Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you’re like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them all, you have to cut corners — choosing weak, easy-to-remember passwords and reusing them for multiple accounts. But there are better ways — a good password management tool will allow you to use secure passwords without devoting lots of time to memorization.
Password managers included with browsers aren’t amazing. Firefox’s is the best, but it has some major limitations — it can’t automatically generate a strong password for you, it’s unavailable for iPhone and iPad, and it doesn’t have a great interface for organizing and managing your passwords.
LastPass provides browser extensions and mobile apps for all popular browsers and platforms. It stores your passwords in encrypted form on LastPass’s servers — you need your master password to decrypt the passwords on your computer. It syncs and is available anywhere, whether you’re using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows 8, or any other browser or platform. It can automatically generate secure passwords for you and inform you when you’re using weak or compromised ones.
I strongly recommend LastPass as one of the best password managers you can get. The base version of LastPass is free. if you want access via mobile apps, you’ll have to get the Premium Version. LastPass premium is only $12 per year.
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