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Password Managers: Home

Welcome!

Password window on a computer screenEver heard the phrase "treat your passwords like your toothbrush"? Don't reuse them, don't share them, and change them every three to six months. Maintaining good password security can feel very involved and overwhelming, but it is an essential part of ensuring digital security (Auburn University, n. d.)

If you've found yourself frustrated by having to memorize too many passwords, or you worry about your digital privacy and security, you might be the perfect candidate for trying out a password manager. There are pros and cons to this technology, and numerous password managers to pick from.

This guide covers the basics, compares two of the most popular password managers, LastPass and 1Password, and offers a starting point for further research into the topic.

LastPass and 1Password

For this guide, we have chosen to highlight LastPass and 1Password. Andrew Cunningham, a writer for Wirecutter, tested and reviewed four password managers. He named 1Password as Wirecutter's pick for Best Password Manager and LastPass as Wirecutter's budget pick (Cunningham, 2019). 

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The Value of Password Managers

A password manager helps protect your personal information by generating and storing a different password for each of your online accounts (Chaikivsky, 2017). With a password manager, you only use one password, a master password. 

Passwords are difficult for anyone to remember. With the increasing use of technology by all demographics, there will be more passwords to remember. Password managers are valuable for all people, but especially those with memory issues (Gallagher, 2019). Password managers are also valuable because they provide an extra layer of security for private information (Gallagher, 2019). They protect against identity theft.