Having strong passwords is all well and good, but remembering or typing them is a serious issue. And most people don't create good passwords, even if they think they do.
A solution to remembering a password is to use a password manager, a program that allows users to create, store, and manage complex passwords for local applications and online services.
A password manager will help you create strong passwords that are superior to what humans come up with and harder to crack. This allows you to not have to worry if it is a strong enough password as it is randomly generated and is not associated with your personal information such as birthdays or pets' names.
Remembering a unique strong password is difficult at best and near impossible if you have a lot of accounts, but a good password manager can help by storing your passwords behind one password. When you need to use a password that has been stored, you simply unlock the password manager and it will put your password into a clipboard for you to paste into the password field. Some tools will even automatically enter them for you.
Passwords can be hard to keep up with, especially with all the accounts you may have. Password managers will remind you to update your password and they will notify you if any of your passwords are potentially compromised. The tool also allows easy access to all the passwords you have so you aren't locked out of your accounts.
If you are new to the idea of using a password manager, it can be daunting to pick the right one for you and your computer system. Below are some things to consider when looking into password managers:
To set up a password manager you will need to specify a master password, one that will unlock its encrypted store of passwords. In a chicken-and-egg problem, you cannot use the password manager to store its own password and yet this needs to be the strongest password of all as it gives access to all others. So how can this problem be resolved?