Rinaldo Fowler

Use a Password Manager

2021-02-26

I don't know most of my passwords. That is, I don't rely on my memory to keep them organized.

My password manager keeps my 100+ passwords encrypted. When I need one, it prompts me for my master password, decrypts that password, and copies it to my clipboard.

What's more, I can generate long random passwords for each account. This lets me have a unique password for each account without any memorization.

If one of these passwords get stolen, I only need to reset one password. And since they're unique, I can be confident that the rest of my accounts are still secure.

I used to memorize all of my passwords. But that encouraged me to keep passwords short and memorable, as well as reuse passwords. As the number of accounts I used grew, the more often I would forget passwords. Especially for accounts I used infrequently.

Now, I'm confident that even if I neglect an account for a year, my password manager will remember.

I use pass. But if you'd prefer something with a user interface, I've used Password Safe.

Stop trusting your memory with passwords. Any password manager will be better than your memory.