How to manage your passwords?
- Are you forgetful?
- Do you have credentials to dozens of online sites?
- Are you often found using Password Reset Links?
- Do you often need to share the password to your site with someone else.. Possibly a freelance developer? or some support guy to fix things up for you?
Worry not. The secret is in The Lord of The Rings:
“One Ring to Rule Them All” – J.R.R Tolkiens – The Lord of The Rings
In our case.. their won’t be a magic ring.. rather a master password to a program.. that stores all our passwords.
A program that will reside on your desktop, in your browser.. and even on your mobiles… One Program.. One Password.. and all your hassles gone.
“LastPass” my friends. I have been an avid user of this program for more than 4 years in a row now. I am a developer, and I have worked on hundreds of different sites for my clients. It is not an easy task to remember all the passwords, especially when you are juggling between the tasks.
Now consider for example, You get some critical error on a live site.. but Almighty.. what was the password again.. I have been in this situation.. spending my precious time on remembering and resetting passwords.. which are secondary to the problem that I need to solve.
I will hear rants from security freaks.. It won’t be safe.. It will be hacked.. Using one site to store all your passwords..
Well.. try remembering 2-3 most important passwords for your ultra secure inboxes, and use any password keeper for the rest of them.. Sounds reasonable?
And.. as mentioned in one of my earlier articles.. security is a matter of time.. Even if you are extra careful, your website’s server might get hacked.. The promise here is productivity.. You can always change your password after getting your work done from a third person or after sharing it with someone, which is common in the software world. You share your password for a task, as soon as it is done.. you change the passwords.
So for such tasks, where the issue is not security but some particular problem.. why not let a software handle the passwords for you. Why waste your energy and memory in such trivial tasks. Let the software auto popup with a list of saved usernames and passwords when you visit the relevant site.
There are many tools out there, with browser extensions, desktop versions and mobile versions. Give any of them a try. I personally use LastPass, It is quick and easy for single users. I am listing below few notable password keepers.
Give your memory a favor and stop hunting your memory lanes for lost passwords…