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Windows 7: Which programs should I not include in a password manager?

22 Dec 2019   #1
386DX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Which programs should I not include in a password manager?

I'm thinking about the single point of failure problem. I use Bitwarden for most sites, but what about email, banking, router... For those sites, I use a long complex password, as with the Bitdefender master password. It'd be nice to make logging on easier, but not at what risk to security. Thanks.


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22 Dec 2019   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

This password manager comes active within Windows? Local or online based?
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23 Dec 2019   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

NONE

The main function of a password manager is to make logins more secure, not easier (that's a consequence), and that they can generate very secure passwords and store them also securely is their main goal in life. Therefore things like email, banking or anything else you deem important are the first things you should put in your password manager. Forums and ocasional logins can wait (but there is no harm inputting them too).

Of course, you should seriously consider to what password manager you trust all that information. At the very least, a good password manager MUST be offline (anything that reads "cloud" should be deemed as compromised immediately) and open source (if they refuse to show how they handle your passwords, they're not worth the risk).
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23 Dec 2019   #4
386DX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Good info. I'm using Bitwarden, but I don't understand if it's kept locally, how to do that without a higher level of IT knowledge. Is there an easy way to store locally? I haven't stored bank info yet until I understand this better. I agree, if it's cloud only, I'll be looking for another program.

Also, which do you think is more secure, a complex password entered manually each time, backed up on paper, or an equally complex master password storing the same manual password locally?
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23 Dec 2019   #5
386DX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Maybe you can explain this. In Bitwarden there's an option to sync passwords, but then there's a separate option to log onto their site. How can it sync if I'm not logged in? Or, what is it syncing with?
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23 Dec 2019   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

My stickypassword premium syncs amongst 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 1 smwrtphone via its cloud, however, I can set it to work only offline and store locally. I am still quite new working a password manager.
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23 Dec 2019   #7
386DX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'll check it out, thanks.
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28 Dec 2019   #8
386DX

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
At the very least, a good password manager MUST be offline (anything that reads "cloud" should be deemed as compromised immediately) and open source (if they refuse to show how they handle your passwords, they're not worth the risk).

I agree 100%. I've found out Bitwarden saves to their cloud. I'm told the most user-friendly, non-cloud password manager is Keypass. I'll be checking that out. Do you have any other suggestion for a password manager with a local vault without needing a lot of technical knowledge?
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29 Dec 2019   #9
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

I like KeePass and have used it for many years now. It can be used with local storage only, though in my case I keep my (encrypted) keys file on Dropbox. In that way I have access to all my passwords from any device that can access DB including my portable devices.
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