Identity theft is rampant online, yet most people still insist on using the same, easily guessed password for all of their online accounts. This is a big mistake. All an attacker needs is to guess the password to your email account, and they will be able to use the “Forgot password” function on your other online accounts to access all of them.
But there’s an easy way to increase your online safety without having to remember lots of long, hard to remember passwords: using a software program known as a password manager. Password managers generate lengthy passwords that are much harder to guess, and they remember them for you. All you have to do is remember one master password. (Of course, you should try to make your master password hard to guess as well. In a future blog post, I’ll include some tips and tricks on how to create a password that’s hard to guess but easy to remember.)