I’ve only been in the ONID program since January, but I’ve already noticed that I’ve been using wide variety of web tools- infographic tools, timeline tools, a feed reader, a mind mapping tool, and so on. Each of these tools requires a new login and password, and up till now, I’ve kept track of all of these logins/passwords in a Word document. Since that probably isn’t very secure, and definitely isn’t very organized since it’s just a list (in no particular order), I decided to try out a password manager.
I started by just googling “best password manager,” and came across this article. Honestly, that overwhelmed me a little bit since (a) I didn’t want to pay for anything, and (b) I wasn’t even sure what some of these features were.
So, I went to the app store on my Mac. First, I downloaded the app “Keeper.” You login with a master password on this screen:
Then, you can organize your passwords into folders, entering a title, login, password, URL, and notes.
I liked the organization style. However, after I put in a few of my passwords, I realized that I only was signed up for a free 30-day trial, so I went back to the app store and downloaded Dashlane. It seemed to function similarly, and looks like this when you login:
You can’t organize passwords into folders like you can in Keeper, but I liked that you can sort sites alphabetically, category, most used, least used, etc. Too, once you have the password typed in, you can either click a button that takes you directly to the site (and logs you in), or, you can copy it and go to the site on your own. Dashlane also shows you how very-not-secure your passwords are (yikes), can generate secure passwords for you, and can change your passwords automatically. I haven’t tried out these features yet, but as I get more comfortable trusting Dashlane, I assume it will improve my productivity. At the very least, now I have a better way to sort and store my passwords.