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As mod­ern life moves in­creas­ingly on­line, the num­ber of pass­words one needs to re­mem­ber seems to grow daily. Banks, util­i­ties, credit card com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments all ask users for a (hope­fully) se­cure pass­word and ID.

While most savvy in­ter­net users know well the dan­gers of us­ing a sin­gle pass­word to ac­cess mul­ti­ple sites (what if it is hacked?), re­mem­ber­ing mul­ti­ple pass­words can be an ex­tremely frus­trat­ing chal­lenge. Yet keep­ing them on a se­ries of sticky notes at­tached to your PC mon­i­tor sim­ply doesn’t cut it.

A more se­cure op­tion is to use a pass­word man­ager. These small soft­ware pro­grams act as a dig­i­tal vault, stor­ing the pass­words and log- on IDs for ev­ery site and ser­vice you use. Once your de­tails are en­tered, you need only a sin­gle se­cure pass­word to ac­cess ev­ery­thing.

Op­tions in­clude KeePass (keepass.info), LastPass (lastpass.com) and Roboform (roboform.com). While each has unique fea­tures, they op­er­ate in a sim­i­lar way and will keep your on­line ac­tiv­i­ties as se­cure as pos­si­ble.

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