Do You Use a Password Manager?

If there’s one major problem with web apps, it’s that most of them require you to create an account. It’s gotten somewhat easier in recent years as more sites let you login with your Google, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. Still, even remembering unique and secure passwords for a dozen major web apps can be daunting at best. Throw in your banking accounts and other more sensitive data, and it’s impossible.

It’d be easy enough to just stick with a short password you can easily remember, and use it on all of your accounts. That’s simple enough, until one of your accounts gets hacked and your password is stolen or released to the world. Recent security breaches at Sony and other major sites have released millions of users’ passwords into the world. Worse still, researchers have found that most of the passwords were wildly insecure, and password was one of the most common passwords!

The best solution to this is to use a password manager, so you can remember one strong password, and then generate strong passwords saved in the manager so you won’t have to remember them all. 1Password is a great app for this, and is currently featured on our AppStorm Freelance bundle. It runs on Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android, and even has a web view so you can save your passwords securely to your hosting service or Dropbox and view them anywhere. LastPass is a popular web app password manager, and it runs on almost anything you can imagine. It can even work with a YubiKey to make your main password even more secure.

So we’d like to know what you use to keep up with your passwords. If we didn’t include your favorite app, please let us know in the comments!

Then, of course, you have to remember: even the best security is only so secure!


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  • How’d you forget KeePass?

    • I only wanted to comment to mention keepass, and of course save the db file in dropbox folder

  • Vote: Password Pad

  • Love the xkcd you added!

  • I’ve been using KeePass both on my PC and smartphone for years (I even actively maintained its Slovak localization back then) It’s open-source and reliable. I still don’t quite trust the online password managers for all my passwords.

  • That was funny xkcd, I loved it, but I don’t really use any password manager, all is in my head.

    • totally agree but why a 5$ wrench why not just be a regular wrench???????? wierd. = &

  • I’ve been using Hosted Notes and really like it. I also use it to store my clients passwords as well. http://hostednotes.com

  • I use http://www.webmastermgr.com, it’s perfect for teams and if you’re managing passwords for different projects.

  • Roboform. And now with Mac version, so it’s for any OS!

  • 1Password is amazing. Let’s hope we see some iCloud integration within it, but of the secure variety.

  • Is it safe to keep passwords in Firefox password managar? (I’m one of these)

  • I use keepass and think its great because i can use a key file to lock it as well as a password and a windows account if i feel like it. keepass.info

  • Keepass, keepass, keepass.
    I absolutely do not trust passwords hosted by a 3rd party, from a risk management perspective:
    – What happens if/when the hosting company goes under? We would like to think the best of people, but if airline companies (which are regulated) can leave their passengers stranded at their destination sites, what limitations do web companies have?
    – What jurisdiction does the government have on obtaining those passwords? What if it’s hosted outside of the country?

  • I just use mybrain or in some case paper and pen .. I don’t want to loose anything because of this crap called password manager :)