Why Use a Password Manager – To Help Others Access When You Can’t

Aside from the bajillion reasons to use a password manager, like LastPass, KeePass, etc. when it comes to security, there’s one other really big reason to do it.

First off, let’s go ahead and acknowledge that there are good reasons to use one. We all have too many passwords to remember, so even though we know we shouldn’t use easy, simple passwords, and that we shoudn’t use the same password in different places, we all do it anyway.

Because really, how many passwords can we remember? Not as many as we need to.

So, password managers make sense. As a user of one myself, that’s the one thing I have to remember, the login information for LastPass, and it keeps track of the other ones for me, it allows me to have really complicated passwords, change them frequently, and then put two-factor authentication over top of that where I can.

But what happens if I’m incapacitated? What happens after I pass away? How does my wife get in to all those accounts, to transfer financial stuff, make sure bills get paid, even post something to social media?

Oh look, there’s that password manager again. She doesn’t need to remember all of my passwords on top of all of her own. She needs to know how to login to my LastPass, and have access to my phone for any two-factor authenticated accounts. She has that. So if I’m not around for whatever reason, and she needs to get into one of those accounts, she can. It’s frankly something we setup awhile ago when I traveled often for work. In case of emergency, she could gain access to anything she needed to.

It’s not something everyone wants to think about and plan for, but a solid password manager provides this, why not go ahead and have it taken care of now, before you really need it?

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