Why it’s time to start using a password manager
It’s holiday shopping season, and it’s time for me to nag you about security. You’ll likely be shopping online a lot in the coming weeks, and many of the sites you visit will require passwords. None of us have solid-state memory inside of our heads (yet), so it’s easy to be sloppy with passwords. Don’t. Seriously. People get hacked all the time, and it’s a major pain in the butt.
Some simple advice: Use a password manager.
Password managers are applications that store all of your passwords in encrypted spaces. If, for example, you store a username and password for your bank, the manager automatically fills in the appropriate fields when you visit your banking site. Password managers can also generate passwords, fill out forms and share passwords across multiple devices.