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Password manager software strengthens the effectiveness of your website passwords by remembering and encrypting them. It has become a necessary tool for computer users anywhere — after all, only passwords stand between cybercriminals and your most sensitive data. However, not enough people are using them properly.
In a recent report, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) pointed out that stronger passwords are a critical defense against increasingly sophisticated hackers — weak passwords are the No. 1 security mistake among users, the report notes. Picking a weak password, it says, is "like closing your front door but not locking it." This behavior heightens the risk of your financial and personal information getting into the wrong hands, and CERT points out that password management is one of the most effective ways to keep track of even the most complex passwords.
Long, unpredictable passwords that use numbers and symbols offer the best security protection. However, remembering them all is nearly impossible, which is why a password manager comes in handy. Password management software can also create effective passwords that are unique and hack-proof. At the end of the day, the only password you need to remember is for the software itself.
Different management tools offer an array of features to help meet various security needs:
Here are some useful tips on choosing the right password management software for you:
No matter which type of password management software you choose, you should avoid accessing it on public networks, because your data can still be captured at any time. When used daily, password managers are a convenient solution that can help secure your most private and sensitive information on the Internet.
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