By Alan Graner
In Your online passwords suck! http://dsprel.wpengine.com/your-online-passwords-suck/ we examined the difficulties of creating unbreakable passwords for each of your online accounts.
Here are some easier solutions.
Typically, password managers are browser plug-ins or software that let you store and organize passwords. Usually the stored passwords are encrypted. The password manager than asks you to create one strong master password that grants access to your password database. So instead of memorizing 20 or 50 or 250 different passwords, you only have to remember the one.
Windows password manager software
Online Password Managers
Password manager apps for smartphones
- Quick Password Manager
- Strip Life
- Password Manager Secret Server
- Secrets for Android
Source: Free Password Managers
As you’d expect, password managers with annual fees offer more features, although not all of them offer the same features, which may include:
- 2-factor authentication
- Automatic password capture/replay
- Multiple form-filling identities
- Actionable password strength report
- Import from browsers/competitors
According to PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp the top five paid password managers are:
- Dashlane 3
- LastPass 3.0 Premium
- Sticky Password Premium
- RoboForm Everywhere 7
- Intuitive Password
No passwords required
Passwords are the weakest links in the security chain. (They’re also aggravating.) The obvious solution to strengthen security: eliminate passwords!
There are technologies currently on the market (or coming soon) that do exactly that. Among them are:
- Ping identity. When you login, a one-time token is sent to your smartphone. You just tap or swipe the token to authenticate.
- Biometrics. Uses a fingerprint, iris scan or the vein patterns in your hand to authenticate.
- Password pill. You swallow an electronic “pill” that sends a signal through your skin.
- Voice recognition. The system generates a text you must speak aloud to authenticate.
- Brainwave authentication. Think your password and you’re logged in.
For the pros and cons of each, read Beyond the Password: Cutting-Edge Tech Aimed at Replacing Security’s Weakest Link
Alan Graner is Chief Creative Officer at Daly-Swartz Public Relations, an Orange County, CA business marketing content and distribution firm. For content that makes you stick out from the crowd, email Jeffrey Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.dsprel.com.