Yes, You Need a Password Manager
Are all of your important passwords written down somewhere? Maybe on a sheet of paper in your desk? If so, it's probably time to upgrade to a password manager. Barron Henley writes in the March Illinois Bar Journal.
"A password manager is a program that can securely store and organize passwords, login credentials, credit card information, bank account information, IDs (driver's licenses, passports, etc.), and any other piece of information you might need (e.g., your children's social security numbers, your Delta frequent flyer number, or the license plate number for your car)," Henley writes.
Password managers enable you to keep your sign-in credentials in one place and access them from your computer, phone, or other device, Henley says. "All password managers will generate and store strong passwords so you don't have to make them up," he writes. "Password managers inform you if any of your passwords are weak and recommend that they be changed." They can also "tell you how many different websites are using the same password (it's not recommended that you use the same password for everything)" and "notify you if security breaches are reported for any of your accounts," Henley writes.
Get pointers on choosing the right password manager in the March IBJ and by visiting the password manager comparison chart at ISBA's Practice HQ.