Welcome to my blog on Personal Tech Security! I intend to write a series of posts that I hope will help others in their efforts to maintain privacy. Just because you may not fully understand the technology does not mean you do not deserve to benefit from it!
When is comes to Personal Security, the Password has become the ultimate ruler of our digital domain. However, it is often easily stolen, guessed, or socially engineered. We are repeatedly told “change your passwords frequently” and to make them “complex”, but how are we supposed to manage all of this? I believe the first best place to start would be with a Password Manager such as LastPass / bitwarden (Offline, Local Password Managers: KeePass / PasswordSafe).
Now, there are always going to be many different alternatives to the options I choose. I encourage you to explore and try things on your own. As long as your are remembering to make backup copies, you shouldn’t have to worry about loss.
Using an online Password Manager such as LastPass / bitwarden certainly carries the risk of that information being compromised. However, as with using all other web services online, you must measure the benefit of using the service vs. the potential that the service is compromised. Typically, it is the ability to share and sync your passwords that will expose you to the most risk. In my case, the ability to sync the Passwords into the iOS/Android app allows me to use strong passwords on mobile devices. If you can, you may decide to separate certain passwords into a Local Only Vault using solutions such as KeePass / PasswordSafe, especially if the passwords have no place being shared or stored online.
Let’s start by going to LastPass / bitwarden now and creating a free account. Down the road, should you choose other Password Management systems, you will be able to export your passwords into a spreadsheet. Try not to store offline passwords into LastPass / bitwarden in the first place.
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