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It’s Time to Protect Your Online Accounts With Password Managers
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It’s Time to Protect Your Online Accounts With Password Managers

Gone are the days when you could safely use a 6 letter word as the password for everything. I still vividly remember the password of my first email account, a Yahoo mail account, and when I look back I have never felt stupider. Back then, the 13-year-old me thought 'jesus' was the most powerful and safe password because of reasons that I cannot figure out now.

Today, most online account compels you to create a password with not just words and number, but with a character and an upper case letter, making it almost impossible to create and remember passwords. And that is exactly where password managers become helpful. They will create stronger passwords for you, remember them for you and log you in with ease. All you have to do is remember the one master password for the password manager. So here are the top password managers out there:

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LastPass

LastPass is the leader of the bunch. It is the most popular one and worked swiftly on your phone or your desktop. LastPass autofill your password on websites, as well as personal information you use to fill out forms. LastPass also has a very good password generator that creates strong passwords instantly. It also automatically audits passwords you have stored and will alert you if it finds duplicates or when it is time to change an old password. However, to sync your passwords between your phone and desktop, you'll have to use the pay-for version for $1 a month.

One thing to be noted here is that recently LastPass also fell victim to hacking and phishing attacks. Although, the speed in which the company acted and protected the user passwords was appreciable, more and more questions are being raised about the security of LastPass ever since.

Zoho Vault

If you are worried about security breaches and want something that will sync your passwords across devices for free, then Zoho Vault is the perfect option. Zoho comes from the well-known production line of Zoho Office apps. Additionally, you can attach files and documents, enable two-factor authentication and you can store unlimited passwords, unlike other services.

Zoho Vault is designed for use by both individuals and teams and other unique features such as industry best fine-grained sharing options, password request-release workflow, Office-365 and Google Apps integration. The paid subscription brings many more features such as One-time sharing with third parties, restrict access based on IP address, and password expiration alerts for a monthly subscription Rs. 60.

Dashlane

Dashlane does pretty much everything LastPass do. It creates, saves and autofill passwords and works across desktop and smartphones. Additionally, Dashlane provides a digital wallet feature that stores your bank account information for shopping purposes. The digital wallet also allows users to capture and save receipts of their purchases as well.

However, to access digital wallet or if you want to install Dashlane on multiple devices and sync your data across them, then you will l have to pay over $3 a month. your phone, your desktop, and accessible online, you'll have to pay around $3 a month to get that service.

KeePassX

KeePass is the open source option if you are someone following the footsteps of Richard Stallman. What KeePass offers is more transparency compared to other commercial services, so that you can make sure there aren't any backdoors installed. This is done by KeePassX fully disclosing its source code so that independent researchers can audit it.

On the other hand, KeePassX isn't the best when it comes to ease of use, especially compared to commercial alternatives. Users have to go through many extra steps such as uploading the encrypted password file with an online storage service like DropBox or Google Drive in order to sync the password across devices.

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