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Password managers

Password managers hold all your passwords, alongside the system or website name, so that you can easily find your password for each system while at the same time keeping them secret and safe.

What is a password manager and why are they useful?

Password managers hold your passwords so that you don't have to remember them or write them down anywhere for fear of forgetting them. They're useful for keeping your passwords secret and safe.

They also make it easier for you to use different passwords for different sites without forgetting which one to use where. This means that should a site be compromised (such as Amazon or Netflix), then you won't have used the same password for that as for your bank, and your other accounts and website places would be safer as a result.

Remember, whether you use a password manager or not, you must never use your Raven password for any other website or account (except those covered by the University Single Sign-On service).

What password managers are recommended?

It's difficult to recommend one password manager over another because there are so many, each with different features and levels of vendor support. One person's favourite password manager may not suit the next person.

We can recommend that you read the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)'s information on what types of password manager are available, as well as their password manager buyer's guide.

Where should I store the password for my password manager?

We appreciate that this is a bit of a conundrum. If you have all your passwords in one password manager, and you forget the password manager password, then you lose access to all of your passwords.

The best advice is, again, on the NCSC website, in their article how do I protect my password manager?

 


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