A password manager creates and stores unique passwords across every website or account you have. When you use a password manager, you create a single “master” password (that you remember) to access the manager and then the manager creates and stores the rest.
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How dropbox got hacked
If Facebook gets hacked, hackers will find the database on the web, and try my email+password combination on 100 other major sites to see if they can get into those sites.
This is how they got into dropbox.
If I have a unique password for each network, then hackers can only get access to that one network (my Facebook) but not get into dropbox/Gmail/etc. However, having 100 unique passwords is difficult.
Most people have a sheet of paper (or a note in their phone) that saves all of the passwords so they can remember them.
That gets cumbersome and is less secure.
Why do families need a password manager?
- Having a password manager drastically reduces the possibility of your family becoming the victim of ransomware, identity theft, malware, phishing, and other cyber attacks
- Parents only need to remember one “master” password and the rest are stored and secure
- We constantly hear about data breaches in the news. With a password manager you can have peace of mind knowing that you can easily change your password on the compromised account without hackers getting access to other accounts or personal information
What is ransomware?
- Ransomware is a type of malicious software that holds your personal digital data for ransom
- If you are affected by ransomware, you cannot gain access to your personal data without paying a fine
- Most ransomware is disguised as a valid file in an email
- The bad guys want you to say “I’m not rich or famous, I don’t have anything the bad guys would want to steal”
- However, you DO have something the bad guys want. You have REAL relationships with your contacts and that is what they want to use to impersonate you and send ransomware to all of your contacts
- Also they can steal all of your digital photos and not let you have access to them
- You have 100-2,000 friends in your email contacts who might trust you, and ransomware can email them (on your behalf) to infect their computer
- Or hide all your photos/contacts and you have to pay them to get everything back
- This makes it easy for an attacker to pretend to be you and trick others into falling for their attacks
Benefits of having a password manager:
- It remembers all of your unique passwords for you and they are encrypted
- Creating strong and unique passwords can be difficult (especially if you have a lot of passwords) but with a password manager, you don’t have to come up with anymore passwords
- Password managers can store passwords for every single person in your family. For example, if everyone in your family has a Gmail account the password manager will be able to store everyone’s individual username and password
- Most password managers sync across all of your devices, so you don’t have to worry about typing long passwords with the little keyboard on your cell phone
- Many password managers will auto-fill online forms with your saved data (even on your cell phone)
Password managers in the news:
If you’re not using a password manager, start now. A password manager makes you less vulnerable online by generating strong random passwords, syncing them securely across your browsers and devices, and filling them in automatically.–Wire Cutter (NY Times Company)
Using a password manager is far better for your overall security than not using one.–TechCrunch
It has never been more necessary to secure your online accounts with a password manager and two-factor authentication, where available.–PC Mag
What can parents do?
- We strongly consider setting up a password manager for your family
- Join the Smart Social Membership to learn how to set up a password manager for your family (and get our suggestion for the best one)
- Josh will walk you through the process of setting it up step-by-step. Watch over his shoulder to learn the ins-and-outs of easily keeping your family’s data secure
- Teach your children to follow security best practices, such as:
- Never use the same password across multiple accounts
- Only log into websites that start with “https”
- Avoid using personal info in your passwords, instead create long passwords with unique characters
- Keep your passwords private and never share them with your BFF
- If you don’t have a password manager, write all of your passwords on a sheet of paper, seal it in an envelope, and give it to your parents for safe keeping
While many families don’t think they have anything worth “hacking” — that couldn’t be further from the truth. If your family doesn’t already use a password manager, now is a great time to start. Josh walks parents through setting one up, step-by-step in the Smart Social Membership.