A password is just a word. Oh, and numbers, if you want to be a bit more secure about things. And special characters if you want to be properly secure, plus throw in a capital letter somewhere, and…
The problem is, by the time you’ve got a really secure password, you have something that’s not easy to guess or crack, but you’ve also got something that’s difficult to remember. This can lead people to other practices which are almost as insecure as just plumping for a basic letters-only password, such as writing credentials down.
If only there was an easy solution to the thorny issue of balancing password strength with memorability. Well, there is, and if you’re even passingly familiar with the security world, you’ll doubtless have heard of password managers.
For the uninitiated, these are apps that take care of everything for you, from the generation of super-secure passwords, to keeping track of them – and keeping them secret from all those around you. Password managers also perform some nifty tricks on the side, like automatically filling in online forms, for example.
If you’re on the fence about whether a good password manager is worth buying, then here’s an extra incentive to take the plunge: currently you can get 30% off Keeper Security plans (and add-ons, too) in a deal that runs until October 1.
Keeper Family Plan: £50.59 per year | 5 users
Save 30% - With the Family product, you get the same features as the Unlimited subscription, but with coverage for five people rather than just one. Each user gets their own private vault to keep sensitive data in, and the ability to easily share files (or passwords) securely. Again, this offer runs until October 1.
Keeper is one of the top-rated products in our buying guide, which picks out all the best password managers, and with almost a third off the price tag, it represents an even more compelling bargain than normal.
There are two subscription plans available with this password manager. Keeper Unlimited is the plan for all your individual password needs across an unlimited amount of devices. On the other hand, as the name suggests, Keeper Family is designed for the needs of the whole family, or more specifically five users who each get a private vault, plus it provides 10GB of secure cloud storage.
This deal also gives people who sign up an additional bonus, with add-ons also granted a 30% discount. Those add-ons include the likes of BreachWatch, which keeps an eye out for any of your data that may have been leaked online (by a hacker, for example), and KeeperChat, which is an encrypted messaging service to keep your conversations safe from prying eyes.
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Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).