CMIT Solutions Recommends 5 Password Management Tools

By Tim Davis, CMIT Solutions

Need a reminder of why strong passwords should be at the top of your technological priority list? Consider the story of Houston, TX, parents Marc and Lauren Gilbert, who on August 10th discovered a hacker had compromised their video baby monitor and was shouting lewd comments at their sleeping two-year-old daughter.

How did it happen? According to the family’s Internet service provider, a weak or nonexistent password for their Wi-Fi connection was the main culprit. Other high-profile password breaches include the Syrian Electronic Army hacking into the Facebook and Twitter accounts of national news outlets like The New York Post and Washington Post, along with the recent proliferation of security researchers (or “ethical hackers”) pointing out the vulnerabilities of home automation systems.

What does this mean for you? As CMIT has pointed out before, creating strong and unique passwords at least eight characters long that mix upper- and lower-case numbers, letters, and symbols is a necessity for online security. But what do you do with all of those unique passwords once they’re created? Write them down on a “secure” piece of paper? Count on your browser to remember them all? Hope you can figure them out when you’re using a mobile device?

That’s where the five password management tools listed below come in handy. Some are free, some charge a nominal fee, and some are capable of doing much more than just remembering that random string of characters you generated.

Dashlane (free for single-use; $20/year to sync computer and mobile accounts)
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LastPass (free for basic, $12/year for premium)
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Norton Identity Safe (free)
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RoboForm Everywhere ($9.95/year for first year; $19.95/year thereafter)
[click here to read more]

1Password (From $49.99 – $99.99 depending on platform and number of licenses)
[click here to read more]

But remember: passwords represent just one facet of robust technological health. If you’re concerned about the safety of cloud computing, thecritical nature of data backup and disaster recovery, or the essential need for anti-spam software, call or email CMIT Solutions today. We take your online security seriously!

Contact Tim Davis at:

Tim Davis
347-266-9080 | tdavis@cmitsolutions.com
CMIT Solutions
Manhattan, West Midtown | 307 7th Avenue Suite 2301 | New York, NY 10001

www.cmitsolutions.com

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