Data security is a big concern for most businesses. The number of stories in the news about devastating hacks seems to increase all the time and it is not just big businesses that need to take notice, a business of any size can be at risk as well.
For all the security hardware and software precautions that can be put in place to help better secure data – and there are some amazing solutions out there right now well worth considering – often data breaches are caused by the simplest things. One of the biggest issues? Insecure password use.
It can be a frustrating issue for managers. As often as they tell employees to make use of secure passwords that they change frequently that is actually implemented far less often than is ideal (even by those managers themselves)
A busy person (and that’s almost everyone) will almost naturally have a difficult time keeping track of multiple, hard to remember passwords. So, they write them down on little pieces of paper. Or store them in their (fairly insecure) browsers. Or keep using those ABC123 type passwords anyway, as who’s going to know?
All of this is dangerous. For a good hacker retrieving passwords from a browser is like taking candy from a baby. Pieces of paper get lost all too easily and those easy to remember passwords are often a cinch to guess in just a few tries. So, what’s the solution?
One useful tool that business owners and managers can have employees make use of (while also doing so themselves) is a password manager. These tools can generate super secure passwords that employees don’t even have to try to remember and can make life a lot easier for everyone.
Do a quick Google search though and you will quickly realize that there are a lot of password managers available. Which ones are the best? Which ones will employees and others actually use? Here’s our look at what we think are some of the best choices for 2018; Dashlane and Last Pass.
(MSRP $39 per license)
Dashlane is considered by many as the best of the best of the password managers available right now and for good reason. Not only is it very good at what it was designed to – create and store secure passwords for all kinds of accounts – it is easy to use. Any utility that has a steep learning curve is often simply not going to be used on a daily basis, rendering it useless.
It also offers the advantage that passwords can be synced across a number of different devices almost seamlessly. This functionality not only helps keep data more secure but can also make a user’s life easier in general. Being able to move from working on their PC to working on a mobile device without having to execute a lot of different technical steps can be a huge time saver.
The only real downside to Dashlane is the cost. It is, to be fair, the most expensive of the popular password managers. However, if insecure password use is a problem in your office the ROI can be huge.
(Free or $24.99 per license for Premium)
Last Pass is hugely popular with non-business users as 1) it’s cheap 2) it is super easy to use on mobile devices and 3) there is practically no learning curve involved in its use at all.
In terms of functionality, Last Pass offers almost all the important features that Dashlane does. LastPass users get unlimited passwords, a password generator, secure note storage, one-to-one sharing and a “challenge” to test their own security situations. The only thing it does not so quite as well as Dashlane is auto-fill forms accurately but given that Last Pass Free is often all that is needed for even the average business user then filling out forms by hand may not be so bad after all.
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