Password Manager

Your brain is a poor password manager

You have probably heard lots of stories about people using simple passwords (like "password123"). Our brains are really poor at storing passwords so having something simple to remember is easier, especially when you have multiple passwords.

To solve this problem and many others, we advocate using a passwords manager. A password manager is a really effective way to manage your accounts and passwords and make your digital-life easier.

"Password managers don't have to be perfect, they just have to be better than not having one"
Troy Hunt, Australian Security Researcher

Password Managers

A Password Manager is a tool that enables your to create, store and manage passwords. This reduces the need to remember lots of passwords and therefore allows you to use different passwords for each service and also make them quite complex.

A summary of some common password managers is provided below (please note that JCU ICT does not support commercial third party products).

ProductPlatforms Two Factor Browser Plugins Features Summary

Dashlane

https://www.dashlane.com/

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS, watchOS Yes

Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge

You can choose to not store any password data on Dashlane's servers.

Automated password change.

Support multiple languages.

Family sharing features.

Syncs across multiple devices.

1Password

https://1password.com/

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android Yes Chrome, Firefox,Safari,  Edge, Opera

Includes travel mode which allows you to specify what to store on the device.

Can also act as an authentication application.

Family sharing features.

Syncs across multiple devices.

LastPass

https://www.lastpass.com

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, watchOS

Yes Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari,  Edge, Maxthon, Opera

LastPass is a cloud-only service.

Family sharing features.

Can also act as an authentication application.

Syncs across multiple devices.

KeePass

https://keepass.info

Windows with variations for other operating systems. Yes Nil

Available from the JCU ICT Application Catalogue (for Staff).

Locally stored database (Not a cloud service). If you want to sync your passwords across all of your devices, you will need to put your password database on a service, such as OneDrive or a tool of your choice.

Does not integrate with your browser

Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault

https://keepersecurity.com/personal.html

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, Kindle, BlackBerry Yes Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge

Emergency access model.

Family sharing features.