The simple Key that will solve your password woes

Security

passwordLoginNeeding a little help with your password habits? Maybe you’re using the same two or three passwords for all your accounts. Or maybe you’re like a whole lot of people in the recent Adobe breach who are still using easy-to-guess passwords like “123456” or “password.”

It’s not that you don’t know better. You know that ideally, you should use a unique password for each different service and never re-use them between accounts. And you know that a strong password is made up of a combination of letters, numbers and special characters.

But you’re busy. You’ll get to it later. And later turns into days, months, maybe even years of recycling the same tired old passwords.

How do I know this? Because I do it too. (OK, I don’t use the no-brainers above.) But I know the risks of lazy password habits, yet I’m just too…lazy. Don’t want to have to think too much when logging in, you know? Don’t want to have to go consult some list somewhere.

Problem is, recycling is good for the environment, but recycling passwords compromises our online security.

So in the spirit of the new year rolling around in a few more weeks, I’m thinking it’s a good time to resolve to get organized with my password habits. And fortunately F-Secure is making this super easy for me, because we’ve just released a new password manager, F-Secure Key.

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With F-Secure Key, you just need to remember one master password, and that’s the key to all the passwords, usernames and other credentials you keep there. Logging into online accounts is easy, because F-Secure Key automatically fills in the password for you. No more struggling to remember. Key also can generate new passwords for you, which is really helpful if you’re stuck for ideas.

Another cool thing about Key is it has a news feed from F-Secure Labs that informs you about any major hacking incidents targeting popular online services.

F-Secure Key is free to use on individual devices. It stores and encrypts the password data locally on the device, not in the cloud.

To sync data across your devices, you can upgrade to the premium version for 14,50€ per year. A lot of people are excited about the way Key synchronizes your password data across devices – all data is kept securely within a European cloud, on servers owned and operated by F-Secure, within the EU.

F-Secure Key’s guiding design principle is “We don’t need to know who you are. We just hope you like the product.” Give it a try and let us know if you like the product.

For more information about F-Secure Key’s encryption technology, see this post from our Labs.

Tips for good password hygiene:

  • Use a password manager such as F-Secure Key
  • Kill old accounts that you no longer use
  • Untangle cross-linked accounts
  • Consider using a “secret” email address for account maintenance
  • Be careful about what you share on social media. If you share, don’t rely on personal information for your account password resets
  • Use two-factor authentication options if available
  • As a backup, write your passwords down on a piece of paper and store it in a secure place at home

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