Keeping your personal data secure

Everyone has the need to write things down. It can be notes, passwords or card information, or basically anything. When you do write it down, there are two things you probably like to have. These are security and synchronisation, and if you can get it, no or low cost.

There are a lot of password managers out there where you can store passwords and other data and keep it synced between devices. So which one to use?

Synchronisation is a nice feature to have which allows you to keep your data with you at all times. Having the same data on your laptop and phone means easy access to your data.

Security is another matter. Basically all password managers is secured by a master password, so your security is really dependant on that single password. However, most password managers does allow you to restore your password if you should forget it, which can be a good thing. On the other hand, this also means that the provider of the password manager has your password in some form. Most of them will store this in en encrypted format, but none the less, they are able to read your data as they are in possession of the master key used to encrypt your password. This also means that if asked by certain authorities, they can unlock your data which you probably would like to keep private.

Another benefit of using a password manager is it allows you to to have separate passwords for different websites and such instead of using the same password everywhere. In our digital world where we frequently visits a lot of different websites, it is quite hard for most people to remember a large number of passwords. A password manager allows you to keep track of these different passwords by remembering one strong password.

Having the same passwords on multiple websites is a bad idea. If one of these websites is breached your password may be exposed. Once that occurs, that password used in combination with other data about you, such as your username and email address is used to try to login to other websites as well. This has been the downfall of many users online.

Many password managers can automatically fill in your details as they are part of your web browser. Convenient, but as far as I know, all those suffer from the detail of knowing your password and having it stored, which I am not a fan of. So, personally I use a password manager where the provider has no knowledge of my chosen password, not even my username. So, if I forget either my username or my password, I will be unable to recover my data. This is a risk I am willing to take.

The password manager I use is free, available on multiple platforms, keeps my data synced and is as secure as it can get, and my password is not available to anyone but me. You can find it for yourself at the following url:

SpiderOak Encryptr

Whether this is the right one for you, that is for you to decide.