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Do you use a password manager?  Do you have one you recommend?  Share it here and tell us why it's your choice.

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Yes, I use a password manager.  I tested both lastpass and 1Password back in 2013 and chose to go with 1password.  It has been very useful as I have over 100 logins and I have never used the same login for multiple websites.  

As a blind person using iOS, 1password works well for me and has been accessible using voiceover with minor difficulties occasionally.

I have either my apple product or my 1password choose strong passwords for me.  The minimum password length that I use is 18 characters.  And, to log into it, I use a very long password that is easy for me to remember.  But, how many people would be able ot guess a password that is over 20 characters long.

 

Additionally, I use 1password to store my passport data and my VISA data.  In the past, for photos of the passport in addition to having the normal data I have had to copy this in using my computer.  I do not know whether that can now be done simply on my phone or not as I have not needed to do that in several years.

 

It also does a better and more complete job of filling in credit card data than does teh built in capability in iOS.

 

Additionally, I have over 100 secure notes that provide me additional data such as history for various website information or other more personal data such as my data for security questions for my banks and other websites.

I also have my state ID in it as both a photo and teh number coded in.

 

It has the capability fo also allowing you to paste in the software keys for your various pieces of computer software.

 

Although I do not have it, it does allow me to have both a family information vault that is shared among family members and my personal vault, which is what I use all the time.

 

Regarding what the other person said about the possibility of them being hacked because the data is stored (by my choice so that I can use the information on my computer, my iPad and my iphone) in my Dropbox, that password is also a strong password and is stored in my 1password on my phone and iPad.  So, before they can access it to try to de-encrypt that data, they have to find a way to hack into my Dropbox account.  The data is not stored on 1password servers.  And, I think that the same is true for lastpass if I remember correctly, but I am not positive on how it is set up any more.

 

You do not need to have access to the internet to be able to use 1 password.  But, it does use the internet to synchronize the encrypted data from your phone, iPad, and computer.

 

One additional thing is that I should mention is that as a blind person, in addition to allowing me ot have over 100 passwords and the other things mentioned above is that as a blind person it makes it so much more accurate trying to get the login data put in for websites than when I try to type them in.  So, for me using 1password has been extremely beneficial.  And, at times while traveling has been very beneficial by having both my passport number and a photo of my passport accessible whether I am connected to the internet or not.

I hope this helps anybody who is wondering about the use of password managers.

Dexter

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I am looking for a password manager but am confused with so many providers and options.
Couldn't AARP pick a good one and offer its members a reduced-rate package?
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@s135195k, if you're still looking -- and to all who yet are, I would suggest that you take the time to read this article that is published by AARP in their online newsletter (Sept. 2018). Essentially, it's what you need to know about password managers. And, it might also shed a little light on both the importance of having one, as well as perhaps the ability to select one that you think may work for you and may address your concerns.

 

Password Managers: What You Need to Know

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Good idea. I use the free version of Dashlane, but it sometimes seems to be erratic.

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@s135195k, I am reasonably sure that AARP wouldn't want to bear such a responsibility. After all, if they recommend it, they would also set themselves up to be blamed if that person's computer was hacked. It's best to simply take the free recommendations that have come in this forum. As I said, Dashlane is free; I've used it for years. Others have recommended a free version of LastPass. At any rate, there may be none that is 100% foolproof, but if it's worked for me fo r10 years, that "licenses" me to recommend it, but like me -- and everyone else, we're all taking a chance. I don't have my bank account password in Dashlane; I keep that somewhere else in a physical location, not somewhere in cyberspace. We're still expected to use wisdom. Check them out. Make an informed decision:

 

https://www.dashlane.com/

https://keepass.com/

https://www.lastpass.com/

https://www.roboform.com/

https://www.truekey.com/

 

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I have use lastpass for free for several years.  Most of the security guys say it is the best.  They also have a paid verson (I don't know how much it cost) with more options but the free verson works fine for me.

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I have used Password Safe for years and found it capable of generating 12 letters numbers and characters with no problem. I have one long password to enter the program. I am not sure how it ranks with other programs.
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Yes - Dashlane

I pay for it every 3 years - it's the only one I have ever used - to switch to something else would be a HUGE undertaking I think? About 200 passwords ...

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Isn't Dashlane costing $40 to $60 a year? That is a lot when there are no cost and vey low cost alternatives. Switching may not be as bad as it sounded. Other software may have import option to take Dashlane data and make the conversion. You may use the free trial and see if the conversion works and how you like the other software. I just look at the one I use, SafeInCloud, it has the option to import Dashlane data.

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Years ago, I started using Dashlane, which has been rated on the Web as the world's #1 password manager. I like it for several reasons: (1) they offer a free version (which have proven to be sufficient for my use; (2) I don't have to remember my password; Dashlane logs in for me once it recognizes the website I'm logging onto; (3) if I change my password, Dashlane prompts me to ask if I want it to record the new password; (4) If for any reason I need to know -- or to see --  my password, I can easily navigate to it from the computer where Dashlane has been installed; and (5) if keylogging software has been nefariously installed on a computer, you're safe because you never have to type your password. It has safely been stored in Dashlane and, again, Dashlane will log you in.

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Roboform Everywhere.

Depending on how many passwords you need to manage and whether you use multiple devices, the free version may suit your needs. We have been using Roboform for around 10 years now. 

Auto synchronization between devices, emergency access for a trusted friend after a delay period you set. Safe notes: text notes encrypted and stored like passwords. Password generator to encourage proper password usage (different password for every site)

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I use Dashlane and I love it! It's so much easier and safer having all of my passwords on this app instead of writing them in a notebook like I used to do. They are all alphabetized and the app does an excellent job of controlling my information, suggesting safe passwords, letting me categorize the web sites by type, reminding me how often I've used the same password, allows me to store my personal information, keeps track of my ID, secure notes, and receipts, and best of all it automatically inserts my password when I reach a site that requires log in - after I've authenticated my identity with Dashlane. I have the Premium plan which costs just $12.95/year; I prefer the Premium plan because it allows me to store and access my information on my smart phone as well as my laptop and syncs all my data on the two platforms. It also allows me to import and export passwords and provides a VPN as well. The standard Dashlane app is free. 

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I use Flying Bit Password Keeper. It saves everything locally to my machine and the password file can be copied between machines to share them. It's an older program, but it works well and does not rely on a hardware key as some of the others do.

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Makes no sense (to me) to have an app know or genrate all your passwords.  Every website is hackable.  What makes a passowrd manager website immune?

 

Then there is the "inside man (person)" possibility.  All companies can have greedy or vengeful employees thatsell or give out the sensitive information.  Even the CIA and FBI has had employees who have done this with a ling prison sentence hanging over them.

 

98% of my passwords are the same for frivolous websites.  Who cares if they hack that password?  Just vary/change the password for the very few websites that are important.   

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Good advice.

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Check out this link for LastPass and scroll down to the security secition.  Looks strong enough for me. https://www.lastpass.com/how-lastpass-works

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I don't know about other password managers, but Roboform is encrypted.  A master password (which should be easy to remember) is required to even access it.  I have found it secure, dependable and easy to use.

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Spoiler
 

I use LastPass and have done so for years. I only have to remember three passwords, one for my phone, one for my laptop, and one for LastPass. I can launch webpages right from LastPass and have the userid and password auto fill. All of my passwords are unique and random, nothing that could be guessed, and I don't have to remember any of them. Other family members also use LastPass, and we can share passwords with each other.

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I would be lost without my password manager.  I use the one in Safari.  I also have my passwords on index cards and keep them updated with changes to passwords.  There are 59 cards.

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I've used StickyPassword for some years, now, and find it a godsend.  Since one of the most egregious failures of password usage is using the same password for multiple accounts, SP generates a brand new password (according to user specs) for each account.  (You can also create your own password and SP will tell you its strength).  It can be set to automatically log one in to the designated website.  One master password, which only the user knows, accesses SP's encrypted database.  You can also sync with any other device.  

 

I was an early adopter of StickyPassword, and was gifted with a lifetime membership, so I don't know about costs.  I think you can use their freeware for a limited number of accounts.

 

Whatever program you opt for, for heaven's sake use one that will generate strong passwords for each account/website/login you have.  

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I use "LastPass".  I have the purchased the full subscription.  I have been very happy with the program's features.  I would recommend this program to anyone looking for a password manager program.

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I have used Lastpass for several years.  Works well and I have had zero issues.  As stated the personal version is free.

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LastPass for more than 6 years. Love it. 

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another vote for lastpass. Used it for years, No hacks at all.

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Using KeePass for years.  It’s free, open source supports autofill, copy/paste and drag and drop.  Uses SHA-256 AES encryption.  Master password is stored in generated encrypted file and not on online servers.  Apps for both desktop and mobile devices.  I think the most operative word here is it’s free. 

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PasswordSafe, used it for years, free.

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I have used Sticky Password for several years and am very happy with it.  I pay $30 a year and consider it worthwhile.  I keep dozens of high-security passwords in it.  A favorite feature is the password generator that creates complex, randomized passwords with my choice of character types including numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and my choice of special characters (some sites don't allow certain special characters).  The PC and Android versions are user-friendly.  I am a dedicated fan of password managers and recommend them to everyone.

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I use to use dashlane, until they started getting overpriced. $19.95 per year, then $39.95 year and now $59.95 per year. It will probably keep going up each year as people become more dependent on it. People should be careful which plan they choose because of increasing fees.

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@Davin8, Dashlane has a free version that has everything the average person would want or could use. Why not return and opt for the free version?

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I have used TrueKey from McAfee and find that it works well across platforms (PC and Mac) and my iPhone. Synchs between all devices as long as you stay logged in. Allows for fingerprint login on my iPhone. It produces some wicked generated passwords...good thing it remembers them too. I don't know what the level of encryption is. I will be checking that out. Easy, intuitive, free. 

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