While we're always encouraging you to use strong passwords, and you already know you should use different passwords for different sites to protect your personally-identifiable information, we recognize that it's challenging to remember multiple password-user name combinations and what goes with which site. So we've done some research and come up with a list of password manager applications we feel comfortable recommending to securely store all your passwords in a single location, which is much safer and more efficient than Post-It notes, browser caches, or Word documents.
Most password managers support the following functionality:
|KeePassX ||Free||Y||Y||Y ($)||Y||Dropbox|
|1Password ||Fee||Y||Y||Y ($$)||Y||Dropbox|
|Lastpass ||Free||Browser||Browser||Y ($)||Y ($)||Requires Premium Account|
Click the name of the software package to go to that product's website and download the application. Follow the instructions provided on that site/in the software to install the application and configure it to store your password. You can set up a Dropbox account through the Dropbox website .
Be sure to choose a strong Master Pass Phrase for your accounts but remember that, if you lose it, you will lose access to all the passwords stored in the account. Check our tips for creating a strong password .
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