It may not be something you often ask yourself, but how much time do you spend each year updating passwords for each of your devices or online accounts? Or lose access to those accounts and have to create new passwords on the fly (which you’ll inevitably forget and get locked out again)? If your answer to that question is “not much,” then you’re either living 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’re all drowning in passwords, the IT industry is already making strides towards a password-free future. These days, Apple, Google, and Microsoft use facial recognition or have their own 2FA (two-factor authentication) processes that will ask you to unlock an additional device. Tech giants know that most consumers are sitting on top of 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 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 strings of unreadable code or passphrases (full sentences used as passwords) that are unique to each account. The only problem with that is that it’s then impossible to remember all those different passwords on the dropper when trying to access accounts.
One of the worst things you can do is write down all your passwords in a notebook.
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The future we all look forward to, however, is one without passwords, frustrating security loops, and account resets. And while we’re not there, there’s a way to reduce your total daily password to just one. These days we have encrypted password managers. They essentially act as a digital vault to secure all your different passwords across all your devices, all under one master password. This 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 associated smartphone apps, can save you a lot of time by storing all of your passwords when you submit them and automatically filling in password fields whenever you access websites. There are tons of them on the market, but they can vary drastically 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 cross-platform so it can store and organize all your passwords across all devices.
While there are many full-featured password managers available in the market, Bitdefender Password Manager comes as one Bitdefender Premium Security suite, which bundles it with all of Bitdefender’s main security products such as antivirus and VPN. If you’re already paying for a separate security package and are dreading another subscription for a password manager, this is a great way to include password protection in that price. Bitdefender Premium Security still worth having for yourself, as it currently is PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for security suites, so not only will you transition to a nearly password-free lifestyle, but you’ll also have some of the best cyber security available.