by Dr Tristan Jenkinson
There have recently been a number of articles discussing the use of common passwords and encouraging better password practices. Most guidance includes the recommendation not to use the same password for different accounts. This makes sense – it limits risk of further exposure in the event that one set of details is compromised. To do this we have to remember an increasing number of (potentially complex) passwords. This is not something that comes naturally to most of us.
One way to cope with having many passwords is to use a password manager. This is a program which you access with a “master password” and it stores all of your passwords for you. The idea being that you only need to remember your master password.