by guest author, Deborah Davis

I bet you have over 100 password accounts! It sounds like a lot. Most people have at least this many. That’s a lot of passwords to remember.

How do you keep track of them? Maybe in a notebook, a computer file, on post-it’s that you stash under your computer… or perhaps you use a “password manager.”

And what about your loved ones? If you oversee an aging parent’s care, do you have a log of their account passwords (life insurance, online banking, credit card)?

It seems like everything we do now is done digitally… and a password is required. This makes it critical to not only have strong, encrypted passwords, but to have a way to store and access them securely.

A tool known as a “password manager” gives you a way to keep this sensitive information organized in one place and protected. You only need to remember ONE master password and all the others are stored safely and accessible from your devices when you need them.

LastpassLastPass, a Password Manager

So… now that you know you need a system for this VIP information, how can you keep track of them? This is where a password manager helps. There are many available that you may have heard of… RoboForm, 1Password, or Keeper. We use LastPass as it is top-rated by PCmag.com for “ease of use.”

How does it work?

LastPass is an online “vault” so to speak, for your sensitive information. You log into your LastPass account with one master password from an Internet browser and your account details will be synced across all the devices you choose. That way you can access your passwords no matter where you are (desktop, tablet, smartphone, etc.).

  1. LastPass keeps your login and password information stored safely.
  2. It inserts your credentials automatically when you are going into one of your accounts.
  3. You can instantly fill in forms with your information (such as email, address, phone…)
  4. It has a password generator tool built in as well to help you create unique/strong login info.
  5. It’s not just for passwords – if you choose, you can store credit cards so that you shop quickly online and fill in forms rapidly.
  6. Think of it as a “vault” for other sensitive information, like banking details, insurance information, private notes, and other sensitive data.

Learn more and sign up for a free LastPass account at https://www.lastpass.com