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10 Top Password Managers

Tired of being stuck in password hell? Consider these password managers that balance security with convenience.
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In 2011, IBM predictedthat in five years we will not be using passwords to access secure resources such as ATMs and PCs. Instead of entering a PIN or typing a username and password into a PC, we will simply look into a camera or speak a name into a microphone, because our eyes and voices are unique, IBM says.

[Super-strong unique passwords are pointless! Join Dark Reading Radio on Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET for a grown-up conversation about passwords with Cormac Herley of Microsoft Research.]

Biometric recognition replaces the entry point for what password managers are already doing today. Companies such as RoboForm and LastPass provide a platform that requires only one complex password to access your secure websites, credit card information and even documents that you keep inside an encrypted database. Depending on the platform, the database could be stored locally, on the company's servers or even in Dropbox.

Some password managers use browser extensions that keep your data in a local profile, syncing with a cloud server. Because the data is encrypted and transferred through a secure connection, you can be reasonably confident that your data is safe.

Other password managers keep your data on a thumb drive you carry around from computer to computer. With this approach you always know where your data is -- as long as you don't leave it in a PC and walk away.

Some products are free and charge for a mobile premium; others are subscription-based or charge single flat fee. One product, Dashlane, rewards you when you use its service by awarding points you can use to earn discounts on future purchases.

Some password managers offer two-factor authentication, requiring a smartcard as well as your password to log in. With this type of two-factor authentication, even if your password is decrypted, hackers still can't access your account -- but neither can you, if you don't have your smartcard. That's why this type of authentication is usually offered as an option; most customers prefer a less-strict password management service.

All password managers do have one thing in common: They require you to remember one complex password. But complex should not mean hard to remember; it could be a sentence, for example. If you forget your master password, after all, you can't access your data -- and since the company that developed your password manager doesn't have it, you'll have to reset all your passwords and start over.

Password managers also generate complex passwords, provide import and export tools, allow for simple notes and automatically complete online forms for more efficient online checkout. Here are 10 password manager tools worth considering.

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Laurianne
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5/2/2013 | 6:31:46 PM
re: 10 Top Password Managers
Hi Leo. As Editor in Chief of InformationWeek, I work hard to please our readers. Right here, we are having a useful, critical discussion about password tools -- even getting additional ideas for readers, from readers. That is the sort of discussion I love to see.

I value honest feedback on what we are doing right and wrong, as well. Not sure what you are referencing re. New Year's resolutions -- mine involved exercise.

Many of our readers tell us they like apps/tools slideshows because they offer a convenient package of links along with guidance, in a digestible format. I am sorry you don't like slideshows, and to be honest, you're not alone. Some people do not care for the slideshow format. I can respect that. I don't like every dish at my favorite restaurant. I hope you will find other content that is appealing and valuable to you on our site.

Laurianne McLaughlin
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SkyRanger
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SkyRanger,
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5/3/2013 | 12:25:04 PM
re: 10 Top Password Managers
Laurianne, InformationWeek rocks! Keep up the great work as you are very relevant for me (format and all) and one of my favorites websites worth visiting in my very busy life. Thanks, SkyRanger
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/3/2013 | 7:37:09 PM
re: 10 Top Password Managers
Thank you for chiming in! Laurianne
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5/6/2013 | 1:51:57 PM
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I'm sick of reading asinine complaints about slide shows whenever one is posted.
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7/1/2013 | 12:53:07 PM
re: 10 Top Password Managers
I highly recommend SplashId , because i have used it myself. Browser integration is fabulous. Also it is very easy to use. As soon as you create your account, you can actually set a pattern for splashid login, therefore you technically have to remember zero passwords. Extremely secure for USB usages as well. highly recommended.
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7/2/2013 | 2:57:59 AM
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I've found Passpack (passpack.com) to be a great password manager for those business cases where you need to share passwords among certain individuals or groups of people.
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8/9/2013 | 10:58:54 AM
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I second Steve's Password Wallet shout-out. I've likewise been using it since the Palm days. Excellent software, works across desktops and mobile devices, has long done just what it advertises.
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8/31/2013 | 3:59:46 PM
re: 10 Top Password Managers
is it support cloud
kdillon148
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9/12/2013 | 7:44:02 AM
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Why didn't I see Avast! Easy Pass listed? I have it and love it. I also use Avast! Internet Security. Of course I'm only running a small home network with 3 computers, and my X10 home security/surveillance system and in process automated household system.
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9/12/2013 | 7:47:56 AM
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Yeah, why give these marketing gurus all of our private and business contact lists, just for a lousy chance to post a comment. Uh-Oh did I sign onto InformationWeek giving InfoWeek my info???
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