Password managers: how they help you secure passwords

Need help remembering all your online passwords? Get a password manager.

Whether it’s our email, social networks, telephone or electricity bills, online auction sites or online banking, we’re all being asked to keep track of an increasing number of passwords and pin-codes to secure our access to services online.

According to research, on average we each have 26 online logins, with 25-34-year-olds managing 40 online logins each. Those figures were from 2012 - they’re likely to have risen further since then.

So how can we remember all these passwords? For most, it's incredibly difficult and so a password manager makes sense.

What is a password manager?

A password manager is an app on your phone, tablet or computer that stores your passwords securely, so you don’t need to remember them all. Some password managers can synchronise your passwords across your different devices, making it easier to log on, wherever you are. Some can also create random, unique passwords for you, when you need to create a new password (or change an existing one).

Why would I want a password manager?

Reusing the same password across different accounts can be dangerous. A cyber criminal might steal one of your passwords, and then use it to try and access other accounts. This means they could quickly break into several of your accounts despite only knowing one password.

We know that we're supposed to create a unique, hard-to-guess password for all of our online accounts, to prevent such a scenario happening. However, this is virtually impossible to do without help. Password managers provide that help. They're designed to make using and generating passwords easier and more secure. Many can also automatically enter the appropriate password into websites and apps on your behalf, so you don't even have to type them in every time you log in.