As a busy parent, you instantly recognise the value of little-known time savers. For instance, the more efficiently you can handle your online work, whether it is simply logging into your email account, chatting with your friends on social media, or running an online business – the more time you will have with your family.
One simple way of staying efficient online is to reduce the time it takes to log in and out of various websites while not compromising safety. Fortunately, there is an app called a password manager that allows you to handle usernames and passwords with ease.
Unfortunately, when an Internet Security adviser mentions the value of using a password manager to clients, there is usually some resistance to the idea. This is due to some common myths associated with the necessity of using a password manager
Myth #1: It’s too much bother.
Here are some variations on this myth:
- It seems too complicated to do.
- It will take time to learn how to use it.
- It may not really be that safe anyway.
Actually, password managers are easy to learn how to use and simple to deploy. They also save time and reduce the frustration of trying to recover forgotten passwords.
Myth #2: I don’t think I need it.
Here are some variations on this myth.
- It doesn’t sound urgent and important.
- It isn’t necessary—our computer system is armed to the teeth with security software.
- It will probably conflict with my existing software.
Actually, a password manager will ensure formidable encryption everywhere online and it is necessary for stronger protection. It will also work harmoniously with any other security systems in place.
Myth #3: I’ve already got this password thing figured out; I have my own system.
Usually, people who make this claim do not understand the value of good passwords.
They are also people who have completely underestimated the cunning nature of hackers, who spend each day figuring out how to spam, phish, and hack into other people’s accounts. These criminal minds take pride in their digital skills rather than feel any remorse for their malicious invention of viruses, spyware, adware, and other malware that ruin lives across the world.
Myth #4: I don’t keep any of my sensitive information online and have nothing to hide.
While hackers may often have a keen interest in finding sensitive information for identity theft and looting financial accounts, this is not their only agenda. They usually have a wide range of nefarious purposes for seeking to infect computers and hijack online accounts. A hijacked Facebook account, for example, is an excellent way to spam all your friends to buy things that they think you’re recommending.
Myth #5: Hackers only want to rob the banks and department stores and wouldn’t bother with me.
It’s a serious mistake to assume that hackers only focus on corporate accounts, where ostensibly the big money is stored. Actually, ordinary, naïve computer users are much easier to exploit because they’re not protected by an IT department.
How It Helps
A password manager will fill in your login information for you wherever you go. Only you can see the button that allows you to accept the automated login feature. This is especially useful if you go to websites where you keep your financial information because if you have a malware program lurking on your computer called key logger software, it will not be able to register the username and password that you would normally manually type in.
Another advantage is that it will save you a few minutes here and there wherever you go, and you can save a lot of time if you happen to log into a large number of websites during a computer session. This will noticeably improve your workflow as you go about your business with one less thing to focus on at every website that asks for your credentials. If, for example, you have a number of affiliate accounts or work as a social media manager, you may have to log into hundreds of websites a week.
How It Works
A password manager is like a safe that stores all your valuables in a secure place and the only way to get in is by using a combination lock. Similarly, a password manager stores all your login information in a virtual safe and you’ll need a master password to access it. The internet security provider, Trend Micro, says a password manager can work on PCs and Macs, as well as mobile devices built on iOS and android platforms.
How To Start
After you’ve downloaded and installed the software, review all the tutorials on how to use it. This will probably take from five to fifteen minutes to familiarise yourself with the software’s features. Then write down a secure password to use as a master password and put it away in a safe place in your home or office. You don’t want to store it in a digital file online. You also don’t want to rely on memory for two reasons: one, if you can remember it, then it is probably not safe enough; and, two, if you forget it, then you will have to reset all your passwords.