As part of my work in support for my employer iwantmyname.com I see a lot of customer complaints and frustrations but one of the most common is forgotten passwords.
Every day we hear from someone who’s forgotten their password and needs a new one. We do have a “reset password” option on the sign in page but we still end up with support cases about forgotten passwords.
And with many websites and services having different requirements for how many letters, numbers and symbols a password must have it starts to get confusing to keep track of them all.
My employer insists all staff members use 1Password to keep our corporate accounts safe so for the last two years I’ve been using 1Password for password management for my personal passwords, my work related passwords and am at the point where I don’t know any password apart from my 1Password password which is actually a 4 word phrase.
I have passwords as long as 24 characters with multiple symbols, numbers and letters that look like my keyboard threw up for every site and service I use. I’ve also started using longer more complicated user names whenever possible. The more secure the better.
Pricing is as little as $2.99 per month for a single user or $4.99 per month for a family of 5 members. There are also business accounts to help keep your business passwords secure as well. After 2 years as a user I’m beyond happy with the service at 1Password. While my employer does pay for my account for work purposes, I have subscribed to the family account for my spouse and two kids use.
Before I started using 1Password, I had used LastPass for a few years. LastPass is a similar password management tool and will also help keep your passwords and user names secure. Pricing is a little lower at $2 per month for an individual user or $4 per month for a family membership. It’s been a couple of years since I was a LastPass subscriber but I was very happy with it when I was.
I’d suggest signing up for a free trial of each service and compare them side by side for a week or two before deciding on one over the other. Each service has a different interface so pick the one that seems most intuitive for you to use and stop trying to remember your passwords or using weak passwords that are easily compromised.