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How to manage and secure multiple passwords

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If you’re reading this, you probably have at least two or three emails and multiple accounts relating to banking, shopping, and social networking. This can lead to a myriad of usernames and passwords that can be a mess to manage.

Despite the potential madness, online security experts say you its best to have different logins and passwords for every account. These passwords should be something completely random to help thwart would-be hackers, say something like hzE98!iC1m.

So how do you know if a password is truly secure?

How Secure is My Password?” is a site that lets you simply test out the strength of a password. Enter a password into the textbox, and the site will maximum time it would take a hacker to crack your password using the “brute force method.”

Click here to learn to different ways a hacker can discover your password.

The site is meant for testing only. Use it to help you get ideas on how adding a few characters or symbols to your existing password can increase its security. Note, for your own security reason, avoid using a real password here. Instead use fake examples as a guide.

Ok, so now you have a bunch of secure passwords, how do you keep track of all of them?

I recommend these three password managers to help you securely consolidate your passwords. Use your Google-fu to research each one before you make the password leap.

Keepass (Windows, Ubuntu, Android, iPhone)

1Password (Mac)

RoboForm  (Windows)

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