Why use a password manager?

Why use a password manager?

Why use a password manager? 150 150 Tony Davidson

In my last newsletter (the importance of MFA on your e-mail account), I covered the importance of MFA protection of your e-mail account.  But what about your other accounts?

I favour two approaches for other accounts.

  1. MFA if available, and implemented well and not too intrusive; and
  2. Loooong passwords with a password manager

In a lot of cases option 2 is easier to implement and has no downsides if used with a reliable password manager such as Lastpass.

I personally use and recommend Lastpass in particular, as they have recently upgraded the free account to be accessible on all devices. Meaning a secure password on your computer is also accessible on your phone.

What do I mean by a long password?

Ideally 43 characters. Very very long but with a password manager what does it matter as you will never have to type it. And Lastpass will even help you generate the password.

(Without going into detail, more than 43 characters will not help in most circumstances and as can be seen below there is definitely no need to go further.)

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Using a password checking program gave this result for this password:

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Note that I cannot stress enough that it is crucial that your Lastpass account has a secure password that is easy to remember, and that further you have MFA enabled.

CyberX is always happy to help you setup Lastpass or give other security advice, or more detailed information on this article. Please contact us for further assistance.

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