Wall Street Journal | 05.06.14

The Best Way to Manage All Your Passwords

By Geoffrey A. Fowler

There’s a war raging between hackers and companies, and you’re caught in the crossfire. Every time a company gets hacked, you have to change your password. And don’t you dare reuse it somewhere else.

Dreaming up a different password for every site and service is the only way to keep your stuff safe online, but it’s also a gigantic nuisance. There’s one thing you can—and should—do to help: Get a password manager program.

I have more than 150 different logins and counting. I’d have to be Rain Man to memorize that many passwords. So I went on a hunt for the best services for storing all my passwords, and whittled down the list to four that get the job done and offer enough security for most of us: 1Password, Dashlane, LastPass and PasswordBox.

LastPass is a good choice for people who use newer technology like fingerprint scanners. For the really paranoid, 1Password offers the most control over where your encrypted vault of passwords gets stored.

For most people, I recommend Dashlane. It’s simple, so you’ll actually use it. It may even save you clicks.

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