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Heartbleed: A Password Manager Reality Check
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anon5030740074
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anon5030740074,
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4/18/2014 | 10:33:51 AM
Why Password Management is a Must
Now enterprise companies have a new password management to choose from.  Ilantus Password Express can be deployed in a cloud or on-premise mode.  Learn more at http://ilantusexpress.com/ and get a free 30 day trial.
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itsec9987,
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4/18/2014 | 1:43:02 PM
RoboForm Password Manager
I couldn't agree more that it is essential to have a password manager to not only create unique passwords, but to safely store and remember them for you as well.  I have been using RoboForm for about five years now, after trying out a few others, and I absolutely love it!  It even has a safe notes section to store additional information securly and I only have to remember one password now which makes my life so much easier. 
RyanSepe
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4/18/2014 | 3:12:38 PM
Re: RoboForm Password Manager
For those of you who use a password manager I have a few questions. Does the password manager act as a single sign-on? Meaning that they will automatically log you into the portal based on a splash page. Also, I imagine they use some type of complex algorithm to generate your passwords but then you have to remember these complex passwords everywhere you go. So my question to the previous statement is does the password manager go onto multiple devices? The reason I ask is, if my password is changing after a certain amount of time and is complex as soon as I move away from the device with the password manager. If I do not have the manager on the other device there is a decent chance I might not remember it due to the complexity. Someone please shead some light on these questions. Thanks,
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/18/2014 | 4:34:38 PM
Re: RoboForm Password Manager
Ditto on your questions, Ryan. I know people who swear by password managers, but I wonder if it is as simple and easy to manager as people say...
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4/18/2014 | 5:08:30 PM
Re: RoboForm Password Manager
I use lastpass and will be paying for the premium part here soon to use it on my mobile device. I swear by it, the passwords are stored securely and also for security reasons last pass is just an encrypted storage facility for me. I find it increadibly easy to use on most sites. Once in a while I run into an issue but that's normally because something has been coded funny on the page I'm trying to hook lastpass into. It also has helped me manage my passwords better by even letting me know "hey this is a duplicate password" for a couple sites.
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4/18/2014 | 5:14:05 PM
Re: RoboForm Password Manager
@Ryan to answer yoru questions for lastpass at least; I can't speak to other password managers. It does act as a single sign on but I still have to manually log into my password manager and click the button to sign into a site ala facebook or here. With lastpass you sign into your portal and can either install an extension, have it on a usb key or mobile. It is cloud based using from what I can tell the best crypto practices and it remembers them for you. They can not I repeat can not see your passwords since all the of your data for passwords was encrypted before it hit the cloud and then downloaded and authenticated locally. Also lastpass is system agnostic it works on linux, mac, windows and on android, blackberry and ios if you pay the 12$/yr premium cost which to me is worth it. Also to change passwords all you need to do is goto the changing password page and generate the new password from lastpass that easy.
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4/18/2014 | 7:37:52 PM
Re: RoboForm Password Manager
Ok thank you for the insight. It seems very logical to have something like a password manager in place. However, let me play devil's advocate for the moment. For the password manager to work it needs to store your passwords. Think of it like a vault, you leave your passwords in there for an extended period of time. How is this more safe then remembering a complex password that you create on your own? If this password manager is exploited isn't this just as risky as using the same password, because all your eggs are literally in that vault/basket? Main point I am asking is, why is this a better safeguard then remembering your own complex password? Thoughts?
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4/19/2014 | 12:33:52 PM
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Use the word "passcode" instead of "password" and less people will use simple passcodes based on words. Something like "H6f4ggmo3fGaM" is not a word, so it doesn't make sense to call it a "password." 
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4/20/2014 | 6:58:13 PM
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You may have something with passcode. However password has been used for so long it will be hard to get people to think of it as a code and not a word. Also, if you can still enter a word then I think users will still do that. Unless a passcode needs to alternate numbers and letters. Then you will need a password manager.
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Mathew,
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4/21/2014 | 4:58:24 AM
Re: RoboForm Password Manager
@Ryan, many types of password management software will allow you to sync a password database from one device to another (as well as store the old password). That way, if you generate a new strong password (from within the application) on a preset basis, it will store that info and make it available. 

So rather than being a single point of failure or thinking of this like single sign-on, think of it more as a secure vault for your passwords. Meaning that if you're storing passwords on your computer in almost any other way, this is a more secure -- and easy to use -- way to do it. 
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