If you do anything online — check email, buy products, do you banking, manage a website — you have a list of passwords that you have to remember. And, I bet that they don’t all follow the guidelines for a secure password: at least seven characters long, with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols like ! ” ? $ % ^ &. In fact, I bet a bunch of your passwords are actually identical.
The problem with using the same password across multiple accounts is that if someone were to hack your password on just one of those accounts, that person would then have access to all that you do online. Much like handing a burglar the key to the front door of your house — it doesn’t matter how fancy the lock is if they have the key that opens it.
But, let’s face it, managing all of these passwords is a challenge. They are difficult to remember if you don’t write them down somewhere. But if you write them down, you could misplace that paper…. or someone could break into your house and find the paper you’ve written them on.
Thankfully, someone created a better way. It’s called Passpack and it has to be the best thing I have found in a long time. I’ve been using it for a week and I am super excited about it. Not only can I stop even trying to remember all of the passwords that I use, but I can now easily change all of those passwords to be even more secure (and even use combinations that are difficult to type by memory).
The people who created Passpack are obviously serious about helping people to be more secure online. Their basic account is completely free; not a free trial, but simply free. This is the account that most people will use: you can store up to 100 passwords which is sufficient for most people. Only if you want to share your passwords with others do you have to step up to a paid plan (the sharing feature is the reason I signed up, but more about that later). And those paid plans? They start at just $1.50 a month.
Why Use Passpack?
Secure Storage Online, Accessible From Anywhere. Need to access your IRA account while on vacation, but don’t remember your password? Not a problem. Just create a disposable password for your Passpack account before you leave and safely access all of your accounts from anywhere, without worrying about the security of the computer or network you are using. Storing passwords online is better than your memory and more durable than paper.
One-Click Login. Install your personal login button in any browser, then simply click to login to your favorite websites. You must be logged in to Passpack in another browser tab or window for this to work, so you can safely use it on shared computers.
Share Securely with Others. Invite the people you want to share with to Passpack — your spouse, your assistant, your team members — and then share passwords with them on an individual, as-needed basis. Every person you share with creates his or her own free account on Passpack, with their own login credentials, so no one else ever needs to have access to your account but you.
Easily Update Your Passwords. Changing your password frequently is a good extra measure of security, but keeping everyone updated can get complicated. Make those changes in one Passpack account — yours — and they are automatically updated for everyone you share them with.
Secure Encryption. Passpack uses the same high-level encryption that banks use to protect your passwords and has extra security features to foil even the most creative hacker. Need to share sensitive information that isn’t a password? Use the messaging feature and they will encrypt it for you. Or, simply encrypt a password and then send it in a regular email.
Securely Pass Your Passwords on to Your Heirs: If you own a business, have you ever wondered what would happen if you were suddenly incapacitated or died? Would your heirs be able to access all of your business accounts? You could keep a list of them somewhere and let your heirs know where it is, but then you’d be constantly having to update it. Instead, put all of your passwords in Passpack, then put only your Passpack account information in your will (or safe deposit box). In the event of your death, your heirs would have easy access to all of your accounts, making managing your affairs easy. Or, upgrade to a paid account and share the appropriate passwords with your spouse (or other heir).
As time goes on, more and more of our daily activities are being done online, from hanging out on social media sites, to paying the bills. Each of these websites has its own username and password to remember.
Make remembering these passwords easier for yourself — while also making the passwords themselves more complicated and secure — by signing up for Passpack. Take their free account for a spin. I think you’ll fall in love with the ease of use just as much as I did; plus, it will help you sleep better as night too. How can you beat that?