Password managers keep your passwords safe.

Robust cybersecurity practices hold immense importance in today’s digital age. At the forefront of safeguarding our online identities lies the humble yet indispensable tool: the password. With the average internet user juggling dozens, if not hundreds, of accounts across various platforms, the temptation to resort to weak, easily guessable passwords or reuse the same credentials across multiple sites is all too common. A good password manager can manage all your passwords securely and conveniently.

A research study by IDC found “workers have to remember 50 to 120 passwords. The impossibility of maintaining complex passwords for all those accounts leads to poor password hygiene.” These practices leave individuals vulnerable to a lot of cybersecurity threats, including data breaches, identity theft, and unauthorized access to sensitive information. Managing passwords has become increasingly complex and challenging. “‘Too many passwords‘ is a key challenge for 36% of large organizations, and for 40% of public sector organizations.” This is where password managers emerge as indispensable tools, offering a secure and convenient solution to the complex problem of password management. They allow companies of all sizes to improve access to strong passwords, increase security, and promote best practices. Password managers are vital to securing the cyber landscape.


Good password management software improves security in several ways:

Password Strength

Password managers generate strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts, eliminating the opportunity for an end-user to reuse or create weak passwords. They securely store passwords behind a master password that is known only to that user, or with a biometric authentication unique to that user. What makes a “strong” password? I’m glad you asked.

All passwords should be long. How long is up to you, but know that longer passwords are exponentially more difficult to hack. A password 10 characters long is substantially better than one that is 9 characters long. And don’t think you’re being sneaky by swapping out characters for symbols or numbers. You aren’t the only one who thinks a “3” can replace an “E”, or an “I” looks like an “!”. Those tricks don’t work.

I recommend a password be no less than 30 characters, using a mix of uppercase, lower-case, numbers, and symbols. I know it seems like a lot, but remember: you only have to remember one strong password to access the password manager. Let it do the heavy lifting of remember the other strong passwords. If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of remember a long stream of random characters, then use a passphrase instead. my House is red with a large back Yard, 2 Cats, and 1 Horse Now that’s long. It has 59 characters, uses mixed case (I capitalized the nouns), uses numbers and punctuation. Choosing a passphrase is not only strong but can be easily memorized.


Remembering multiple passwords is difficult. Password managers store all your passwords in one location, accessible with a single master password. This centralizes the management of all your accounts, while keeping the details encrypted. Besides storing passwords, a good password manager will also store credit card information, addresses, notes, and other information that is important to keep together and secured.

Protection Against Phishing

Many password managers include features like auto-fill and auto-login, which can help protect against phishing attacks by only filling in passwords on legitimate websites. Password managers can help prevent falling victim to phishing attacks by only auto-filling passwords on legitimate websites, reducing the risk of entering credentials on fraudulent sites.

Encrypted storage

Password managers use strong encryption to store your passwords. Remember, the strength of the security is based on the strength of your password. Your master password is part of the algorithm to both encrypt and decrypt your data. Make sure you use a strong master password.

Cross-device synchronization

If you’ve got multiple devices on which you access your various accounts, your password manager will have you covered. Your data will synchronize across multiple devices, so you can securely log in from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.


Password managers will auto-fill login forms, streamlining the login process for websites and applications.

Security Audits

A good password manager will analyze your passwords for weaknesses, identify duplicate or weak passwords, and check the dark web for signs of compromise. For businesses, many password managers can even provide the administrator with audits of who is accessing which passwords, and when, allowing businesses to ensure only authorized employees have the proper access to the passwords. If there is a data breach, the audit can tell you who used that password at the time of the breach.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Support

Many password managers support MFA, adding an extra layer of security to your accounts beyond just passwords. They can generate the Time-based one-time password (TOTP) that’s used to create the 6-digit, second-factor authentication, removing the need for a separate application.

Secure Sharing

The password manager can securely share information with other people. For example, you can securely share the password to a shared resource with your colleagues. Taking the security even further, some password managers allow you to share that password without ever disclosing it! When you share the password with your colleagues, they will not see the content behind the dots masking it. They can still copy and paste it into the password field, allowing them to use the password without seeing it.


Many industry and government regulations, such as HIPAA, SOX, and PCI DSS emphasize the importance of implementing strong security measures to protect sensitive data, including passwords. Using password managers can help your organization comply with these regulations by improving password security, reducing the risk of unauthorized access, and facilitating the management of complex password requirements.


When selecting a secure password manager, consider the following features:

End-to-End Encryption

The password manager should use strong encryption to protect your data both in transit and at rest. Look for options with end-to-end encryption, where only you have access to your master password and decryption keys.

Zero-Knowledge Architecture

Your password manager should implement a zero-knowledge security model. This means the vendor has no knowledge of your master password or the data stored within your vault. Be aware: a zero-knowledge password manager means if you forget your master password, there is no way for the vendor to help you recover your data. You must make sure you have a good, secured backup of your password manager data, and your master password.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA typically involves a combination of three things: something you know (password), something you have (such as a smartphone, TOTP, or security key), and something you are (biometric data). Each of these is a “factor”. Your password is the most common first-factor used to identify yourself. The password manager should be able to provide the “something you have” as a second-factor. This is usually a 6-digit TOTP code that’s generated every 30 seconds.

Audit and Security History

Look for password managers that allow you to review your account’s security history and audit the strength of your passwords. A good password manager will show you weak passwords, duplicate passwords, when your password was last accessed, and will even search the dark web for signs of a password breach.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

Almost all password managers are compatible with all the devices and operating systems you use. This enables seamless access to your passwords across all your devices.

Secure Sharing Options

If you need to share passwords with trusted individuals or team members, look for a password manager that provides secure sharing options. The software must encrypt the data both at rest and in transit and provide you with options to limit access to it, including revoking their access to the password.

Regular Software Updates

A reputable provider regularly releases software updates and security patches to address vulnerabilities and improve overall security.

Most reputable password managers will offer most, if not all, of these features, so you shouldn’t have to look too far to find a password manager that fits your workflow.


Password manager software has one of the biggest returns on investment for any business looking to improve their cybersecurity position. The cost is negligible, yet the gains are significant. Overall, password managers are essential tools for both personal and professional cybersecurity, providing a balance between security and convenience. Move beyond weak, predictable passwords. Get rid of sticky notes. How will you feel knowing you put your customers at risk because you made a poor decision in how you manage you passwords? There is a better way. I can help.

If you are tired of managing countless passwords, worried about data breaches, or struggling to ensure compliance with security regulations, don’t wait until it’s too late. Call now at (361) 444-1200 to learn more about password management software and how they can help you stay secure in an increasingly connected world.