How Cyclonis Password Manager Helps You Secure Your Accounts
Your online security is no laughing matter. Or is it? Judging by the way some users treat their accounts, and, more specifically, the passwords that are supposed to protect them, it does seem that not a whole lot of users are taking the job seriously. The reason for this is simple – every Internet user has too many accounts, and protecting them all with strong, unique passwords is just too hard. Chances are, you can relate to this, and since you're on this page, you're probably asking yourself the following question:
How will Cyclonis Password Manager help me overcome the difficulties?
First off, it lets you easily migrate your data to your newly created vault. The vault is the central place where your login credentials are stored. They're well organized, and the websites are accessible with the click of the mouse. Since the passwords are stored in one place, you don't need to remember them. Thanks to the browser extension, you can even configure Cyclonis Password Manager to log you in to your accounts automatically.
Hang on, save for the logging in automatically bit, you can do pretty much the same thing with a simple Excel spreadsheet, can't you?
You can, but it's not a good idea. An Excel document stores all the usernames and passwords in plain text, which means that anyone can read them. With Cyclonis Password Manager, they're encrypted with AES-256 – an encryption algorithm used by anyone from the military to financial institutions. To decrypt them, you need your master password. In other words, if you store your passwords in an Excel spreadsheet, anyone who accesses your computer will be able to see them. With Cyclonis Password Manager, they won't.
What about browsers? They also store the passwords in encrypted form, don't they?
They do, but they also store the keys used to decrypt the data in the same folder. As a result, the data can be easily stolen. In fact, there are automated tools that can steal and decrypt the passwords. These tools won't work on Cyclonis Password Manager.
As we mentioned already, the vault containing your passwords can only be unlocked if you enter your master password. The master password is not stored on your hard drive. It's not stored on our servers, either. It's never transmitted or saved in any way. If you forget your master password, you'll lose access to your data, so be sure to keep it safe.
Can Cyclonis Password Manager synchronize my login details across multiple devices like my Google account does?
Yes, it can. After you create your account, Cyclonis Password Manager will ask you where you want to store your encrypted vault. If you need to sync your data across multiple devices, you can put it in one of your cloud storage accounts (you can choose from Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or OneDrive). If you use your passwords on one computer only, you can choose the local storage option. It's all up to you. The only thing you need to know is that your data is encrypted regardless of where it is saved.
OK, but, while convenient, these features won't stop me from using weak passwords.
You're right, Cyclonis Password Manager can't stop you from having poor password hygiene. What it can do is help you improve it. Immediately after logging in, you'll see the Password Analyzer. It's a tool that takes a look at your data, sees how secure your passwords are, and determines whether they've been reused. It also monitors how old your passwords are and checks the websites you're using against a database of compromised services. Based on all this information, it gives you your Total Strength Score.
The more reused, old, weak, and potentially compromised passwords you're using, the lower your Total Strength Score. The offending passwords are organized and brought to your attention, and if you take your online security seriously, you should consider changing them and improving your Total Strength Score.
It's easier than you might think. A button next to each of the accounts in the Password Analyzer screen redirects you to the website associated with that account. When you're changing the password, you'll notice Cyclonis Password Manager's icon in the field. If you click on it, you'll be able to use the built-in password generator to create a completely random, complex password that will replace the old one. As soon as you send the new password to the website, Cyclonis Password Manager's browser extension will ask you if you'd like to update the information in your vault. That way, you get the chance to finally have strong, unique passwords for all your accounts.
The whole point of Cyclonis Password Manager is to help you put an end to the bad password practices without dealing a blow on your budget. Cyclonis Password Manager, along with the browser extension and the rest of its features, is available completely free of charge and can be downloaded from here.