Use of passwords are on the rise as we have so many web sites like web based emails, social and business network sites, web applications, e-commerce sites, online banking sites, online trading sites, file sharing sites, airline sites and many more out there in the wild internet
To protect your user accounts in these sites, the primary defense in most cases is passwords, more passwords and more more passwords. Security guys like me keep on advising having different passwords for different sites; it is easier said than done. On an average a normal internet user will have around 25 user accounts. Hmm why not use the same password? Keeping aside the security problems, think about these issues.
- Different sites have different password policies. Some have the change password policy as 14 days and some others have 30 days
- Some sites have your email as the password (and you have 5 emails) others allow you to choose your username. At the end of it you have many usernames like the password
These two primary issues lead us to using password managers. Now the conventional password managers are desktop based, which are locally installable. The only challenge of the desktop password managers are, it is available only in the computer where it is installed. What about other computers? What if you are travelling and not carrying the computer. There are many scenarios where you will not have the password manager available for your use.
A key solution is to use the web based password managers. I am listing three web based password managers I have used in the past.
Passpack allows you to store your passwords securely online. A key feature of this tool is tagging; you can tag your URL’s and passwords based on the contest. It supports the oe click Autologin to the websites. Filtering options helps you find the passwords quickly. A key feature of Passpack is the capability to share the password with a group, this is particularly useful for families. You can have your passwords synced to the PassPak desktop tool for offline usage.
The Last Password you will have to remember! This is my favorite. This not only, remembers the passwords but also secures your notes and also does form filling. It supports offline syncing using its own tool. One click login to all websites you have account with. Another key feature I like is the auto sync of passwords across all browsers. So it does not matter whether you use IE or firefox or Safari. It allows password sharing between individuals. Import and export of passwords as well as backup and restore. Generation of secure passwords and identification of strong passwords etc are some of the useful features.
Checkout their features here
Clipperz is an easy to use web based password manager. It allows you to be completely anonymous. Registration does not require any personally identifiable information. It allows one click login to any websites you have account with. It has a firefox plugin and allows direct usage. An encrypted offline copy (read only) can be downloaded to the hard disk or USB. Most Important reason why I like Clipperz is that it is Open source, yes, you can see and suggest the source and also ensure that there is nothing freeky about this application.
You may also would like to checkout the previous post on the best password managers
A word of caution, the web based password manager websites are key targets for phishing attacks. Don’t be a victim of phishing attacks; if your passwords have gone into wrong hands, fire breathing dragons will take over your world.