Until the members of the Ubuntu forums had their personal detail (including passwords) raided I had one password for virtually all sites. After the raid it was a tedious exercise setting new and different passwords for all sites. It was even more tedious looking up passwords in a little black book when logging in (especially on those sites where I have two accounts). I started looking at password managers of which there are quite a few.
The one I am using currently is here (also on at least Firefox and Chrome/Chromium as an extension which makes it easier for downloading). Also (apparently) available for Windows.
Lastpass is cloud based (so it can be accessed by different computers and devices).
It is free and has an editor´s rating of 5 stars from CNET.
The owners claim that it is very secure but just to be on the safe side I keep my bank details out of it.
My Linux operating system requires passwords for accessing the system and as Lastpass seems to work only on websites, I also use KeePassX where the passwords are retained on your own system. It seems to be available for Windows as well.
I omitted an obvious solution in the previous *discussion* and that is that most browsers have a built-in password manager. I was under the impression that the passwords are stored in the cache (and gone when you clean that) but on Chromium at least they are not. In any event the cloud solution is helpful when you use multiple devices to access sites.
What you should consider when choosing a password manager
Oct 13, 2014 3:11 PM e-mail print
Many security experts feel that passwords are no longer sufficient to keep online accounts safe from hackers, but we’re still a long way from widespread adoption of biometrics and alternative methods of authentication.
Most of us are stuck with using passwords as the primary keys to our online lives, so we should at least strive to follow best security practices when it comes to managing them. This includes using long and complex passwords or phrases that can withstand brute-force attacks, using separate passwords for every online account and changing those passwords periodically.
The thought of doing all that can be intimidating, but fortunately there’s an entire class of programs called password managers that can automate most of the process. Password management implementations vary, from the rudimentary password-storing features in most browsers to specialized products that synchronize the saved passwords across different devices and automatically fill log-in forms as needed.
The fact that I am considered an adult is both terrifying and hillarious