Password Management Best Practices

It is always more secure to use multiple formats of authentication (For example, you can choose if you want Password Manager to open its password database on entering the master password only or on entering the master password and plugging security key into a USB port of your PC). However, passwords still remain the most convenient form of user authentication.

Password Security Rules

Your password may be compromised in many ways. Password is just a secret word or phrase. If you write it down and share it, your password is no longer secret. The password may be guessed by a person who knows you well or by a program designed to try all possibilities like dictionary words and then random character combinations. Therefore, it is sensible to adhere to the following password security rules:

  • Do not write passwords down. If you do, use a lock box to store the passwords, do not leave them unprotected.
  • Use strong passwords containing a combination of characters, numbers and punctuation marks or other "special" characters. Do not include any personal information like your name or birth date into the password.
  • Use long password or pass phrases, at least seven characters long.
  • Use a different password for each account.
  • Change passwords frequently. If the password is compromised, change it immediately.

As you see, if your password meets these requirements, it is not easy to guess it but it is also difficult to remember it.

Software to Safeguard Passwords

To help you secure your passwords, Password Manager allows you to store an unlimited number of passwords in an encrypted database. Use a built-in Password Generator to get random passwords containing a mix of upper and lowercase characters, numbers and special characters. Set a password expiration date to be prompted to change the password in time.

For the full list of Password Manager features, see What is Password Manager.