Password Managers & Why We Need Them

Password Managers & Why We Need Them

By: Paul Facey, Advanced IT Technician
Let me start off this little article with a few questions for you to ponder:

  • How many passwords do you have?
  • Do you consider them complex?
  • Are you using the same one (or variation of one) over and over?
  • Do you constantly forget them and need to reset them, wasting time and generating frustration?
  • Do you have any passwords stored under your keyboard?
  • Are you using your web browser to store your passwords? (GASP)

If any of the above questions made your heart beat a little faster, then this post is for you!

What is a password manager?

Gone should be the days of weak passwords or writing down passwords and putting them under the keyboard, or even worse, on a sticky note on the side of the monitor.

A password manager is simply an application that allows users to record passwords in a secure environment and then access those passwords in a convenient manner. Depending on the password manager, passwords can also be shared between users for sites and applications requiring shared access.

How does it work?

Password managers are usually an application or browser plugin that each user has installed on their system that records user logins and passwords. Most web browsers include a basic password management system, however these systems lack in both security and features that significantly improve the user experience.

What does Networks Plus recommend?

Networks Plus has partnered with LastPass – a leading Password Management and Multi-Factor Authentication provider to offer LastPass Password Management.

The LastPass Password Management system offers a robust tool set that enables both users and administrators to securely create, use, and manage credentials across a large collection of sites and platforms.

Some the features of LastPass Include:

  1. Web based and browser plugin based management. Users can access the password manager from any location with an internet connection. This includes the office, home, and mobile.
  2. Policy management forces users to create and use password that meet minimum complexity levels and remind users if passwords are getting old and need to be updated.
  3. Password sharing allows multiple users the ability to share passwords and even create groups for shared passwords. Users that no longer need access to the credentials can simply be removed from the group.
  4. The LastPass Phone App seamlessly integrate. This way if a user’s mobile device is damaged or replaced, MFA codes and account logins can be quickly pulled down again on a new device.
  5. Scoring and reporting features alert your admins when users are using good complex passwords or are using the same password repeatedly at multiple sites.

Most importantly…

  • No more sticky notes or passwords under keyboards.
  • No more passwords of 12345
  • No more using the same password at every site because it is easy to remember
  • No more constantly resetting passwords because users cannot remember what they are

So, there you go! And remember, if you could relate to any of those questions at the beginning of this article, it might be a good idea to reach out to us and see how we can help you protect your businesses’ passwords. Reach out to consulting@networksplus.com or give us a call at 800.299.1704.

Want to learn more about why it is so important to protect your passwords? Check out this article at toolbox.com – https://tinyurl.com/5946ejys

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