How to use automated password managers to increase your small business security

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With so many of the world’s interactions taking place behind a computer screen, it’s sadly no surprise that passwords and personal information have become such hot commodities in the online underworld. 

When passwords hold the key to our systems, our client data, our banking and our internal IP, ensuring strong password protocols are in place your team is the easiest way to save yourself a world of pain in dealing with a leak.

Whether you’re working alone or sharing login details and secure data across a sprawling team, password managers hold the (encrypted) key to digital safety and great online password hygiene. In 2020, great password management doesn’t look like your mother’s maiden name and your year of birth — here’s a taste of the password managers you can use as a key player in your arsenal of small business automation tools, fending off the uninvited.

Dashlane — Dashlane’s password manager centralizes, stores and autofills passwords, payments and personal information as you work online. With browser extensions that can automatically save passwords and logins as you browse, Dashlane’s also set up for easy management across team access. Sharing passwords and credentials via Dashlane’s Sharing Centre transmits encrypted data, compared to the unencrypted, and easily accessible, sharing of passwords by email, text or instant message.

You can share passwords from Dashlane’s free version through to its premium subscription level, with premium users receiving unlimited sharing. Choose whether recipients get full rights, limited rights, and easily revoke passwords within the Dashlane Sharing Centre.

LastPass — LastPass’s all about three simple steps: installing the LastPass password browser extension, creating a strong and secure master password, and using the LasPass password manager vault to add, view and manage items and individual website passwords. LastPass can save sites as you log in to them, can import them via email, or can receive data from another password manager.

LastPass is built on strong encryption algorithms and local-only encryption, meaning your data’s decrypted at the level of your device — LastPass itself never received the data stored in your password vault. Throw in its multi factor authentication, and your account’s sitting pretty (and highly secure).

Keeper — Keeper markets itself as the world’s #1 downloaded secure password manager and digital vault. With the same generation, store and autofill functionality of Dashlane and LastPass, Keeper also boasts an Emergency Access feature, allowing you to choose up to 5 trusted individuals who can access your account in the event of an emergency, and the ability to lock files and photos within your secure Keeper vault.

Keeper’s Security Audit feature also alerts you to any accounts which need a password update, auto-generating strong passwords as suggestions that you can elect to use for next-level security.

Skip out on recycling passwords and leaving your virtual front door wide open — these password managers will clean up your act on your behalf, and do the heavy lifting of remembering those obscure combinations.