Quick—look at the bottom of your computer monitor. Do you have sticky notes there reminding you of your passwords to various websites? If so, you’re not alone. Imagine how out of luck most of us would be if there wasn’t a mechanism on many sites where, within a few clicks, we can have our forgotten passwords emailed to us. And for those of us who have had our email addresses or online accounts hacked, we know how important security is.
If you’re an individual managing your own passwords, there’s a more effective way to remember all of them, and it’s even better than having your computer or browser remember them for you. It’s an alternative to the popular site Lastpass and is called Password Chameleon. Password Chameleon works by requiring that you only remember one master password. On their site, all you have to do is put in the name of the website you want to log into and your master password and it spits back a secure, unique password for that specific site. Check it out: http://www.passwordchameleon.com
If you’re an IT administrator, the way you store and retrieve passwords is a critically important issue. If you’re storing the organization’s passwords on spreadsheets or are changing them by hand, there is a better way for you, too. A took we like is called Password Manager Pro and it stores your user’s passwords in a secure vault, allows Active Directory integration, has automated password resets and much, much more. Check it out: http://www.manageengine.com/products/passwordmanagerpro/