You need strong and unique passwords to keep hackers out of your online accounts. Click here to learn my secrets for creating safe and strong passwords.
For the best security, however, every account needs a different password as well. That way, if hackers figure out one password they won't automatically get your other accounts.
Unfortunately, remembering every password for every account is hard to do. That's why you want a password manager program.
KeePass is a good option. It stores and organizes your passwords so you don't have to remember them.
The first time you open KeePass, you have to create the file that will store your passwords. To put a password into KeePass, select a category (such as email or home banking), then click the Add Entry button.
You'll be able to enter a title for the password and then the password. If it's a new account, or you want to make the password more secure, KeePass can create a strong random password for you.
You can also store usernames, Web addresses and notes about the account. Everything is kept in a file on your computer, which means you control who sees it. You can even copy and move it to other computers.
For security, KeePass encrypts the passwords so hackers and snoops can't see them. To unlock the passwords you have to enter a master password. Yes, that's another password to make, but because you only have to remember that one, you can make it really strong.
Note: The only way to access your passwords is with your master password, so don't forget it!
Once you unlock your passwords, using them is simple. You can just double-click on a username or password and then paste it into your account's login screen. No mistyping here!