These days, most people seem to have the same couple of passwords that they use for most of their accounts. Those passwords usually aren’t the best, and you’ve probably had them for a long time too. You don’t want to forget them, so you just never change them – sound about right?
Cybersecurity matters, and strengthening your passwords is the easiest way to ensure that you don’t have security issues because they’re harder to crack. Most of your accounts don’t have password expirations, so you aren’t required to change your passwords. The National Institute of Standards and Technology only advises people to change their passwords if they are compromised, so that’s good news for you. If you’re going to go that route, keep in mind that you’re more likely to have trouble if you have a weak password, so make it a good one.
Nobody wants to have to remember a different password for every account, especially given how complex your passwords need to be nowadays. Check out these apps for a way to keep your passwords strong and safe.
Cost: Free (In-App Purchases)
Dashlane offers a limited free version, and with that, you can store your passwords and sensitive information and use Dashlane’s password generator. The app uses an AES-256 encryption system, which is used for many password manager apps.
For $59.99/year, you can upgrade to a premium subscription. This includes the ability to sync across your devices, automatic data backups, secure sharing of information and VIP Dashlane app support.
1Password also uses an AES-256 encryption, and encrypts your data three times before it reaches the 1Password servers. You will receive a free 30-day trial upon signing up, but after that, the cost is $2.99/month, charged annually. For families, you can create up to five users on one account for $4.99/month (charged annually). 1Password allows you to store your sensitive information and use their password generator to create passwords for your accounts.
Keeper Password Manager
Upon signing up for Keeper, you are granted one free month of limited use. For $2.50/month, charged annually, you can upgrade to Keeper Premium. That allows you to store unlimited data across unlimited devices, along with access to the web app and fingerprint login. Families can add up to five users for $5/month, charged annually, but you have a limit of 10GB of secure file storage.
Enpass Password Manager
Cost: Free/Mobile Subscription
As with the others, Enpass uses an AES-256 encryption. Enpass Pro is completely free on desktop, but the pro version costs $9.99/month for mobile. The app stores your data locally with the option to sync to the cloud, so you don’t have to if you don’t want to. Enpass doesn’t require you to sign up, all you have to do is download the app.