Ever counted up the number of usernames and passwords you have? I just counted 159 for myself! And those are just the ones I use for business purposes. In the paper So Long, and No Thanks for the Externalities: The Rational Rejection of Security Advice by Users, author Cormac Herley notes that Internet users, on average, have 25 password-protected accounts to manage and in A Large Scale Study of Web Password Habits, it was found that on average a person types eight passwords per day.
More and more of us are mobile and undoubtedly need access to our password and other data while on-the-go. Add to that the trouble of remembering the slew of passwords, we have the nightmare of the ‘forgot my password’ option; perhaps it is time to choose an app to help manage passwords as well as other important data.
Dashlane is free and one of the newest data management apps available. Using the industry’s leading encryption software, it safely holds all your login information in one secure place and permits you skip past login pages. A unique feature lets you with a single tap generate, save and auto-fill new, strong passwords while you’re browsing. And the option to securely send passwords or notes via self-destructing messages is very cool. Users also can save and auto-fill any credit card, billing and shipping information via its eWallet feature.
1Password at $17.99 is a good investment. It offers the ability to generate strong, unique passwords for every site you use and boasting military grade encryption secures your data behind a single master password. It also let you create, edit, save and access other types of personal information, including credit cards, passports, bank accounts, and more. Data automatically syncs across all your devices. The auto-lock feature keeps your data protected in the event your device is lost or stolen.
OneSafe for $5.99 lets you add and manage password and other data such as credit card and bank account information using ready-made templates. It offers automatic login to websites. Somewhat unique to OneSafe is the ability to manage and safely store all your private Word, Excel, and other type documents and the option to mark items as a favorite for fast access at a later date. You can also search your data to find the desired information. Synchronization across your devices is achieved using iCloud.
The above list is not exhaustive, so check out this list for many more. Happy hunting, and of course, don’t forget your master password to access all of the great features for whatever password keeping app you ultimately choose.