There are a number of reasons why most Churches and organizations don’t regularly update passwords or use stronger passwords in the first place. It’s already difficult to keep your personal passwords in check, let alone passwords that are used by multiple users.
Create a system and use a password manager!
They can be very handy for personal use, but they are absolutely invaluable for Churches and organizations.
Here are three password managers for you to consider:
1Password is solid.
It not only manages the passwords, but it can also generate strong, unique passwords at the same time. It’s easy and simple to use:
Select one of your saved logins from 1Password’s Go & Fill menu and it takes you to the site, securely fills in your username and passwords, logs you in, all with just one click.
1Password flavors include:
Another nice feature 1Password includes is the ability to setup 1Password with a Dropbox account, so you can sync all your devices and computers from the same spot.
I like it!
You can try 1Password for 30-days at no charge and they offer a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
- $39.99 – Desktop
- $14.99 – iPhone & iPad
- Free – Android (Considered “half-baked”)
SplashID Safe is a desktop app that allows you to easily view and edit your data and syncs with your mobile device:
- And more!
SplashID Safe is pretty slick.
You have an unlimited number of customizable record types and categories to store passwords, and any other data you would like to put on lock-down. You can define list views, and my favorite part, custom icons and field labels!
I love the flexibility, here.
Unbreakable AES and 256-bit Blowfish encryption provides proven protection for safe password management; secure field masking offers additional protection for sensitive data like passwords; automatic password generator feature creates un-guessable passwords and prevents the security risk of using the same passwords repeatedly
Desktop and mobile versions are $9.95 each.
Open source lovers rejoice!
KeePass is free.
It isn’t pretty, but it comes with some interesting features.
- Master Password
One password unlocks it all.
- Key Files
Put the key file on a USB key, use the USB key to unlock all of your passwords.
- Combine Methods
This combines both a password and a key file to unlock the database.
- Portable Install
You can run KeePass straight from an USB stick (Windows)
KeePass offers many plugins, extensions and mobile versions.
1Password and SplashID feel a little more like personal use, whereas KeePass seems like it would make a solid solution for a Church or organization. On the other hand, if you you don’t have a lot of tech experience, you may want to stay away from the open source on this one, and stick with a paid product, so you can lean on their tech support if you run into any problems or have any questions. If you choose to go with KeePass, I would strongly recommend configuring KeePass to run on Dropbox, so you are safe from losing all of your cryptic passwords from a hardware failure or theft.
If you’ve had any experience with these, please, weigh-in!
What password management system are you currently using?