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Step up your password manager security with Trustworthy

By Kristin Hoppe

October 22, 2021


A woman sitting with a cell phone, laptop, and a coffee

It’s a hard truth: for most people navigating dozens of online accounts every week, it’s difficult to get by without having 100 passwords or more. If you are following security best practices, every single one of those passwords should be different.

And not only different — they should be impossible to guess with a mix of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and characters. With this standard, it's unreasonable for anyone to remember all the passwords that they need to.

That's why many families have turned to password managers to keep track of an increasingly complex amount of information.

Here's the good news: if you already use a password manager — or you're wondering how they compare to storing passwords in Trustworthy — this article will show you how to pair the two seamlessly.

A future without passwords is around the corner

Before we dive into password managers, it’s important to note that passwordless solutions are becoming increasingly popular. In time, they will likely replace passwords entirely.

Alternative solutions include:

  • Biometric authentication

  • Device trust

  • Magic links/one-time passcodes

  • PIV/smartcard-based authentication

  • Multi-factor authentication

Platforms like Trustworthy already use additional authentication like biometric authentication on top of passwords. But for the time being, as many platforms still rely on passwords, it’s a wise choice to invest in a password manager.

Popular password manager choices

There are many different password managers out there with low-cost family plans. We broke down and compared all of them in this family password manager article.

In short, some of the top password managers include:

  • 1Password

  • LastPass

  • Dashlane

  • Keeper

  • Bitwarden

All of these options offer features like username storage, encryption, password generation, and safety alerts. Whichever one you choose will probably be based on factors like mobile accessibility and other specialized features.

Trustworthy for password storage

Trustworthy is the Family Operating System® that helps you securely organize, manage, and optimize important family information.

In addition to password management, Trustworthy's product helps you keep track of family IDs, insurance and estate plans, emergency planning information, and family archives — plus way more.

Trustworthy has a section on the product dashboard dedicated solely to passwords. You can easily create tiles for specific digital or analog passwords or codes, such as:

  • Code to the safe

  • Laptop password

  • Home Wi-Fi name and password

  • Garage door code

Combining Trustworthy and a password manager for better security

In Trustworthy's password section, you can also securely store the master password for your password manager.

This information is especially safe on Trustworthy because the entire product is safeguarded with bank-level AES 256-bit encryption, in addition to other layers of security like two-factor authentication and YubiKey.

We also have a product integration that gives you an easy visual cue for whichever password manager you're using.

A screenshot of the password managers integrated with Trustworthy

Of course, using a password manager doesn't mean that you’re finished with the continual work of keeping your family's information secure. It's also a good idea to change the master password if:

  • You have reason to believe the password was compromised

  • You are using the password on another website (your master password should be unique and only used in one place)

You can also build in a reminder to update passwords on sensitive accounts at least every 3 months (or as frequently as you choose). This reminder will show up in your home dashboard, so you don't have to keep mental track of the last time you did it.

Screenshot of a reminder to update your master password

Summary

Overall, using a password manager and Trustworthy doesn't have to be an either/or situation. By combining the two together, you can offer your family a huge step up in information security — and have one less thing to worry about.

If you haven't tried out Trustworthy yet, start a 2-week free trial today to see if it's a good fit for you.

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