TIP #3: Consider a Password Manager
Are you playing a virtual game of Russian Roulette? Most likely you are if you aren’t using a Password Manager.
These days most of us do several of the following online—communicate, shop, socialize, bank, host our websites, book vacations and business trips, store our music and digital photos, and back up massive amounts of sensitive data. Odds are you’re also one of the many who use the same [or slightly varied] password to log in to every single website, because it’s a hassle to keep track of so many individual passwords.
Here’s the problem—if you’re making it easy on yourself, you’re also making it easy on hackers. New hackers are being born every day—and it only takes one of them to turn your personal and/or businss life completely upside down.
You can protect yourself from this threat with a Password Manager.
What is a Password Manager?
A Password Manager is a brilliant application that combines the ease of a single password and tight security.
There are lots of password managers out there. Many of them good…some of them not so good. My field-tested favorite is 1Password. [Get it? One password.]
1Password is a super simple way to collect and store all your unique passwords into one encrypted place. Trust me…it’s worth the $50 price tag and the up front effort to set it up.
How Does the Password Manager Work?
Here’s how 1Password works:
- Purchase the 1Password app from the Apple Store on your Mac or PC [NOT from the 1Password website].
- Create a new account and follow their instructions to set up your master password.
- Install the proper browser extension on your Mac or PC. From now on, when you need to log in to a website, you’ll do so by clicking on the iPassword icon in the upper right of your toolbar.
- Now, download the app to your mobile device.
- Follow the instructions in the mobile app to sync with your computer [using the iCloud if you’re a Mac user].
- Open Safari on your mobile device and click on the share/forward button. From the “Add Bookmark” row, scroll over until you see the …More choice. Click on it, drag the 1Password option to the top and turn it on. From now on, when you need log in to a website, you’ll click on the Share/Forward button and click on the iPassword icon. [Many apps are even adding 1Password to their login screens making it even easier to login.]
- As you log into your online accounts, use 1Password’s Password Generator [found on the browser extension or in the mobile app] to create a new, more secure and very unique password for each account and update your account profile.
- When prompted by 1Password, save the new login.
- When you create new logins on websites, 1Password will automatically prompt you to generate a new secure password and save it in your password database.
Voila! Russian Roulette game over. Just one password and a single click.
And, there’s more good news—1Password is not just for passwords. You can store credit card information, bank accounts, all those software licenses you used to lose, and more.
Be sure and check your backup settings to make sure it’s set to automatic, so you don’t lose all those totally unique and secure passwords.
If your head is spinning with the thought of making this effort, we can assure you that having your identity stolen is likely to incapacitate you. If you’d like us to set this up for you, we’re just an email or phone call away.