Managing your account passwords is not a simple task, using a good password manager where to register access keys is the best choice.
One password for Facebook, the other for Twitter, an access key for Dropbox and for the mail account. Every day we are “forced” to enter dozens and dozens of passwords to make access to the various services offered by the network. But, unless you always use the same, remember them all is really hard.
Luckily for us there are programs that allow you to save the various keys that have been used during the registration process: the password manager. These software are one of the best tools on the market to protect our data from hackers and attackers. In fact, they allow you to diversify your password without fear of forgetting it. Many use the same access key for all their accounts, which is not recommended to do so because it facilitates the work of crackers that, by decrypting only a password, can freely access your personal data.
Which password Manager to choose
Password managers are divided into three large families: those built into the browser, online and desktop-based ones. Everyone has their own features and functionality, but not all of them offer the same level of protection. We start with the Password Manager integrated in the browser: Chrome and Firefox (but not only) offer the possibility to save the access keys that are used to access the mail or social networks directly in an encrypted database inside the computer. This way, every time you open the page of your mail (or any other service for which you need an access key), the user name and password field will already be filled in. Very convenient to use, the Password Manager integrated in the browser is not as safe: Some malware know perfectly where to trace the encrypted database and in a few minutes manage to have access to your accounts.
Online password managers, however, work in a slightly different way: The user can save all the access keys he wants and will be stored in the servers or in the cloud of the company that provides the service. Passwords are protected by a Master password set by the user. Desktop-based password managers have a very similar operation: After installing the software on your personal computer you will need to set up a Master password to protect all access keys. Among the three different types of password managers, those desktop based are most likely among the most secure: even if the hackers take possession of the computer, will always have to overcome the last rock, the Master password.
Probably the best password manager on the market. Dashlane 4 offers all services that a user concerned about the security of their personal data market research: 500 supported sites, two-step authentication to access the most important accounts, the ability to make secure payments with the Dashlane payments feature. But let’s go with order: Dashlane 4 has a totally revamped interface compared to the previous version, much easier to use and user-friendly. Support has been added to over 300 websites, bringing the final number to 500: In practice you can save the password of the most visited portals by users every day. In addition, you can “test” your passwords through the “Safety Level” service offered by the password Changer: If you are not satisfied with the result you can ask for help to Dashlane 4 that will automatically generate a safe and proven access key of hackers. In addition, the program will warn the user when it will use the same password on two or more websites. The program supports seven languages (including Italian) and is available for Windows, Mac, Android and IOS platforms.
It is a challenge equal to that between LastPass 4.0 and Dashlane 4 for the throne of best password manager. LastPass 4.0 has a much lower price than its more direct competitors ($12 for the Premium version) and many useful features to safeguard its data. The main feature of the program is certainly the ability to set a Master Password very effective: if some hacker tries to sneak into the servers of the company, very difficult to pass the “Security gate”. However, in the event that you are unable to create a secure password, LastPass 4.0 offers the ability to generate an access key directly within the application. To secure your account, LastPass 4.0 scans all saved access keys and notifies you which two or more times have been used. Finally, in the free version, you can synchronize passwords on a same type of device to have the ability to access your accounts even from different computers and smartphones.
If you are looking for a free and reliable password manager one of the possible choices is KeePass, open source software that allows users to save the access keys not only of online services but also of other software installed on the personal computer. Passwords are not saved on a cloud space, but directly on a local database (if you want to share the access keys online you can do it through Google Drive or Dropbox). The service does not have many features, but thanks to its open source, some users have developed plugins that allow you to enrich the program with other services such as a tool to know the security and robustness of your password.
Sticky Password is another all-in-one password manager that offers many features, including AES-256 technology to encrypt access keys and secure our personal data. It also allows you to synchronize passwords between all the user’s devices so that you can enter at any time in your email or in your Facebook account. In addition, the software also analyzes password security and reports those that have been used several times. For the mobile version, to unlock the application you can set the biometric recognition through the fingerprint sensor: in this way no one can infiltrate your device to steal passwords.