We live in a digital society. We watch movies, read, edit, share documents, text and video-chat online. We read our emails online as well as manage our bank accounts online using a browser right from the comforts of our home. And to do all that we all have to have a plethora of accounts with services providing the tools for us to enjoy our digital lives. The reality is that an average individual has well over 20 online accounts and has to keep these accounts safe and secure by picking good passwords and remembering them when needed.
I am sure you are no exception. There is also a very high chance that you use the builtin password manager that comes with most browsers today. The builtin password managers in IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari make the password management a lot easier by saving your login and other basic information and fill in the login and other forms automatically. But while they make our lives easier, they are not secure at all. In recent times a lot was written about chrome and its lack of security with respect to your password repository (click for more details) it maintains in its password manager. And why just talk about chrome, when none of the browsers can protect their saved passwords from prying eyes (click for more details).
Here is the bottom line – If you want to keep your passwords and other credentials secure and also create strong passwords to all your online accounts, you MUST use a good password manager that it not built in to your browser. A good password manager MUST provide tools for creating strong passwords and help replace the weak passwords in our online accounts. A good password manager MUST ensure that the password it keeps are secure. It MUST also ensure that the user can use the password manager anywhere he/she goes. There are a lot of free password managers available. I do not have anything against free services and tools, but one MUST remember that you have to pay for things in one way or another.
The key question you MUST answer before you sign up for a free service for password management is “are you really willing to depend on a free software to protect the keys to your digital world ?”.
It is time to stop using browsers to save your passwords and get a good password manager NOW !