Remembering all of your passwords is hard. You would think that storing passwords in your browser seems like a convenient solution. It isn’t. That very convenience is what makes it their greatest flaw – the passwords are too easily accessed by anyone who gets on your computer.
Having worked my way up in IT to now owning a managed services provider, I’ve experienced the struggle with passwords firsthand for a very long time. When browsers first started offering this feature, it seemed like the perfect solution because, in addition to remembering the passwords for me, they would auto-populate the fields.
What’s not to love?
As it turns out, quite a lot.
Think about this for a moment, the average person has 80 to 100 passwords. Security experts tell us that every login should have a unique password, 12-16 characters long using mixed case letters, numbers, and symbols, and should never be written down anywhere. That means, that the average person is expected to remember 80 to 100 strong passwords, many of which will only be used occasionally.
Is it any wonder that people love the idea of storing their passwords in a browser?
Fortunately, there is a better option.
With phishing attacks on the rise and cybercriminals organizing specifically to steal credentials – CISA has identified Russian hackers sponsoring a specific Password Harvesting threat – it is more important than ever to securely store your passwords and I strongly recommend using a password manager. Personally, my favorite password managers are Dashlane and LastPass, but there are many to choose from. If you want to do your own research, I suggest Googling “top password managers 2020” and you’ll find articles that offer pros and cons for the most popular and secure password managers available.
And if you want some assistance in setting up a password manager, fill out the form below or give us a call for more information.
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I left big business to start Clark Computer Services in 2003; not because I had a grand vision, but because I had three young children who needed their Dad around. Knowing I had to replace my salary, I went door-to-door visiting small businesses to introduce myself and ask if they needed IT support. I heard story after story from business owners and office managers about IT companies not returning calls and emails, grumpy technicians showing up late or not at all, and systems being down for days, weeks, and in some cases…months. I realized quickly that there was a clear and pressing need for reliable, honest, and professional IT support completed pleasantly and on time.