Choosing the best password manager in 2018

Choosing the best password manager in 2018

Matt Blowes August 07, 2018 Security, How To

Using a password manager is a great way to organise your work accounts and help you to never forget a password again. 

A password manager makes it easy to ensure:

  1. Your password strength is up-to current standards.
  2. You don't re-use the same password.
  3. Two-factor authentication is enabled and is easy to use. 
An obvious solution

One clear benefit of a password manager, you only need to remember one highly complex and long password. The manager can automatically create complex passwords for each of your accounts.

The manager adds a clickable icon to every login page, allowing you to simply copy and paste passwords to access your accounts. 

Furthermore, a password manager removes uncertainty over your work account security. By following the recommendations and adhering to the standards set by the manager, your security risk will be greatly reduced. 

Sentrian's recommended password manager

LastPass

We've had many conversations around the office about password management and every time the conversation ends by recommending LastPass. 

Personal v Business 

If you're an IT decision-maker at your business, you LastPass can be deployed for some or all staff.

Otherwise you can sign-up to a personal LastPass account using your work email. (In practice you could have two 'personal' accounts, one for work email and one for your private email (e.g. Gmail). 

How to get started with LastPass

If you'd like more info on LastPass for business, register your interest here, or contact your Sentrian Client Services Manager for advice on whether it is a suitable fit for your organisation.

Otherwise, here is how to sign-up for LastPass for yourself (using Google Chrome):

  1. Go to LastPass.com here.LastPass Free
  2. Click the 'Get LastPass Free' button in the top-right corner. 


  3. LastPass will ask you to add a Browser Extension in a pop-up, click the 'Add extension' button. The LastPass extension will download & install.
    LastPass Chrome extension request
  4. Once installed, LastPass will ask you to login by clicking the icon in the address bar. 
    LastPass Chrome address bar icon
  5. Enter in your email address in the pop-up > click Create Account.
    Using either a work email address or personal email address is up to you. Just be aware that you can only be signed-in to one LastPass account per device. A LastPass email address can be changed at a later time. 
  6. Create a master password to finish creating your account. It's critical this password is highly secure, it will provide access to all your accounts stored in LastPass. See our guide on how to create a secure password here
    Be advised, if you forget your LastPass master password, you will lose access to your account permanently. 
  7. You're now logged in and will have received a confirmation email (check your spam folder). You can now begin adding accounts (LastPass pop-up will suggest a few services, e.g. Google).

Your LastPass account and stored passwords can be managed by clicking the LastPass icon and clicking the 'Open My Vault' button. Additional passwords can be added here, or the next time your visit a login page. 

LastPass is available on most devices, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, iOS and Android. 

Need help in the set-up process? Contact our Service Desk

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