Thursday, September 8, 2022

How To Find Your Passwords (And Never Need To Panic Reset Them Again)


There are two types of people…which one are you?

  1. The frustrated, constant updater: You find yourself having to constantly click on “Forgot My Password” and verify your account, check your texts, scan a finger (give a pint of blood…maybe not that one) so you can reset your password. And it’s probably a brand-new one because you can’t use one you’ve used before, so this situation will happen again and again and again.
  2. The weary optimist: You use the same password for every site, even though you know you shouldn’t because you’re tired of dealing with the above situation. This makes it SUPER-easy for hackers because chances are your password is available for sale on the dark web right now. But…you HOPE this doesn’t happen to you or you think you’re too small to worry about this because they only care about the “big fish.”

 If you’re Person Type 1, it’s annoying, time-consuming and frustrating.

If you’re Person Type 2, it’s only a matter of time before you’re hacked, and it doesn’t end with you but can affect any business computers you use that lead to access of client, customer or patient records, and the results can be a total disaster.

But there’s a simple solution. A password manager.

A password manager is like a digital vault. Your passwords, addresses, payment info and logins are encrypted in the software. You will have one master password you use to “unlock the vault.” If the password manager gets breached, your data is not at stake because your master password is either stored on a server and encrypted or it’s stored locally on your computer.

What’s the difference between using a password manager and one that’s included on your web browser, such as storing that information in Chrome or Safari? The biggest difference is that browser storage cannot be shared with others. For those who work in an office and need to collaborate with teammates, most password managers let you encrypt the data to pass along if someone else needs to access a site. If you have data stored on your browser and then, for instance, decide to make a purchase through the Instagram app, that credit card data will not pass through since it’s outside the browser. 

 Many have both free and paid versions, and they each have some pros and cons. Here’s a quick breakdown of the top four as ranked by’s latest evaluation (link: ConsumerVoice.Org/top-password-managers )

 Keeper – our top recommendation and Winner of PC Mag’s Best Of The Year for 2021. For $2.49/month, you get unlimited password storage on unlimited devices, with sync features. This software also allows for fingerprint and face ID logins, so there is one fewer password to remember. Families can use it for $5.00/month and share streaming and WiFi passwords too. And, if you need business or enterprise class centralized password management set up a call with one of our security specialists for more details HERE.

 1Password – Just like Keeper, this software offers a free Chrome extension so it can autofill on sites without you having to do anything. It works on Edge and Brave as well. While there is no free version, however, you can try free first for 14 days. Their family version is normally $4.99/month. One neat feature is to go into travel mode, so you can pull sensitive data from your device before you travel and then restore it once you’re back home, with just one click.

 RoboForm – Like the others, RoboForm offers ease of use, robust features, multi-platform support, and robust security. There are both personal (including a limited “free” version) and business versions available.  The business version offers a 14-day free trial for up to 30 users. Pricing, unfortunately is not clearly published on the site, and takes some time to find.  

 NordPass – A well rounded offering in the password management stable, NordPass has comparable features to the other top contenders. Pricing options for personal and family plans starting at free up to $4.99/month and a full 30 day free trial offer for NordPass Business class.

 If you would like to set up a password manager for your business, please connect with us to set up a call to discuss your needs by clicking HERE or by calling us at (413) 786-9675.

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