Remember the post I write on creating a cybersecurity certified password? And remember that section where I shared some tips on how to create a secure password? Well, that really work. But there is a catch. You need to do that for all the accounts you have that required a password. Scary is it? Well, today, we are going to talk about a tool that will help us to solve this problem, and whether it is safe to use those tools.
So, what is a password manager? Simple layman term will be, software or application that allows you to store all your passwords securely. There are various version and types available, some free and some require a fee. All and all, it serves the purpose of saving your password all at one place, so you can easily access it anytime you one.
Well, when I say securely, it’s an arguable term. There are people at both side of the edge, some said it is secure, some said it is bad. And I am here today to summarize this argument.
Is it secure?
Yes, and No. It’s very interesting because it depends on what you are comparing with. Let’s look into it one by one.
Password Manager vs The Brain
Well, I think we have a clear winner, don’t we? There is basically no one best place to store your password than your own brain. As long as you can memorize the password that is created based on the Password creation guide, then yes, our brain will win this fight, without the shout of a doubt.
But here is the thing, there are just too many passwords to be remembered. And don’t forget, every single one of it must be unique and special. Every cybersecurity expert will surely against the use of the same password for a different channel. So yes, if one can remember all the passwords, then the brain is sure to win.
Password Manager vs Paper and Pen
Well, you see, this one is the most arguably rival. Some said that at least you write it on your paper, people that have access to it will be people near you, but if save it on the password manager, once it gets hacked, it might become a “universal password”.
Firstly, we need to get things out of the way first. Most password manager uses AES-256 key cipher (The one used by America National Security Agency (NSA) to store Top Secret Information), which is considered as the uncrackable key cipher.
So, it’s obvious that…
Although the statement of “universal Password” might be true but come to think of it, if people near you having access to your password, isn’t that more dangerous? Since they know what to look for. Plus, the paper is something that can be easily misplaced, whilst Password manager software/app can be easily downloaded. For password manager, all we need to do is remember one password and that’s it, we can have all our password saved in there.
So come to the conclusion, I will say that the Password Manager wins this round. Paper and Pen was never a good choice to store password.
So should we use the password manager?
The simple answer is yes. Although the brain is the best to store the password, a person can’t remember all passwords for all sites/platform/page. I am not saying that everyone can’t do it, but probably not many of us can. If you are thinking to use the same password across all platform then u better change them now, that’s even worse than paper and pen method. Using the same password is like using a master key for every room, and that’s a big no-no.
Let’s face it, our brain got better things to remember than hundreds of password, especially when we can delegate that task to a trusted password manager. There are many more things that we need to take note on when it comes to cybersecurity, so it is best to attend the cybersecurity awareness course to learn how to protect yourself in the internet world.