The importance of a password manager

Security researcher Troy Hunt recently discovered and revealed what is perhaps the largest cache of stolen emails and passwords in hacking history. Bundled together in a collection ominously called “Collection #1” are some 773 million emails, 21 million passwords, and over one billion unique combinations of the two, an 87 GB package of stolen credentials. The source of the data, or multiple sources, isn’t immediately evident.

Password Managers offer a simple service: they will store all your pesky passwords (and help you generate new ones if need be) and then issue them out to whatever service you’re logging into through the use of browser add-ons and apps. They’re much like the password tools already built into your browser itself—the ones that ask you if you want to save your password for this site so you don’t have it enter it again.

Each of your online accounts should have a UNIQUE password.

However, remembering these passwords, particularly if you create hard-to-crack ones, can be nearly impossible.

“The only secure password is the one you cannot remember” – Troy Hunt

The solution is to use a secure Password Manager. These can generate strong passwords and store them in an encrypted vault. Many Password Managers have a free version and these are well worth trying.

Here are some review sites showcasing the best password managers:
https://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/the-best-password-manager-1325845
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-password-managers,review-3785.html
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/300318/the-best-password-managers