Password Please….

Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S6 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.   You can find that here.

Remember back to the days as a kid blocking a doorway and not letting a sibling come through the door until they said the password?  I sure do.  I was the kid that was being blocked from going through the entrance as I was the little sister.  My big brothers were always picking on me.  I’d dutifully say, “Open sesame” but that was no guarantee they’d let me through.

Love them or hate them, passwords are a way of life now days if you own a smart phone or do most anything via the world wide web.  I don’t know how often I find myself lamenting and struggling to get my passwords to work.

I keep a notebook with all of my passwords in it but that’s little help to me when I am out and about with my cell phone.  Time and time again I’ve hoped that someone would come out with some type of password keeper.  Well after reading my latest update from U.S. Cellular, it appears they did.
How apps can help manage and improve passwords
• With many accounts prompting and requiring stronger passwords, including a combination of letters, capitalization, numbers and characters, password management apps can really help.
• Many that enhance and simplify the user’s life share similar features, such as auto-creation of complex passwords, auto-fill of forms and encryption of information for safety.
• That’s helpful considering a recent Harris Interactive survey that indicates 59 percent of adults admit to reusing passwords due to the difficulty remembering them.
• The complex passwords created can be easily stored and used, and often shared across platforms, including home computers, work computers and smart devices, like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Edge and iPads.

Password Management Apps
• Keeper: As the number one most downloaded password management app, Keeper provides users with the ability to manage passwords across various accounts. Keeper’s free version provides local password storage and use on one device. A $29.99 per year subscription is required to access many of its quality features. Those include unlimited password storage, secure online storage for photos, videos and documents, and access across multiple devices, along with the ability to share the information with other users. Those with a subscription can also set up fingerprint login for quick and secure access to their account.
• Dashlane: Dashlane is another great option. It’s, rated among the top password manager apps and is listed as Editor’s Pick in the Google Play Store. In addition to creating complex passwords for accounts, Dashlane acts as a digital wallet to make secure on-the-go payments and provides security breach alerts for usernames and passwords. Offered for $39.99 per year, the premium subscription allows syncing across devices, securing Cloud backup and accessing information via the web.
• LastPass: This trusted app provides users with a secure vault and organization of accounts for user preference. Its features also allow for easy transitions between accounts on the same site. Like many other password management apps, LastPass can also keep track of credit card information, audit account passwords, record secure audio notes and more. Premium features for $12 a year include a shared family folder, unlimited device sync, multi-factor authentication and access to accounts from any device or computer.

Additional steps that users can take to further enhance the security of password protected information
• A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicates that 65 percent of smartphone users always remember to take their device with them when they leave the house. People have embraced their smartphones for shopping online, managing bank accounts, catching up on news and emailing, all while on the go. Some additional steps to keep your accounts safe are simple, such as refraining from connecting in locations offering free WiFi. While it may be tempting to utilize the free WiFi, the connection may not be secure, which can impact your account security if accessed while connected.
• Another easy step is one of the most obvious – use built in features such as the screen lock on your device. This feature comes standard on many devices and requires a pattern, fingerprint identification or character password to be entered before anything on the device can be accessed.

I hope the tips from U.S. Cellular were helpful for you.  I am off to check into one of the password management apps.

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