I recently heard password manager apps described as “just part of the table stakes needed to play safely in today’s cyber world.” But for many, I know the thought of having to add even one more step to daily IT safety routines brings a cringe and a groan.
We all had to learn to use smartphones after cell phones, and mobile usage after desktop/office-only usage. Two-factor authentication (2FA) and password manager apps are just the next step, and will soon be comfortable for you and will give you greater peace of mind.
So you choose a password manager like LastPass or Dashlane, then you will load it with your current passwords, then you need to audit your passwords to see if your manager app needs to generate a new and more secure alphanumeric combination. And in the future, as you set up new accounts online, your password manager will be your go-to for automatic password generation and storage.
Here Is A Suggested Read For A More Complete How-To
I recommend you read a good walk-through article from The Verge, an American media network that covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. The article linked above uses LastPass to walk you through the process of incorporating a password manager app into your every day IT safety routine.
Using a password manager app is so important these days, and enough cannot be said about doing all you can to safeguard your business (and personal) data. To that end, I’ll circle back to the urgency of also using 2FA as a part of your daily IT defense.
Jason Newburg, 260.243.5100, ext 2001, is the founder and owner of Aptica LLC. This IT management and support company has been serving small to medium-sized businesses for 15 years in the area that includes Angola, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Toledo, OH.