Do You Use a Password Manager?

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We could all use a good self-audit on our passwords—bank accounts, credit cards, e-mails, social networks—but is it better to just let a password manager handle all of our passwords instead? Or should we still cook up a different password for each account on our own? What do you guys do?


People swear by password manager services like 1password or Lastpass but I'm not yet convinced I want to go through all the work of figuring it out. I'm hoping there might be a better solution, at least one that strikes a nice balance between ease of use and security. I don't know. Do you guys have any suggestions? And if you do use password managers, which password manager do you prefer?

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I still don't understand the safety of password managers. They store all your passwords...protected by a single password. How is that more secure than just using the same password for everything? The best answer I got was "because it's stored locally", but that's just an inconvenience if I want to log in somewhere from a new device. And if it can sync to other devices, it's not local anymore, and we're back to square one.

I used to use one password for everything out of laziness, but then someone here on Giz suggested I come up with an algorithm that only I know so I only have to remember one algorithm, but it gives me a unique password for each account. That has worked WONDERS, and that's what I do now.