The security of your WordPress website begins with the username and password you choose for your admin account. For hackers to gain access, they can use a method called brute force attack, in which they try a huge number of username and password combinations until they guess the right one. This is why your password should be as hard to guess as possible.
However, after you pick a complex combination of letters, numbers and symbols, it is very unlikely that you will remember it. Writing it down in a computer file or saving it into the browser for autofill are extremely unsafe options. “I’ll just pick my child’s name and the partner’s birthday.” Do you think that this is a safe combination? Some hackers may be focused on your website and perform various online searches, until they learn a lot about you from your social media accounts. Down to your child’s name and your partner’s birthday.
So, what is the solution to this conundrum? The answer can be found in password managing tools. A password manager is an online tool which keeps your login data secure in a cloud server. Once you have set up the usernames and passwords for each website you use, the password manager will fill in the login detail for you. Since there are lots of password managers on the market, we have prepared for you a list of the best and most reliable.
This is one of the most advanced and secure password manager tools on the market. With LastPass, you can opt to save your login details locally on any device you choose (computer or smartphone) or keep them in the cloud storage and sync them across various devices.
LastPass also supports two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator – which is the recommended manner to log in to your WordPress website. Apart from being compatible with all of the top popular computer and mobile operating systems, LastPass also has browser extensions for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. You can use LastPass for free, or opt for a Premium account for the price of $2 per month which gives you 1 GB of storage space for sensitive data, priority access to customer support and Microsoft fingerprint reader support.
Unlike LastPass, 1Password does not give you the option of using a free account, but is just as reliable. Besides from multi-device compatibility and syncing between your computer and smartphone, 1Password also includes a feature called Travel Mode – which wipes all sensitive data from your device during business trips or family vacations. Thus, in case you lose your device or it is stolen, your login data and other confidential files will not get into the wrong hands.
1Password uses AES-256 encryption for your data, which is virtually impossible to breach. You can opt between the single user subscription at $2.99 per month, and the Families subscription at $4.99 per month – both billed to you annually.
Dashlane is more recent on the market – its beta version was launched in 2012 and it got its final user interface in 2016. However, it has quickly become very popular among private users and entrepreneurs who want to keep their login details secure.
Dashlane supports two-factor authentication and notifies you if one of the websites where you have an account has been hacked (including your own WordPress website). Also, in case you cannot access your accounts, you can use Dashlane to share your login details with trusted persons. There are three types of accounts available: Free, Premium at $3.33 per month, and Business at $4 per month – both billed annually.
100% free and open source, KeePass has a user interface which looks similar to older versions of Windows Explorer search windows. It does not have a browser extension and it does not support syncing between various devices, but it uses AES encryption and offers maximum protection to your saved passwords.
KeePass has various plugins which allow you to enable auto-login to various websites including Dropbox, Google Docs, Microsoft OneDrive and your own website.
Password manager and form auto-filler, RoboForm makes it into our top 5 best password management tools. This tool also helps you generate strong passwords and keeps them safe for you. You can opt between local data storage and cloud storage with the possibility of syncing between devices.
RoboForm is free for personal use and costs $29.95 for the Business license per year (with a 15% discount for two-year licenses and 25% discount for three-year licenses).
As you can see, there are a number of options out there that you can use, that greatly improves your own personal computer and online security. We personally have been using LastPass for about 3 years now, and simply could not function without it. Not only does it makes everything a lot more secure, it makes life a lot easier, as you don’t have to remember any login details for all your websites that you have access to. However as long as you are using anyone of the above, you will be a lot better off than not using a password manager.