Password Management

Password Management

The overwhelming majority of people use weak passwords, and use the same ones on many sites. They do this for a good reason, who wants to have to remember a strong unique password for each of the dozens of sites they visit? Still, this is a terrible practice. If your password gets leaked on one site (there are password leaks every year, even from major sites) then attackers could use those leaks to get into all of your other accounts.

Enter password managers. Password managers are secure programs that you can use to store your passwords across all of your devices, and generate new, secure passwords on the fly. There are a ton of different password managers. Encryptr, keePass, Password Safe/pwSafe are all good ones.

Setting up Encryptr

We’re going to be using Encryptr (unless you are already using a different password manager). Encryptr has desktop applications for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Encryptr encrypts and stores your passwords in something known as a zero-knowledge cloud. This makes sure that your passwords cannot be leaked in the event of a data breach.

  1. Download and install Encryptr from https://spideroak.com/solutions/encryptr
  2. Open Encryptr
  3. Click “New to Encryptr?”
  4. Choose a username and passphrase
  5. Click “Sign Up”
  6. You can use the plus in the upper right-hand corner to add a new password, credit card, or even a text snippet
  7. If you click the password option, you will be brought to the password create screen
  8. You can then enter the information you want to, and either create your own password (make sure it’s unique!) or use the auto-generated one Encryptr has given you
  9. Click the check mark in the upper right-hand corner to save your new password, and then you will be brought back to the list of all your passwords
  10. If you click on an entry, you will be shown that entry’s information
  11. You can then double click any field to copy it!

Click here for steps with screenshots.

List of Password Managers

Encryptr
OSX 10.7+

iOS
($1.99)

Windows XP or newer

Linux

Android
LastPass
OSX 10.7+
(Safari 5+, Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 18+, Opera 11+)

iOS 6.0+

Windows
(Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 18+, Safari 5+, Opera 11+)

Linux
(Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 18+, Opera 11+)

Android 2.2+
Password Safe
OSX

iOS

Windows XP or newer

Linux

Android
pwSafe
(Uses the same format as Password Safe)

OSX ($14.99)

iOS ($2.99)

Windows

Linux

Android
KeePass (Classic edition)
OSX (under Wine)

iOS

Windows 2000 or newer

Linux (under Wine)

Android
KeePass (Professional edition)
OSX (under Mono)

iOS

Windows 98 or newer

Linux (under Mono)

Android
Keychain
(Comes default on OS 9, OSX, and iOS)

OS 9, OSX

iOS

Windows

Linux

Android
This terribly formatted table is brought to you courtesy of a programmer.