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You may not realize it, but you are playing a virtual game of Russian Roulette if you aren’t using a Password Manager.

These days most of us do several of the following online:

  • Communicate
  • Shop
  • Socialize
  • Bank
  • Host a website
  • Book vacations and business trips
  • Store our music and digital photos
  • Back up lots of sensitive data

The odds are that you’re using the same (or only slightly different) password to log in to all of the websites you use because it’s easier.

The problem is that while you’re making it easier for yourself, you’re also making it easier for the hackers.

New hackers are being born every day—and it only takes one of them to turn your personal and/or business life completely upside down. It’s truly scary.

Getting a Password Manager brings you a significant level of protection from this threat.

What is a Password Manager?

A Password Manager is an application that combines the ease of a single password and encryption to provide you with tighter security.

There are lots of Password Managers out there. Many of them good…some not so good. My field-tested favorite is 1Password. (Get it? ONE password.)

1Password is an app that lets you collect and store all of your unique passwords into one encrypted e-vault. It’s totally worth the price and the up-front effort to set it up. 

Don’t just take my word for it—here’s a review of 1Password by Cloudwards professional review site: 1Password Review

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How to Set Up a Password Manager

Password Managers all function the same. Here’s how you get up and running with 1Password:

  1. Purchase the 1Password app.
  2. Create a new account and follow their instructions to set up your master password.
  3. Install the 1Password browser extension on your Mac or PC. From now on, when you need to log in to a website, you’ll do so by clicking on the iPassword icon in the upper right of your toolbar.
  4. Now, download the 1Password app to your mobile device.
  5. Follow the instructions in the mobile app to sync with your computer (using the iCloud if you’re a Mac user).
  6. Open Safari on your mobile device and click on the Share/Forward button. From the “Add Bookmark” row, scroll over until you see the …More choice. Click on it, drag the 1Password option to the top and turn it on. From now on, when you need log in to a website, you’ll click on the Share/Forward button and click on the iPassword icon. (Many apps are now adding 1Password to their login screens making it even easier to login.)
  7. As you log into your existing online accounts, use 1Password’s Password Generator (found on the browser extension or in the mobile app) to create a new, more secure and very unique passwords for each account and update your account profile.
  8. When prompted by 1Password, save the new login.
  9. When you create new logins on websites, 1Password will automatically prompt you to generate a new secure password and save it in your password database.

VOILA—no more Russian Roulette!

And, there’s more good news—1Password is not just for passwords. You can store credit card information, bank accounts, all those software licenses you used to lose, and any sensitive information you want in a secure note. 

Be sure and check your backup settings to make sure it’s set to “Automatic,” so you don’t lose all those totally unique and secure passwords.

It takes a few days to trust it completely, but once you do, you’ll wonder how you lived without it for so long.

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About the author : Janet Doré

Janet Doré is the founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of Scribaceous, Inc., a boutique design company specializing in branding & graphic design, IHubApp PWAs, WordPress websites, and optimized blog content. She is also the proud creator of the Hub Mama program where she trains and mentors those looking to grow their own freelance Hubmaster business.

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