Passwords can be difficult to remember and frustrating when forgotten. It is no wonder why 52% of people use the same password for everything. While reusing passwords may be convenient, it is far from secure. The abundance of site breaches and password leaks from disgruntled employees means reusing your passwords on multiple sites can lead to issues.

When a breach or password dump is posted online, malicious persons will use programs to attempt to log into other sites with the same credentials. So how do you protect yourself and deal with the fact that passwords can be difficult to remember?

A password manager will allow you the security of unique passwords for each website while allowing you to remember just one password. Most password managers like lastpass ( ) offer browser plugins along with stand alone applications to make the process as painless as possible. It is also highly recommended that you choose a password manager that offers two factor authentication to add a extra layer of security.

Once a password manager is selected and installed, start logging into websites like normal. (This process will be much easier on a computer than on a phone or tablet.) You will be prompted to save the login information. For now, select no and navigate to the website’s account preferences page. Then select change password. From the password manager, select create random password. Copy the password and save. The password manager will prompt you to save the updated password. Select yes and proceed to log out of the website. To verify the password was updated and saved properly, attempt to log back in. This time allow the password manager to automatically log in. If all has gone according to plan, you will be automatically logged in. A great place to start is your email account followed by your financial institutions.

Remembering passwords can be difficult. But with the use of a password manager, not only will life be easier with only one password word to remember but it will also be more secure.

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September 27, 2019
Steven Nuhn