What Exactly Is A Password Manager?

what is a password manager?

Whilst there is no doubting that the internet is a wonderful tool, it can often seem to be quite overwhelming too.

If you are anything like me then you may well use your computer for a huge range of tasks each day, ranging from communication to shopping, blogging to banking and much else besides.

Many of the tasks that we perform online require us to register for accounts.

How do you keep up with all of those accounts and the different passwords that you use for each? (You do use a seperate password for everything you do online, right?)

Hopefully it goes without saying that you should never write your passwords down on scraps of paper or in your personal diary as there is a very good chance that someone else will read them.

Neither should you save them somewhere on your computer as that is likely to be just as unsafe.

So how do you safely save your passwords?

what is a password manager?

what is a password manager?

Password Managers

One answer to the question I just posed is to use a password manager.

A password manager is actually a program which allows you to save all your passwords and pins with minimal risk of them being stolen.

You could term a password manager as a safe and secured database where you can save your encrypted password data.

Personally, I have used password manager programs to a great extent in the past.

I have a shockingly bad memory and such programs allow me to forget all my passwords with ease!

All I have to remember is the master password for the password manager program itself.

Any password manager can handle confidential data, such as website or email passwords, credit or debit card PIN numbers, banking codes, software access programs and even computer login passwords.

There are different sorts of password mangers that you can make use of which include desktop programs, portable programs and web-based programs.

All these programs serve the same purpose, but the way of using them is different.

You can go with the option that best suits your comfort levels.

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(Roboform, above, is one example of a password manager you could use)

Some password managers can also act as form fillers too.

So once you enter your information into the program, one single click will automatically fill the complete form.

So, if you are an avid Internet user, look for a password manager which can be used as form filler too.

Of course you need to do some research before putting all your private data into a password manager – as with most things on the internet there are rogues out there who would steal your information.

You may also need to ensure that your password manager of choice is compatible with the web browser that you use.

Do you use a password manager and, if so, which would you recommend?

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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