Q: Is using Google Password Manager safe?

A: The entire internet currently runs on a system of trust that relies primarily on passwords, so keeping yours safe is an essential step in cybersecurity.

Some security experts can find a flaw in just about any password manager on the market, and not all of them are as secure as you allow them to be.

If you fall victim to a clever malware attack, the hacker on the other end of the exploit may start recording every keystroke you type. This will make any password manager useless as they can see what it takes to “open the safe” when you type in the master password.

The real questionThe merits of security can be discussed by experts, but what I suggest you consider is that using Google Password Manager will be safer than what you are doing now.

If you are one of the millions who use the same 8-character password across multiple sensitive online accounts, then my answer is an unequivocal “yes”.

Two essential steps to securing your accounts are making your passwords longer (at least 15 characters) and creating a unique password for each account.

You can certainly be careless with unimportant accounts that don’t store any personal information or credit card numbers, but you need some form of password management for the most important ones.

It’s really the only way to adhere to the basics of online cybersecurity—trying to remember a single long password for dozens of accounts just isn’t feasible.

Many of your accounts may be ones you rarely use, leading to the inevitable password reset dance that can also be avoided completely with a password manager.

Do you already use it?A good number of people who use Google Chrome as their browser have probably used the easy-to-use password manager without realizing it.

When your browser asks if you want to save a password for a specific site, it’s basically asking if you want to use their password manager.

Browser-based password storage has had a shaky past because the security to protect those stored passwords wasn’t the best.

From a current real-world perspective, if you’re using Gmail or any of the other Google products that require a username and password, you’re already trusting Google with the merchandise.

Protection TipsA very handy option in Google Password Manager is the ability to sync your passwords between devices. This means that your phone and your computer can use the same password manager, which is very convenient.

If your computer or smartphone doesn’t have a password to prevent a stranger from picking it up and using it, there’s nothing stopping them from fully accessing all of your saved passwords either.

If you plan to use Chrome’s built-in password manager, there are only two things that protect you from a third party: your device password and 2-step verification.

If someone acquires your Google username and password, they can also “sync” the passwords, which is why the extra layer of protection 2-step verification offers is critical.

You can read more about using Google’s password manager on line.

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