What is a Website Password Manager?

August 30, 2011, By Christian Cawley

If you have a lot of online accounts, some sort of website password manager would be a good choice. You might have a webmail account, an online banking account and even a Facebook account – but you might also have membership to a variety of online discussion forums, other webmail accounts that you don’t use that often, and even have online access to your credit card account.

What is a Website Password Manager?

This is a lot of information to remember, which is why a password manager is a good application to employ. Using one of these tools means you don’t have to look around for scrap of paper that you “might” have written your password on, or going through the “I have forgotten my password” routine.

Top Website Password Managers

There are good password managers, and there are bad password managers. For the purposes of storing your website passwords, the best application should be accessible via your browser, perhaps as a toolbar add-on.

Many applications want to be the one that you choose to manage your passwords. Whichever you choose, you should look for one with a good reputation, is secure and won’t lose your passwords!

Coming up is a selection of password managers that are both free, open source and premium, as well as a handy tip for retaining a secure record of your passwords using a common day to day Microsoft app.

Download These Password Managers

The following password managers can be downloaded.

RoboForm

Both a password manager and a form filler, RoboForm is available from www.roboform.com. One of the most popular and highly regarded password solutions, it allows you to easily randomize, manage, encrypt passwords and even synchronize passwords between multiple computers, as well as single click form filling.

RoboForm comes in both free and premium versions, with the Pro release offering more than the basic 10 passcards.

KeePass

KeePass (right) is an open source website password manager that is also free to download and use. Providing secure access to passwords for webpages, FTP accounts, KeePass doesn’t however have browser integration – effectively it is a completely separate app that requires you to copy passwords to your login prompt.

Download KeePass free from keepass.info.

StickyPassword

StickyPassword is a premium option – they offer a 30-day trial to new users, and it is useful for managing not just website passwords but also application logins.

Along with the added benefit of automatic form filling, StickyPassword allows you to generate strong passwords using a very handy random password generator that allows a choice of alphanumeric case, symbols and character length.

This password manager also helps to protect from phishing (by storing webpage addresses and linking them to your login credentials) as well as spoof malware. Visit www.stickypassword.com for more information.

The Download-Free Option

If you use Microsoft Excel, you have a ready-made password manager at your fingertips. If might not give you direct web browser integration, but it does have the advantage of not costing you any extra, and allows you to easily adjust and edit passwords as required.

To use Microsoft Office Excel as a website password manager (or indeed any type of password) you will need to open a New spreadsheet, and carefully list your usernames and passwords in separate columns, with a sensible heading for each such as the name of the site or the URL.

Next, Save the spreadsheet – using the Save Options or Tools drop down (depending on your version of Office) choose to password protect the file. Choose a “master” password, and save the file to a removal disk that you can keep under lock and key.

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