What is Password Management and should you be using it?
Password Managers are a software application that holds a user’s passwords. This is usually used to keep passwords organized since there is a lot of sites and applications that you need to make an account for. As we know, it is not safe to use the same exact password for each account you have, which is where password managers can help you in case you can’t remember which password was used for which account. These password management applications are encrypted which means there is a password of all passwords to access all the passwords.
It’s obviously very hard to remember the uniquely 8–16 character password for the millions of different accounts you have. The only way to remember is to use a password manager, input all your passwords and update it every now and then.
One of most favourite advantages of using a password manager is Automatic Form Filling. So it’s almost summertime and you want to find that super cool job, which means you apply to at least 30 jobs hoping one gets back to you. This also means you’ve made lots of accounts in job portal sites to apply for the job, which leads us to filling forms in automatically. Most password managers auto-fill your personal data into applications, such as your full name, email address, phone number, etc.
I know it’s life saving, right?
Personally, I use two different Password Management systems: Google Smart Lock and Apple’s KeyChain. I do use a Macbook so using KeyChain was by default and I wouldn’t change to another password manager for system and network password management because of the flexibility and ease of use from it. KeyChain generates and stores all passwords from website data to wireless networks. Since I use an iPhone and an iPad, I find the integration from device-to-device seamless and very efficient. Whenever I need to look up passwords from specific websites or Wi-Fi networks, I easily type in the password lock for my Macbook and it reveals all the passwords, organized from Kind and Date Modified in alpha order.
Google’s Smart Lock system is also a very easy-to-use and smooth password management application. As a Chrome user and former Android device user, the enhancements provided from Smart Lock is very useful when using apps and web browsing. I use Google Chrome very often for web browsing, whether it be on my laptop, phone or iPad device. This is when Smart Lock comes in clutch as it saves all my website and app passwords automatically, so whatever device I sign into with my Google email, my passwords also sync. This is particularly useful when you hold many web hosting accounts for clients and need it for future use when editing elements, etc. The advantage with both these password managers is that you have the option of choosing which websites, apps and networks you want and don’t want to save data for.
Hope this article helped you understand password management and encourages you to use a password manager from now on.