on your device and communicate with the cloud to update your passwords when you change a password, syncing it on all devices. Lastly some will save to your device and have no communication to a cloud, eliminating any password syncing among devices.

Password managers can also be found in popular web browsers like google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. So protect🔒  your passwords by using a password manager!

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