Password Managers: What are they and should I use one?

For those who are challenged with managing multiple different passwords for different accounts they might consider using a password manager, also known as a password vault.

Password ManagerA password manager is a piece of software that helps someone to organize their own passwords or pin codes. It typically is a local database that encrypts passwords and the database itself uses a master password to open it. Some types of password managers also acts as a Form Filler, where once a particular website is launched, and it prompts for a username and password, the password manager recognizes the request and will automatically fill the user name and password into the form.  This type of password manager can be used as a defense against “phishing” as it is setup to handle automated logins to a particular site, and will not work with an imitation or a look alike website.

Some password managers include a password generator.  In this case, when you define an entry in the database for a password, the password manager can generate a password that can be stored and used as needed.  There are also password managers that are available online.  This type of tool is a web based version similar to a desktop password manager, but allows for more portability.

Password managers have pros and cons.  Some of the pros are listed above, while one of the main cons is that if your computer (or phone if you have a password manager on your smartphone) is lost, so are your passwords.  Even though they may be protected and encrypted inside of the password manager, you no longer have access to that information.

(A few password manager tools are Keepass, Lastpass, Roboform, Kaspersky Password Manager and 1password)

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Travel This Summer With These Apps

Summer has just begun, which normally means that a future vacation is right on the horizon. Organizing a trip can get a bit wearisome at times, but with these free apps, planning can be an (ocean) breeze!

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If you aren’t particular about flight dates, just choose your ideal destination and where you plan to depart from, and leave it to Sky Scanner to find the best deals!



If you have a location you want to travel to and want to know what sights and experiences the destination has to offer, look no further than this app! Tripomatic gives detailed information and pictures for each major sight that your destination presents, from popular restaurants to esteemed museums.



Ever get flight and hotel confirmation emails and have trouble keeping up with all of them? If so, use TripIt to organize your itinerary. You can also add itineraries for multiple trips, so whether you want to plan out a weekend getaway or a business trip, this app is for you.



If you are trying to fill your itinerary, use Gogobot to see what restaurants, sights and hotels at your destination will best suit your needs.



Hipmunk compares hotel and flight prices and puts them all in one place. It also provides ratings, reviews, and pictures, so you know just what you’re getting when you book them.



Once you reach your destination and are looking for shopping or entertainment, use AroundMe to find a variety of locations to visit, whether it be a movie or music festivals or finding the nearest supermarket or gas station.