Password Manager and How to Get Started
BackgroundDolapo is at Nasir’s office, giving them a talk about password safety. Many of Nasir’s co-workers have admitted either forgetting their passwords or even having their accounts hacked. So Dolapo is telling them about Password Managers.
Most times we need to create strong unique and memorable passwords for all the website we visit but it is quite difficult to remember all passwords to every website you signed up to. To solve this problem of remembering you can use a password manager to save all your passwords in a secured encrypted manner.
Password managers store your login information for all the websites you use and help you log into them automatically. They encrypt your password database with a master password – the master password is the only one you have to remember.
Don’t Reuse Passwords!
Password reuse is a serious problem because of the many password leaks that occur each year, even on large websites. When your password leaks, malicious individuals have an email address, username, and password combination they can try on other websites. If someone gains access to your email account in this way, they could use password-reset links to access other websites, like your online banking or PayPal account.
What Using a Password Manager is Like
A password manager will take a load off your mind, freeing up brain power for doing productive things rather than remembering a long list of passwords.
When you use a password manager and need to log into a website, you will first visit that website normally. Instead of typing your password into the website, you type your master password into the password manager, which automatically fills the appropriate login information into the website. (If you’re already logged into your password manager, it will automatically fill the data for you).
Password Managers to Use
A variety of password managers are available, but three stand out as the best options. Each is a solid option, and which you prefer will depend on what’s more important to you:
Getting Started with Your Password Manager
The first big decision you will need to make with a password manager is choosing your master password.
After installing a password manager, you will likely want to start changing your website passwords to more secure ones.
Password managers can even help against phishing, as they fill account information into websites based on their web address (URL).
DEMO: How to Install and use Lastpass
If you haven’t already, create your LastPass account here. This account will give you access to your data anywhere you can log into LastPass since your stored data is securely synced to our servers. So downloading the plugin/app to a new browser/OS/device allows you to easily access everything in your one LastPass account.
Begin by visiting the downloads page where LastPass will recommend the appropriate installer for you. Click ‘Download’ to download LastPass full installer, or you cal click on any of the tabs to specify the product you wish to download and install. All of LastPass’ products can be found here.
After downloading the recommended installer, a menu will present you with the following dialog screen:
Click ‘Install LastPass’ to begin installation. If needed, you can alter your installation by clicking ‘Advanced Options’. This provides you with the options below:
At the end of the installation process, you will be asked if you would like to import any passwords located on your computer. Select ‘Import’ to import the items listed. If you would rather do this later, click ‘No Thanks’. To import later, please see our Import page.
Once successfully installed, you will see a LastPass icon in your browser toolbar.
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