Dave Hatter is no stranger to interviews. He’s done hundreds of local on-air TV and radio segments as a subject matter expert in cyber security. We love Dave’s passion for helping people understand these complex issues and how they impact their daily lives. This month, you can also find Dave’s insight in Money Magazine discussing password managers.
Intrust IT was thrilled to receive an inquiry on our website from Money Magazine staff asking for an expert they could quote for an article. In true Intrust fashion, Dave got back to them right away and the result is the article: Is It Worth Paying for a Password Manager?
A part owner of the employee-owned Intrust, Dave is always looking for ways to teach others about cybersecurity safety.
In the article, Dave said he often recommends that people check out one of the highly-rated password managers, including LastPass, Dashlane and Keeper.
“Not only do those brands have free options that provide customers with a virtual password vault, but they also all have staggered membership tiers with premium features like dark web monitoring, syncing across devices and tech support.” Dave states in the Money magazine article.
Costs vary for premium features for password managers. “You’re not really getting safer — you’re just getting more advanced features, more options,” Hatter is quoted in the article.
The tough part is coming up with a master password to unlock the manager. It must be something you can remember but others cannot guess.
Vaults suggest long, secure passwords because lengthy passwords, especially with special characters, take longer for brute-force hackers to crack. But they’re hard to remember because they don’t mean anything, kind of like a 25 character license plate.
To make a master password you CAN remember, Hatter recommends starting with a passphrase that you know but nobody else would. Something like mintchocolatechipismyfavoritetypeoficecream.
Next, change out some letters for symbols and punctuation. So mintchocolatechipismyfavoritetypeoficecream becomes m1ntchoc0latechipismyf@voritetyp3oficecre4m!
“It’s still easy to remember, but someone would have to know which characters you replaced and get the whole phrase right to get in,” Hatter is quoted in the article.
“We’re only talking about the master password,” he said, “which is worth taking the time” to make sure it is secure. If someone guesses it, “they have the keys to (your) entire kingdom.”
The article concludes, with this bottom line: For most people with basic purposes, a free password manager will do just fine.