Password Management

Password Management

Last week we discussed methods of remembering your passwords. Today we will be looking into a few different password manager apps for storing your passwords. If you didn’t read last week’s blog you can find it here, but just to recap, password manager apps are apps either on a mobile device or computer that stores your passwords in an encrypted format so you don’t forget them.

Definitions

The two main key words to look for when reviewing password managers are:
Password Manager Apps

Encryption:  This is the most important element of your app and dictates how your passwords are stored. Encrypting your data means no-one can read it unless they have the master password. This process is better performed on your device and is referred to “Local Encryption”. This means your passwords are encrypted before being sent across the Internet, where it could be intercepted.

 

Password Manager Apps

Cloud Sync: When you see this term it means your passwords are stored in the Cloud, i.e. not on your device but the Password Manager’s server. By storing your data in the Cloud it allows you to sync you stored passwords across the devices that the app supports.

Some Leading Apps

Following are some of the leading apps available on the market. It is impossible to list all the features of each as there are so many therefore this list is intended to give you an introduction.

Lastpass

LastPass is free for all computer browsers but it also has additional paid features like mobile apps which cost £12 a year. There is also an enterprise version with a trial so you can consolidate all your business user passwords securely into one place. The main features are as follows:
Password Manager Apps: LastPass

  • World standard encryption, AES-256
  • Local encryption
  • Multifactor authentication on log in for additional security
  • Browser add-on for all browsers
  • Cloud sync as standard

eWallet

mSecure is a password app for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android and costs only £6.99. Other versions for PC and MAC are also available. The main features are as follows:

Password Manager Apps: eWallet

  • World standard encryption, AES-256
  • Local encryption
  • Versions for all devices
  • Can also store card and bank details
  • Stores passwords locally and can sync to other devices over WiFi

mSecure

mSecure is a password app for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android and costs only £6.99. Other versions for PC and MAC are also available. The main features are as follows:
Password Manager Apps: mSecure

  • 256bit Blowfish encryption that has never been cracked
  • Local Encryption
  • Optional self-destruct if a hacker attempts to guess your password
  • Cloud sync available through dropbox and iCloud accounts
  • Very simple and easy to use

Conclusion

We suggest that you look at reviews by long term users of these programs to find out which would be best for you. However using the details listed here should help you narrow down your list of apps to review.

As these features are pretty standard across all types of password managers you shouldn’t choose one that doesn’t have some of the ones listed here. But each app has different additional features, which you may or may not find useful, some may even be too feature-rich and therefore too confusing for simply storing passwords.