The New York Times has an article this week entitled Why You Need a Password Manager. Yes, You.
Andrew Cunningham, the author of the article and a lead editor at Wirecutter, only recently started using a password manager and he makes a strong case for why it’s imperative that you do the same. He walks you through what it’s good at, how it works, and how to create and store a master password.
But even though I should know better, up until a few months ago I was still reusing the same dozen or so passwords across all of my everything (though at least I had turned on two-factor authentication where I could). It’s just too difficult to come up with (and remember) unique, strong passwords for dozens of sites. That’s why, after much cajoling from co-workers, I started using a password manager — and it’s why you should be using one, too. Aside from using two-factor authentication and keeping your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, it’s the most important thing you can do to protect yourself online.
His preferred password manager is 1Password (which we recommend as well).
If you haven’t switched to a password manager yet, we hope he can help convince you why it’s necessary!