Supercharge your password manager with periodic audits

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As we sign up for more and more online services, we have a forever increasing number of passwords and other credentials to manage. With data breaches being a common occurrence, it is pertinent to keep a regular check on your passwords.

Since many of us are working at home, now could be a good time to indulge in some ‘spring cleaning’ of sorts. It’s a good idea to spend 10-15 minutes every month on your password manager to declutter and benefit from uncompromised security.

Change your weak and compromised passwords

Much has been said about the need for strong and unique passwords. Yet, every publicized data breach incident reveals that many people still opt for weak and common passwords.

Use the built-in Password Audit feature of Enpass to check for weak passwords. Passwords that are found as pwned (or compromised in a public data breach) will also be listed as weak.

While Enpass helps you generate strong passwords, those secure and unique passwords could also be compromised in the case of a data breach. Enpass allows you to check your passwords against a database of breached passwords – maintained by Have I Been Pwned. These passwords are, of course, considered to be at much higher risk and should not be used anymore.

Use unique passwords

Using the same password for multiple online accounts is bad practice and will put your security at risk. If any one of those accounts gets compromised in any way, all of the other accounts with the same login credentials will be at risk as well.

Again, the Password Audit will help you identify all the items with the same password and will be separated by list of headers referencing the first two letters of the password and count.

It’s a good idea to change all the identified matching passwords to strong and unique passwords that you can create using Enpass’ built-in password generator.

Archive old items

Sometimes you may end up with credentials for accounts and services that you no longer use but don’t want to delete in case you need them in the future – an old bank account, an online publication that you don’t subscribe to anymore, or a local business in a city you were visiting, for example.

Instead of moving these items to Trash, you can archive them. They will be removed from your main list but will be available in the Archive section for you to restore if you happen to need them again in the future.

Organize your information better

Sometimes, it is a good idea to go all Marie Kondo on your password manager. Enpass offers you a variety of ways for you to organize your credentials for a better navigation experience.

There are two ways to organize and manage your data – Tags and Categories.

Tags allow you to organize your data in your own way while Categories include pre-defined templates to store your information in the appropriate manner. For example, while you can use the ‘Credit Cards’ category to store all your credit cards, you can also tag all the cards issued by your organization as ‘work’.

You can also favorite items that you use regularly (primary email account, everyday use credit card, etc.) for quicker access. Check out the steps to organize and manage your credentials better.

These are just a few simple ways to organize your data better and declutter to supercharge your password manager. Do you have similar maintenance routines? Tell us on Twitter at @EnpassApp or on Facebook. Stay safe, and be well.