No I do not use a password manager. I don't feel the necessity to trust anyone other than myself. I keep a little black book that I found at Barnes and Noble some years ago. I write in pencil so I can erase. I change passwords as necessary and mark the date it was changed. I also don't use my passwords outside my home. If necessary I would take my book with me and keep it locked up like my wallet.
It might be a good idea for younger adults, but at my age it is not. There is certain personal information I don't keep in the book, just in case it was lost or misplaced.
I use F Secure as my password manager. It is nothing fancy, but it's pretty straight forward and does what I need. I have tried some of the more well known ones (Last Pass and Dashline) and although they may have more bells and whistles, I found that they interfered with my browser and were a bit intrusive.
I have used the free version of LastPass for several years on all my pc (windows and linux) and on my android phone with no problem. I don't know about iphones but there should be an app for the LastPass service. There is an extension on the chrome brower that allow you to access all your saved login info from any computer. I am 66 so I don't know if that qualifies me as elderly.
I use LastPass because it is very secure. The simple test: if you lose your password for the password manager, can the company recover it? If so,their security is unacceptably low. LastPass does pass this test; all data is encrypted on your device, and no unencrypted data ever leaves your device(s). LastPass securely syncs among all my devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows PC...) so my data is always available on every device. AES 256 bit encryption is great, but only if properly implemented. LastPass creates the key from your email, password and more (for the techie, a unique random "salt" and then passes it though an algorithm designed to create 256 bits of seemingly random bits over 100,000 times.All that and more is necessary to make the encryption really strong.
The free version of LastPass does everything you need, and does it well. I also it it to store the unique lies I use for every security question. It does not remember password history, so I always make a copy of the old password in the card for the website in LastPass before having LastPass generate a new unique password (many websites require that you enter both the old and new passwords to use a new password). LastPass lets me use 20 character totally random passwords as easily as a word hackers can guess in a tiny fraction of a second.
I use Keychain because it is built into Apple computers, tablets, and phones and is free to use, and syncs across devices. So if you’re in the Apple ecosystem you’re all set. You’re article should have mentioned it.
Good point, and of course it's free and integrates well with everything Apple.
But the features don't really match the other programs we've discussed so far. For example, I always jot down the answers to the esoteric security questions that many sites like to use so I'm sure to type it exactly (capitalization etc.)
1Password (my favorite) also keeps my password history, generates random passwords with a configurable recipe to match the website requirement and let's me add custom fields to a record when needed. Not to mention that you can add specific types of records like credit cards, driver's licenses, and even store a receipt or other document.
I also use 1Password to keep track of my software licenses. It knows when I purchased the software, how much I paid and most importantly what the license key is in case I have to reinstall later.
Although I do use Keychain, I make sure that 1Password is always holding the correct info and that becomes the de facto place to look.
LastPass has prebuilt forms specifically for a wide variety of needs (credit cards, social security, software licenses, and many more). I use it for all the security questions and answers for each site -- and I use a unique lie for each and every security question on each and every site). It has two different types of entries, one for web sites, and one for "Secure Notes", which can be used for almost everything else. LastPass also lets adds fields and insert images (like copies of my passport). Almost all my passwords are randomly generated by LastPass, with options to include or not include groups of characters (lower case, upper case, numbers, special characters), and to select the length.
I used to use Keychain, but found that LastPass provided everything I need, and does it securely. It also works perfectly on Windows systems, Linux, and even allows secure access via the web.
What LastPass does not do is to record a password history for each web site. When I am changing a password I manually add the previous password to the Notes for that site, so that I have both the old and the new (random, LastPass generated) password.
Still, any password manager is far better than none.
I have used LastPass for several years and love it! User friendly. Although I use the free program, the few times I've needed to contact Customer Service, they have answered promptly. Paying customers receive expedited responses. LastPass also offers the free option of adding someone who can access your account in case something happens and you aren't able to access it yourself, due to illness for example.
Keeping track of passwords on paper is great if you use a unique long password for every purpose, always use a random password, and NEVER use an easily guessed password. With current hacker technology, that means do not use a word from any dictionary ever published, even with substitution of numbers for letters. I prefer a password manager so I don't have to manually enter passwords like %$Nsw7MM#!mdKt&7
I starting using ewallet several years ago, and it was fine but I have been having technical issues with it and I can't reach anyone to help me. It makes me nervous to think that these password managers are created by unknows and then the company or individuals disappear and you are STUCK and unable to get service if there is a problem. I also wonder if the people or companies creating these managers have access to your passwords?
I have used Dashlane for several years. I like it as it supports not only my PC but mobile devices. I use Roboform for access to local applications (eg., Quicken). I was pleased with, and would have stayed with Roboform if it had supported mobile apps sooner.