Save and Protect Passwords On Your Computer

Save and Protect Passwords On Your Computer

This is usually the moment where people wonder if they know the passwords for all the accounts they own. Especially for those that automatically log in because they set it up like that. In addition, to logging passwords, we now need to store passwords and data for many other things, such as orders for our cable operators, credit card information, copies of personal documents, access data for certain devices, and the like. It remains a question of how to keep all these passwords and make them readily available when we need them?

Read below 3 ways that turned out to be pretty useful:

Internet Browser

Most of today’s Internet browsers allow you to store passwords. In other words, when you open the page where you must log in with your username and password, your browser will offer you to download this information so that you will be automatically logged in the next time you open the same page. This is probably today’s most popular way of storing passwords because it makes the work very pleasant.

The benefits of this method of storing passwords are:

1. Automatic login so you do not have to enter the password every time.
2. Synchronize all devices by remembering passwords on your computer, your phone, and your tablet, if you are logged in to the browser itself and use it on all devices.

The disadvantages of this method of storing passwords are:

1. Anyone who sits behind your computer can have access to all of your accounts.
2. Anyone who sits behind a computer can read passwords.
3. If you are not careful, you can accidentally save the password on another computer and make your account available.

Passwords Storage Program

There are many programs that you can use to save passwords. One of the most famous is 1password, and a lot of users choose Lastpass also. These are not only password-saving programs, but you can also store credit card information, some important notes for you, logins on home devices, and many other things. Both programs have mobile applications that synchronize with each other so that you can store all the passwords on your mobile phone. The good thing about these programs are that I can generate passwords for you, which can be very useful when you sign up for a new service that you want to use. They are easy to use, with 1password being paid in the basic version, while Lastpass has a fully functional free version. They also have accessories for the most popular search engines, so you can easily access them while browsing the internet.

The benefits of this method of storing passwords are:

  1. The program is easily accessible so you can easily access the old ones and enter new passwords.
  2. Synchronizes with all the other devices you have, which greatly eases the situation if you accidentally cancel the hard drive on which the program is installed.
  3. It supports online backup data that connects to your account, which is another level of security.

Text Document

Most of us started to keep passwords in this way. All you have to do is create a text document with a password list. I suggest that once you make this kind of document, apply some kind of protection. For example, if you create it in Word, you can choose to protect it with a password. If you use Notepad ++, which is my recommendation, you can use one of the encryption programs, such as Veracrypt.

The benefits of storing passwords this way are:

  1. You have the freedom to keep passwords in the way that suits you and how best to manage.
  2. They are pretty safe to keep because they are stored in a folder on your computer that is not easy to find and the document itself is encrypted

The disadvantages of storing passwords this way are:

  1. Sometimes you will not have the patience to enter a new password or password that you changed because your document is not easily accessible.
  2. It can cancel your hard drive without notice, and if this is the only place you can store passwords, you may be in trouble.

As for everything, there is no universal solution, and it may be best to opt for a combination of some of the previously mentioned ways.

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Question for you: Do you have a suggestion on how we can keep passwords? 

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