Nearly every website you visit, from dating apps to hyper-secure banking sites, insists you create a user account and think up a password. The problem? Human memory can’t keep up with dozens upon dozens of passwords. Some people get the bright idea to use the simplest possible password, like “123456789” or “password.” Others memorize one superbly random password and use it for everything. Either strategy is likely to make you the latest victim of identity theft.
This is the reason why we all need a password manager. But what does a password manager really do?
A password manager is essentially an encrypted digital vault that stores secure password login information you use to access apps and accounts on your mobile device, websites and other services. In addition to keeping your identity, credentials and sensitive data safe, the best password managers also have a password generator to create strong, unique passwords and ensure you aren’t using the same password in multiple places (password generation really comes in clutch when you can’t come up with yet another unique password on the fly for the latest must-have iOS app). With all the recent news of security breaches and identity theft, having a unique password for each location can go a long way to ensuring that if one site gets hacked, your stolen password can’t be used on other sites. You’re basically using multiple passwords to create your own security features.
There are a lot of online password managers, which have excellent features and are easy to use.
But one of the biggest concerns I have about using them is that my passwords are still stored on some external server which I do not control. If that server gets hacked, which is so common these days, then my passwords get leaked.
That’s why I use KeePass
. It’s an open-source offline password manager that helps me keep track of all my passwords in one single database file, which is protected by a master password/passphrase
. I then store this database file on either Google Drive
or Microsoft OneDrive
. It’s an easy way to
I recently created a YouTube video on How to use KeePass, especially for my wife as she always uses Forgot Password? feature to log in.