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Tired of Forgetting Your Passwords? Here Are 4 Password Managers Every Business Should Consider

If your business uses a lot of Internet services, and you don’t have a password manager, you’re probably entering your login credentials much more than you need to be. It slows things down a little, or if you forget a password, it can slow things down a lot.

Password managers are exactly what they sound like. They manage your passwords so you don’t have to. When it’s time to enter a password, they provide you just what you need. It’s like taking the locks off all the doors and having easy access to every room. But such a metaphor also brings to mind security issues. All your passwords in one place? That doesn’t sound secure.

One great password manager, Dashlane, keeps all your information encrypted with the world’s leading standard encryption, AES-256 encryption, and the key that encrypts your data is derived from your master password. No trace of your key stays on Dashlane’s servers, or is transmitted on the internet, or remains on your device. Only you can decrypt your data. Even Dashlane can’t touch it.

So the first password manager you should consider is definitely Dashlane. It’s free, has a form filler, and will automatically alert you if any of the websites you use have been breached.Their premium service allows you to back up your information to the cloud and sync passwords across several devices for $20 a year.

Zoho Vault is another great option. It shares a lot of Dashlane’s security features, but it’s built for teams. Businesses can use Zoho Vault to securely share passwords among trusted members of their organization, and different access privileges can be assigned to different users. Sharing can be enabled or revoked in real time just by a single click. Zoho Vault, unlike Dashlane, does not have a form filler. It’s $1 per user per month, or free for a single user.

LastPass pretty much has it all. The security features, the syncing, the cloud backups, and the form filler. It allows you to send passwords to friends and colleagues securely. And it’s free. Totally free. The premium version gives you the ability to access your passwords from your mobile devices, and removes ads. Our own Miguel Leiva-Gomez said of LastPass, “The only problem is that you don’t have control over the encryption process.”

Miguel’s preference was for SmartSignin. In a comparison of LastPass and SmartSignin, Miguel said, “In the user-friendliness department, SmartSignin wins… LastPass has some really cool features, but they’re very confusing and lead to a load of trouble for someone who’s just looking for something with a smaller learning curve. If you want all the bells and whistles, though, LastPass is your best bet. If you want something you can just use right out of the box, go for SmartSignin … I highly suggest using SmartSignin for a full enterprise environment, as it has a more secure platform that’s easier for your employees to learn.” SmartSignin has a free option, and paid plans between $2 for a single user per month, and $6 per user per month.

When it comes to the security of your passwords, the best practices have been summed up pretty well by this XKCD comic. Four random common words are harder to crack than the uppercase, lowercase, symbol, number password. Add a few extra kickers, like a number here and there, and you’ve got a pretty great password.

Do you use a password manager? Let us know which one in the comments below!

 

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2 thoughts on “Tired of Forgetting Your Passwords? Here Are 4 Password Managers Every Business Should Consider

  1. avatarMayukh Gon

    SmartSignin is not a password manager but an IDaaS (Identity as a Service) or a cloud based Single Sign-on, Identity & Access Management service for professionals and businesses who need to manage a plethora of business apps as well as maintain control of the cloud security identity lifecycle which includes, authentication, authorization, acces management, provisioning and auditing for compliance.

    SmartSignin helps to centrally manage business and personal cloud apps, while also creating and managing user identities in a single cloud directory. SmartSignin’s basic functionality allows you to bookmark & organize your favorite websites, and access them all from any device, with just one click . All employee and partners can get access to all the necessary applications without having to remember any credentials.

    The more premium features allows businesses to authorize access to certain employees based on their job function or designation. With with just one click, new employees can be added or on-boarded and off boarded when the employee leaves the company. With built in two way integration of on-premise Identity stores such as AD/LDAP to managing identities in popular cloud IDMs, like sales force, Google Apps etc, SmartSignin consistently saves the management overhead for identity management. The two way sync allows SmartSignin to seamlessly manage your identities from either the Smartsignin dashboard or any integrated identity store.

    We are very serious about user privacy and security: we do not collect any data of people visiting our website nor do we collect any information of our users, besides their name and email address. Our patented encryption key developed in conjunction with University of Toronto makes user records immune to hacking by providing multiple unique keys against each record – keys are generated in real time by the user and the keys never leave the user’s device. No one but the user (not even the SmartSignin staff) have access to the encryption key – 100% security and privacy assured!

    I am surprised of all the mentioned companies here you did the least amount of due diligence on SmartSignin and used someone else’s.

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