make use of your browser's password manager.
There's just no getting away from it, you have to use strong & complex passwords these days.
If you want proof check out Why You Should Use Strong Passwords
The problem is that such passwords are difficult to use in everyday life. For instance, there's no way I can remember that u@aVPT7Xv!78W5zgiy4F is my password for Gmail & when I roll up at Netflix it's ^YE7eEFBTjJSkV4^&ynj. The truth is I'd have problems even typing those passwords.
And that right there is the main problem with strong passwords. We need so many of them. Every website account needs it's own unique and complex password.
One of the easiest ways to manage your passwords is by using your web browser. Most, if not all, have built-in password managers, and since you're already using your browser to surf the net, why not make use of its capabilities.
Each browser easy slightly different, so we'll look at the big three browsers, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox.
google chrome password manager.
You'll see Google Chrome's password manager kick into action whenever you sign into a new website.
After you've entered the password, Chrome will offer to save it for you.
If you click the SAVE button, your Username and Password for that site will be saved in Chrome's password vault.
The next time you need to sign into that particular website, Chrome will automatically fill in your details (username & password). It's that easy and probably no surprise to you.
But there's more to it than that.
While you've got Chrome open, click the Settings icon (the 3 vertical dots) in the top right hand corner of the window.
On the menu that opens, click SETTINGS.
At the top of the passwords page, we've got options for turning "Save Passwords" and "Auto Sign-in" on or off.
If your using a dedicated Password Manager, turn these options off to stop Chrome getting in the way.
For our purposes, we want them turned on. We're going to use Chrome as our password manager.
If you've been using Chrome and saving your passwords, you may have a very long list here.
weak passwords in chrome password manager.
You'll notice that for each of my saved passwords, there's a CHANGE PASSWORD button.
What's happening is that Chrome has checked through my passwords and found them to be weak. Easily cracked. Rubbish in fact.
And it's suggesting that I should change them to something stronger. Better.
Clicking the CHANGE PASSWORD button will take you to the website that the password refers to. From there you should be able to find your account page and change the password to something more complex.
At least that's the idea. Unfortunately, with some websites, finding the page where you can change your password isn't as easy as it should be.
But if you can, I'd strongly suggest that you do it. It's time-consuming and a pain, but ultimately worth the effort.
generate secure passwords with chrome's password manager
Trying to come up with a strong secure password to use for an online account is difficult. As soon as we get to the password box, a lot of us just go blank.
But Google Chrome can help you out here. Chrome will suggest a secure password that you can use. And then save that password for you.
In order for this to work, you have to be signed into your Google account and turn on Sync.
You've already got a Google account if you have a Gmail email account or an Android phone.
If not, a Google account is free and easy to set up How to Create a Google Account.
To sign in and turn on Sync in Google Chrome, click the little avatar (picture) in the top right hand corner of the window.
On the window that opens, click the TURN ON SYNC button.
From now on, whenever you're signing up to a new account, when you click into the password box, Chrome will throw up a "suggestion".
To enter the password that Chrome has "suggested", you don't even need to type it in.
Just click USE SUGGESTED PASSWORD and it'll be inserted into the password box, and saved to your account passwords.
Setting a strong, unique password like this is ridiculously easy compared to trying to think them up for yourself.
It's just 2 clicks, 1 click in the password box and then another on "Use suggested password". Job done.
Your password is automatically saved into your account so you won't actually have to type it in.
the microsoft edge password manager.
Just like Chrome, Microsoft Edge has a password manager built right into it.
So if you're a confirmed Edge user, this is how you can make use of it.
Whenever you sign in to a new website, Edge will offer to save your username and password.
Click the SAVE button.
From now on, when you come back to this site, Edge will automatically fill in your credentials.
To see what passwords are already saved in Edge, click the 3 horizontal dots in the top right corner of the window.
On the menu that opens, click SETTINGS.
You can see what passwords Edge has already saved for you along with the username.
The actual passwords are obscured by a series of dots, but if you want to see your password, click the "eye" icon on the right of each entry.
generating secure passwords in edge.
Most of the passwords you've already got saved in Edge, you probably created yourself when signing up for an account. And most likely, they're weak passwords.
But Microsoft Edge can generate very secure passwords for you. Not only that, but it automatically saves those passwords into your account so you won't have to try to type them out.
In order for this to work, you'll need to sign in to your Microsoft account.
You'll have a Microsoft account if you've got a Hotmail, Live mail, Outlook or MSN Email account (address). Also, if you've got an Xbox account.
If not, you can easily create a Microsoft account, it's quick and free.
To sign in to your Microsoft account, click the avatar (picture) in the top right of the window.
Then click the SIGN IN button.
When you turn on sync, you should see the option to "Suggest strong passwords" turn itself on.
If it doesn't do so automatically, click the switch to turn it on manually.
From now on, any time that you click into a password box, Edge will "suggest" a password for you to use.
To use it, simply click on it and the password will be inserted into the password box and automatically added to the list of your saved passwords.
To fill in a new, unique and strong password like this takes just 2 clicks of the mouse. Everything is virtually automatic, you don't need to type anything, at least as far as your password is concerned.
It's incredibly easy to use and makes having different passwords for every website achievable.
using the mozilla firefox password manager.
Firefox has a password manager built into it. If you're a regular user of Firefox, then you've probably seen it asking to save your login credentials from time to time.
Clicking the SAVE button, save your username and password for a particular website into the Firefox password manager.
To see which passwords Firefox already has, click the 3 horizontal lines in the top right corner of the window.
Then, on the menu that opens, click LOGINS AND PASSWORDS.
In the left-hand panel, you'll see all the accounts which Firefox is holding.
Left-click on an account to view it.
In the main panel, you'll see the details of that account.
The password is obscured by a series of dots. To view the password, click the "eye" icon beside it.
generating secure passwords in firefox.
Firefox can do more than just store your passwords, it can create them. Strong and complex.
When you click into a password box, Firefox will automatically create (or generate) a unique and complex password for you.
To use the one that Firefox has created, just click on it.
The password will automatically be filled into the password box and it'll be saved into Firefox's password manager.
make use of your browser's password manager
In today's online world, it's simply not possible for us to manage our passwords. For most of us anyway.
We need help. We need a fast, easy method of creating and storing passwords. And while there are numerous options available, they all have their pros and cons.
Chrome, Edge and Firefox have efficient, powerful password managers built right into them. So it makes sense to me to make use of what's already there.
There's a couple of downsides to using a web browser's built-in password manager. For instance, if you've been using Chrome and suddenly decide to try Edge or Firefox, your login details won't be there immediately. You can usually import them though.
Then there's the question of account security. Browsers can easily become infected with malware, again this is generally easily fixed by being careful what add-ons or extensions you use.
And a quick sweep with a program like Malwarebytes will also help keep your web browser clean How to use Malwarebytes Free.
And while many people will advocate some sort of dedicated password manager, I think that the ones built into Chrome, Edge and Firefox are pretty good and will serve most people well.