Just last year, former U.S CIA employee, Edward Snowden informed us how we should all be using our passwords. Most people seem to feel that having a six character long password stops them from being hacked. Infact, having a sixteen character password is still useless. The real trick is how complex your actual password is.
We are told by security experts to ensure our passwords are complex to help protect us from hackers guessing our passwords and brute-forcing. Brute-forcing is an attack where a program will run through thousands of possible passwords per second and eventually picking out yours. Now if you had a password such as “123456password” although it is long and slightly hard to guess radnomly, it is too simple and a brute-force attack could crack it within hours.
So what type of passwords are we told to use? Well, a password along these lines would be your perfect bet:
gh4F@I8^s_aaegfb-$!@mL – This password is long, complicated and totally random. Perfect! But now you might be thinking, how the hell am I going to remember that to access my Facebook?
Well this is where you are encouraged by the likes of Edward Snowden to use a password manager. A password manager is a service delivered by a highly secured company/business. You will have a primary login to the site, usually backed up through mobile authentication etc. Then in your account, you will have all passwords to various sites. So, let us take a look at the top five password managing services out there!
LastPass is an incredible password manager. Very good security
and allows you to generate 50 character complex passwords.
Dashlane. Similar to LastPass with an amazing interface. If
you want a good interface and simple manager, this is perfect.
KeePassX is a flexible password manager. Not so reliable
security but a nice design and easy interface.
RoboForm holds an old interface look but works well
and includes other features besides passwords.
5. KEEPER DESKTOP
This password manager is software based and not
website based. However there is also a browser extension.