Password Managers for Beginners

Why it’s a good idea to use unique passwords

I don’t think I need to convince anyone that passwords are annoying. It’s hard to remember them, so everyone uses the same password for all of their accounts. You know this, I know this. But hackers also know this.

Enter password managers

Password managers make it easy to remember a single password, and still have long, unique passwords on all of your accounts. How is this possible? You use just one password to unlock your secure password “vault.” From your vault, you can quickly fill out login forms on all of your devices.

Finding your password manager

A header image reading, “Choose your password manager” with a screenshot from a Pokemon video game in the background, where the player chooses their starter Pokemon.

1Password

An animation of a 1Password user typing their password to unlock their password vault.

Bitwarden

Screenshot of an empty Bitwarden vault.

KeePassXC

A screenshot of an empty KeePassXC password vault.

Get started!

These are just a few of the great password management options available, but I hope these guides are helpful. Choose the tool you like most and get started. Feel free to reach out with any thoughts or questions here, or on Twitter at @mshelton. I’ll occasionally update each guide, and may add more password managers (e.g., Dashlane) in the future.

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Writing about security for journalists, as well as beginners. Principal researcher at @freedomofpress. freedom.press/training

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Martin Shelton

Martin Shelton

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Writing about security for journalists, as well as beginners. Principal researcher at @freedomofpress. freedom.press/training