Posted on 07 Sep 2020
Did you know that 80% of breaches are caused by a weak or stolen password? Something as simple as a string of characters can either protect or weaken your accounts and data – this is why they’re extremely important.
With cybercrime on the rise, the threat of being hacked has never been higher. We recommend you have complex passwords that are hard to guess and hard to crack, but we understand, we’re all human. A random list of letters, numbers and special characters are impossible to remember, especially when there is a uniquely mind-scrambling password for everything you use.
This is where a password manager can make your passwords secure, strong and also simple.
There’s a wide variety of password managers on the market. At Impact Computing, we use LastPass, and storing your sensitive information has never been easier. Here’s how a password manager can help you:
Saving your password
With a password manager, you’ll never have to rely on resetting your password every time you access an account (and then promptly forget it). You can either add your passwords manually, or you’ll be prompted to add them to your password manager when you log into a website for the first time.
Sometimes, a group of people need access to the same website. For instance, the sales team will find it handy having access to all the vendor passwords. Rather than having to spend time creating an individual account for every person whoever needs it, these passwords can be stored in a shared folder.
In this shared folder, only those granted access will be able to see those passwords. That means that in the example of the sales team, only they will be able to see those passwords unless they want someone else having access to them, such as admin.
Adding or moving passwords to a shared folder is easy. By simply changing the ‘folder’ they are in, you can move passwords between people and folders. A warning will appear when this happens, ensuring that you’re certain you want to move that password.
Occasionally when accessing a website, you will be prompted to change your password. In order to remain secure, most websites will ask you to do this every 60 days. However, you no longer need to worry about having to come up with a new password, as a password manager can autogenerate a strong, secure password that is borderline uncrackable. When you update your password on the website, it will also prompt you to update the password within your vault. This saves having to manually edit this information and ensures that this information is always up-to-date – something that is vital, especially when updating shared passwords.
Security is something we highly value at Impact Computing. This is why the password strength feature is one of our favourites – beneath every password you use, there’s a bar below it signifying its strength. Green means it’s strong, orange means it could be improved and red means it’s weak. This is a brilliant feature as it notifies the user of when they need to change their password to remain more secure.
With a password manager, the days of clicking ‘Forgot Password’ are just a distant memory. Instead, you only know need to remember the one master password to give you access to your password manager. Easy, right?
Coupled with multi-factor authentication your accounts and your data will never have been safer.
Invest in a password manager. Stay secure. Protect your data.
Impact Computing can help put in a password manager in place for your business and teams, for more information call us on 01772 684282.