Last week I gave some tips on methods to create a strong password, however these may not be suitable if you have a large number of passwords to manage. In this scenario making use of a Password Manager may be appropriate.

Best practice would be to have a different and complex password for everything (such as a website) that you would log into. However, very quickly this becomes impossible to manage without breaking some Cardinal sin such as writing passwords down or re-using a given password.

A Password Manager is software that you install on your computer or mobile device that acts like a vault for all of your passwords. Often secured using a single “Master” password the idea is that you can securely store and use any number of passwords without the headaches. There are many to choose from, I’d recommend trying a few out to see which one works best for you.

Some Password Managers offer time-saving functionality such as auto-filling your details into website forms, auto-entering login details on websites, automatic complex password generation and syncing of changes across all your devices.

After a little effort the benefits become obvious. These days I honestly don’t know the majority of my passwords, but that’s the point, I don’t need to.