Three password apps to protect yourself from trouble like the Gawker database hack
One of the biggest lessons to be learned from the Gawker fiasco is this: don't use the same password everywhere.
But remembering all those different passwords is hard, yo!
Yes, it is -- but there are secure tools you can use which make it so you don't have to do the remembering yourself. Apps like LastPass, OnePassword, and KeePass make creating and utilizing complex, secure passwords a trivial task. All you need to do is pick an app, create an account, and set up one really good password you can remember to protect it. Your password manager will take care of the memorizing.
Take the jump to see how easy it can be to better protect your logins online!
Once your password has been created, you only need to enter it once. After that, you can simply use your app of choice to log in for you. Creating strong passwords is only part of the battle, of course. You log in to dozens of websites, and that means piles and piles of login credentials to remember.
It's also worth noting that everything these apps do is encrypted. Passwords on your computer are stored in a heavily encrypted format, so even if someone stole your laptop they'd still have to break the one uber-hard-but-memorable password you used to lock it down. It's much safer than using your browser's built-in password storage -- a free app from NirSoft can reveal most of those in a heartbeat. You're also safe from keyloggers, since you don't actually press any keys to input your password into login forms -- the app does all the data entry for you.
The three apps I've mentioned are available on a number of platforms, so you can even access all your passwords on the go from your smartphone. You've got nothing to lose, and a whole lot of peace of mind to gain by securing your precious logins with one of these tools.
Got another favorite password management app? Share it with us in the comments!