Using Password Safe Tools

With a password safe tool, you only have to remember one master password.

Password safe tools generate strong, random passwords and save them in an encrypted vault. They then enter your password for you on each site, preventing you from being tricked into entering your password on a fake site. If the password safe tool doesn't recognize the site, it won't enter the password.

Make sure your master password is at least 15 characters long, which will make it more secure and difficult to hack.

Software Cost Auto Entry Portable Sync to Original Windows Linux Mac iOS Android
Password Keeper Free   USB   x        
KeePass Free   USB   x        
LastPass Free x Web-based x x x x x x
LastPass Premium $12.00 x x x x x x x x
1Password Varied x x   x x x x x
RoboForm Desktop $29.95 x     x x x    
RoboForm Everywhere $9.95 x x x x x x x x
Kaspersky Password Manager $24.95 x USB   x    x x x
IronKey S250 Basic $109.00 x     x  x  x    

PasswordCard

If you need a password you can carry with you on paper, consider using a PasswordCard from www.passwordcard.org. The size of a credit card, PasswordCard fits in your wallet. It allows you to pick secure passwords for all your accounts by selecting consistent criteria and using the card for reference. The card contains a unique grid of random letters and digits. By choosing a password length and start symbol, a secure password is always at your fingertips.

Password card example

Determine how many characters are needed for the password, choose a symbol and a row, find the intersecting character for the chosen symbol and row, then start from the intersecting character. Move left, right, up, down or diagonal for the appropriately determined number of characters.

  • Example:
    Password length = 8
    Symbol = $
    Row = 3
    Direction = Left
    Password = uWERu3Av

As long as you remember the symbol, row, direction of travel, and number of characters, the password can be recreated over and over using the card. Even if your wallet is stolen, the thief cannot know the actual password without knowing the specifics of how the password was chosen.