Should I use a password manager?

Michael Stuckey, Development & Education Specialist at Infomedia, discusses why you should use a password manager. Your passwords protect lots of personal information, and that’s why it’s important for you to use secure passwords. But sometimes it’s hard to keep up with passwords, and that’s where a password manager comes in — it takes the burden off your brain.

You can think of your password manager as “insurance” for your passwords. Using unique passwords is more secure than using the same password for every account. A password manager takes out the guesswork, saving you time, and more importantly, protecting you from the hassle of recovering lost or stolen information. Setting up a password manager is a proactive way to stop the problem before it starts.

All of this may sound overwhelming, but it’s not as complicated as it seems. You don’t have to spend heaps of time entering all of your passwords into your password manager. Instead, start with entering one password, and save additional passwords as you log in to more of your accounts online. If you’re using the same password for every account, we recommend taking a few minutes to change your passwords. It may seem like a chore, but having unique passwords will protect you in the long run.

So where do you start? We recommend 1Password. This password manager has options for both personal and business use, and it won’t break the bank. 1Password costs 2.99 per month for personal use for one user, and2.99permonthforpersonaluseforoneuser,and4.99 per month for a family of five. You can try 1Password for free for 14 days. Here’s to safe, secure and unguessable passwords right at your fingertips.

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About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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