Passwords can be tricky. On one hand, you want to be secure and create a password that’s not easily cracked. On the other hand, creating passwords can often mean using special characters, numbers, and capitalization, which adds the challenge of remembering them.
This leaves people stuck somewhere in the middle… trying to create a strong password, but not one too complicated to remember. It’s commonplace for people to find a password they can remember, but then reuse the password or just change a number/character. This greatly reduces their security. If one account is hacked, any account sharing similarities can be easily hacked as well.
Just this year, Google announced that it had been storing some G-Suite user passwords in plaintext since 2005 due to a software bug. Over the last 14 years, any Google employee with access to this system could have easily stolen those passwords and used them for their own gain. But Google isn’t the only culprit of this. Facebook and Twitter also had similar plaintext issues in the past. Just imagine if the passwords for those services were used on other sites as well. One misstep and now multiple accounts could be compromised.
So how can you proceed then? For most people, the answer might lie with a password manager. A password manager will allow you to create a single VERY strong password to protect the rest of your passwords. We protect all of our sensitive client passwords with an encrypted ( https://help.bitwarden.com/article/what-encryption-is-used/ ) password manager Bitwarden. In our opinion, Bitwarden exemplifies a proper password manager by succeeding in a couple categories:
- Bitwarden is 100% open source software and is the culmination of the efforts of thousands of individuals, not any single entity.
- Bitwarden is audited by reputable third party firms and security researchers
- Bitwarden does not store your passwords, but rather an encrypted version of your passwords that you unlock
- Bitwarden has built a solid reputation in the industry
Reach out to us today to learn more about how a password manager can help streamline and protect your business. If you’d like, we can even help consult, setup, configure, and manage your password storage solutions, so you don’t have to!