Password manager

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A password manager puts all your passwords in a digital safe and protects them with a master password. So you only have to remember one password to access all your accounts. Many people now use 1 password for many services, or variations of 1 basic password for other services. That entails risks. Password managers allows the user to use a unique password for each service, so if a password is stolen, only one service is affected, but there is no danger to other services. These password managers can automatically create advanced passwords, such as aQ/3cZtf2f8`6W^37JS82yvW, and then store them. These kind of passwords are virtually uncrackable or easy to guess for a hacker.

Another advantage of a password manager is the possibility to automatically enter your login details at websites. This protects you from many phishing attacks. If a website address is not correct, such as your bank's web-address, a password manager will not enter your bank credentials there. You can also use a password manager to store notes, for example the answers to secret questions that you sometimes have to create.

Bitwarden

Bitwarden

There are many good password managers on the market. Many are free and often offer the option to pay for additional functionality.

From the Nikhef CT, we recommend Bitwarden. It is a free (open source) password manager that offers a good user experience, is secure and is available on every platform you can think about.

Bitwarden has a very extensive help functionality that helps you to get started.

Start here by making an account: Create Your Bitwarden Account. After creating an account you can use Get Started with Desktop Apps & Get Started with Mobile Apps to download the apps for your platform of choice.