A password manager is a software-based tool that helps users manage passwords, pin codes, and other authentication methods. The user selects a very strong password to serve as a master key to decrypt the passwords stored in the password manager. The password manager typically takes care of everything else, including generating strong passwords for individual applications and services and organizing generated passwords.
Popular password managers include KeePass (a local password manager stored on the user’s computer or portable storage device) and LastPass (a cloud-based password service that syncs and encrypted copy of your password list across devices). Common features of many password managers include automatic fill-in (where the application automatically enters logins and passwords for you), the ability to attach notes and reminders to individual logins and sites, and tools for testing the strength of your individual passwords.
For more information about password managers and how to successfully employ them on your own system, check out the following How-To Geek articles:
- The How-To Geek Guide to Getting Started with LastPass
- How to Make LastPass Even More Secure with Google Authenticator
- Securely Store Your Passwords with KeePass
- How To Import Your Saved Browser Passwords Into KeePass
- Ask How-To Geek: What’s Wrong With Writing Down Your Password?
- How To Recover After Your Email Password Is Compromised
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 01/27/13