We all have a lot of passwords. From bank logins to school accounts to random apps you downloaded once, it can be hard to keep track of so many accounts. And it can be easy to get into the bad habit of reusing passwords. That's where a password manager comes in.

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What is a Password Manager?

A password manager is an application that helps you better manage your accounts and passwords by storing and retrieving your login credentials for you.

When you use a password manager, you only need to remember one password. When you log in to your account, it unlocks your encrypted vault, and grants you access to your stored accounts and passwords.

A Password Manager Can...

  • Store your account usernames and passwords in a safe and encrypted place.

  • Autofill login information when you visit sites with accounts stored in your password manager.

  • Automatically update passwords when you change them.

  • Alert you of passwords that are being used for multiple accounts.

  • Generate unique and strong passwords for you so password reuse is eliminated or limited.

  • Store other sensitive information like notes.

Protect Your Master Password

Your passwords are only as good as the master password you use to access them. To protect your password manager login credentials, there are a few key steps you can take.

  • Use a 20+ character passphrase.

  • Your passphrase should have no information included that is publicly available or be easily guessed from your social accounts.

  • Turn on multi-factor authentication on your password manager account.

  • If you need to write your passphrase down until you memorize it, write it on paper and store it in a secure physical location. Don't save your password manager credentials on a computer or your phone.

Sign Me Up!

Which password manager you choose to use is a personal preference, but the following applications are safe, secure and easy to set up.

1Password: Try it free, then $2.99/month for individuals.
LastPass: Free basic account, $3/month premium personal account.
NordPass: Free limited account, $2.99/month premium personal account.

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