It may not be something you often wonder, but how much time do you spend each year updating your passwords for each of your devices or online accounts? Or will you be locked out of those accounts and have to create new passwords on the fly (which you will inevitably forget and be locked out again)? If your answer to that question is “not much”, then you either live life as a digital nomad, or there’s a good chance you have some very basic passwords that you can share between multiple accounts.
While we are all drowning in passwords, the IT industry is already making great strides towards a passwordless future. Today, Apple, Google, and Microsoft all use facial recognition or have their own 2FA (two-factor authentication) processes that ask you to unlock an additional device. The tech giants know that most consumers are sitting on an insecure house of cards when it comes to their passwords. But for now, passwords are an inevitable part of life in the digital world. All we can do is navigate through it as safely and securely as possible.
The best thing you can do right now to protect all your accounts is to create custom, complicated sets of unreadable code or passphrases (whole sentences used as passwords) that are unique to each account. The only problem with that is that it makes it impossible to remember all those different passwords in an instant when trying to access the accounts.
One of the worst things you can do is write down all your passwords in a notebook.
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However, the future we all look forward to will have no passwords, no frustrating security loops and account resets. And while we’re not there yet, there is a way to reduce your daily password total to just one. Today we have encrypted password managers. These essentially act as a digital vault to secure all your different passwords across all your devices, all under one master password. That means you can have super long, complex passwords for all your accounts (some password managers will even generate them for you) and not have to remember them all.
Password managers, especially those with browser extensions and connected smartphone apps, can save you so much time by saving all your passwords when you submit them and automatically filling in password fields when you visit sites. There are a ton of them on the market, but they can vary wildly in price and feature set. Bitdefender Password Manager is a popular option and comes with the strongest known cryptographic algorithms available. It also gives you that autofill option and is multi-platform so it can store and organize all your passwords across all devices.
While there are many full-featured password managers on the market, Bitdefender Password Manager is part of the Bitdefender Premium Security package, which bundles it with all of Bitdefender’s major security products, such as antivirus and a VPN. If you’re already paying for a separate security suite and dreading another password manager subscription, this is a great way to include your password protection in that cost. Bitdefender Premium Security is worth it on its own, though, as it’s currently PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for security suites, so not only will you be adopting a nearly passwordless lifestyle, you’ll also have some of the best cybersecurity available.