One of the things that Internet users can do to improve their sign in security is to make sure that the sites that they connect to is offering connections via https. Why is that important? Because it encrypts the data transfer between the user’s computer and the server they are connecting to.
This protects the traffic from network snooping, for instance on public computer networks, by the Internet Service Provider or the government, as well as from attempts to tamper with the data that is send and received. HTTPS does not conceal the site urls that you access in the browser on the other hand.
It is probably a good idea to start with an explanation and go from there. Login Software refers to applications and tools that are linked to log ins. They can be used to manage all your account logins, to sign you in automatically on sites, or to perform other tasks like generating secure passwords to make sure that passwords cannot be guessed by attackers.
The software comes in two major forms: First as web browser plugins and second as standalone applications for the desktop. Both types have their distinct advantages and disadvantages.
There has been lots of talk lately about company server hacks. You have probably heard about the Sony incident where millions of data sets were downloaded by hackers. Last Pass, the company behind the password manager of the same name, noticed irregularities as well and asked their users to change the master passwords of their account.
A local password manager like KeePass would have been especially helpful in the LastPass case, as your data would not be exposed on the Internet at all. The fundamental difference between online and offline password managers is the storage location and responsibility. Online password managers like LastPass store the account logins and information in the cloud, while offline password managers store login related information on the user’s computer.
We have already established in previous guides that password managers are excellent for that extra bit of security on the Internet. To reiterate: Password managers protect the system from various attacks, including phishing and keyloggers.
But these programs do more than that. They speed up web surfing, and ensure that the Internet users can set unique secure passwords for every web service that they use. That’s possible because the password manager remembers the logins, not the user.
In this best password manager guide, we are reviewing some of the best password managers that users can install and use.
Passwords, and login data in general, have a severe impact on a user’s security on the Internet. This is so because most users tend to pick easy to remember usernames and passwords when creating accounts on sites such as Gmail, Facebook, MySpace or Flickr. Those easy passwords can however be easily guessed by hackers.
It is therefor generally insecure to select basic passwords that are either dictionary words (think of car, password or login), words related to the site (think of picking gmail as the password on Gmail) or related to the user (think of birthdays, dog’s name).