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Password Manager Reviews

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Password Managers are software that store all your passwords and automatically fill form fields for you. By using a password manager, you can create one really strong password, and then let the software automatically generate super strong random passwords for all the other sites.

There are dozens of commercial and open source password managers. Our goal is to review a new password manager every two weeks.

In general a password manager should provide a means to store a website name, notes, username and password. It should store it in an encrypted form in a stated specific place. If it stores information in multiple places, you should know where and how it is being stored. If it is being stored on a website, your one master password should not be stored with it. You should be the only one who knows the password. The site does not need to keep your password. They can simply keep the encrypted data. This forces the attacker to perform brute force attacks.

Password managers should offer a form of multi-factor authentication. This ensures that to get the passwords, the user must both know something and have something.

Because online password manager sites are the holy grail of hackers, we do not recommend storing online banking and investment account user names and passwords with them. Remember you passwords are only as secure as your one password. If you one password is compromised by a keystroke logger, the criminals will have all your passwords.

Do you have a favorite password manager you recommend, please leave a comment. We will put it on our review list.

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