Passwords need to be different for every site you use
Most web browsers offer at least a rudimentary password manager. (This where your passwords are stored when Chrome or Firefox ask if you’d like to save a password.) While this is better than reusing the same password everywhere, browser-based password managers are limited.
The reason security experts recommend you use a dedicated password manager comes down to focus. Web browsers have other priorities that haven’t left much time for improving their password manager. For instance, most of them won’t generate strong passwords for you, leaving you right back at “123456.” Dedicated password managers have a singular goal and have been adding helpful features for years now. Ideally, this leads to better security.
Password Manager Basics
A good password manager stores, generates, and updates passwords for you with the press of a button. If you’re willing to spend a few pounds a month, a password manager can sync your passwords across all your devices.
Only one password to remember with a password manager
To access all your passwords you only have to remember one password, which the password manager uses to unlock the vault containing your all your actual passwords. Only needing to remember one password is great, but it means there’s a lot riding on that one password. Make sure it’s a good one.
Our recommendations for password managers: