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How to use a password manager

How to use a password manager

The password manager stores all of your logins so you don’t have to use the same for every website. Here’s how to use it on your cellphone and PC.

You cannot use the same email and password for every online account because of the enormous security risk. If only one account is hacked, all of your accounts are compromised.

However, no one can remember hundreds of different passwords and email combinations. That’s where the password manager enters.

This is an application extension or web browser that stores all your passwords securely and enters them for you when you need to log in to a website. On your mobile, a good password manager must also be able to enter a login for applications that need it such as Facebook, Netflix and Amazon.

Better yet, this will work on all your devices and all you have to remember is one email address and one password to access all your logins. In fact, on most phones you can use your fingerprint or passcode to log in to the manager.

Although the iPhone and iPad will store website logins, they don’t do the same for apps and you can’t use Keychain on your non-Apple devices, which is another reason to use a password manager application.

We use LastPass here, but you can find alternatives in gathering our best password managers.

How to use LastPass

Password managers generally all work the same way. After registering for an account, you can use the email address and password that you use to log in to the application on your cellphone, or an extension in a web browser such as Chrome. All you have to do is log in to your account manager password from any device.

Import existing passwords

If you already use Chrome to save your password, you might be able to import the login to your new password manager, and there are many options in LastPass. You must use the LastPass extension in Chrome on a PC or laptop to do this, but once installed and you are logged in, click the LastPass icon in the upper right of Chrome then the Account> Advanced> Import option.

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Then select the Chrome Password Manager from the list – or another option where you will store your password.

Add login to LastPass

Don’t worry if you haven’t saved it yet, because you can add a login when and when you need to enter the website. LastPass will appear and ask if you want to save the login details that you just entered.

Likewise, when you are on the page where you have to log in, you will see a little LastPass icon to the right of the username and password fields. Just click and you will see a login that is suitable for that website. Click what you want, and your e-mail and password will be filled immediately. You can then click the Enter button.

There may be multiple logins if you have a different account with a different email address for example, or you might want to save your partner’s login for certain sites, such as supermarkets – or Amazon.

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Enter the application with the password manager

When using the password manager on your mobile, you must give your password manager permission to display on other applications and websites, which means activating accessibility services. This should only be done for trusted applications such as LastPass.

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Being able to enter your login details into a website automatically is a huge time saver, but you can also do the same with applications on your mobile. In most cases, you will need to enter the application only once, because LastPass will detect this and offer to save the details as is the case with the website.

The next time you have to enter the application, LastPass will enter the details automatically.

Synchronize and access passwords on all your devices

These logins are stored safely in the cloud, which means they are available on all your devices and supported web browsers. For each device or web browser, all you have to do is install the application or browser extension, enter with the master e-mail address and password and you have access to all saved logins.

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Most password managers, including LastPass, can also store other sensitive data such as your credit and debit card details, and then put them in the correct fields when you pay for goods on the website.

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After you add all the applications and websites, you will be able to log in safely and quickly without having to remember them, and without jeopardizing their security.

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