As a librarian, I often have a similar conversation with many people, which goes something like this:
Student: “Is there a way to save my search results?”
Librarian: “Yes! You can sign up for an account with the database vendor. Then whenever you are using that database, you can log in to save your results.”
Student: “Another log-in and password?! I can’t keep track of them all!!”
Between you and me, I can assure you that your librarians also despise trying to keep track of dozens of log-ins. As it turns out, most everyone else hates this too.
And if we’re going to be totally honest with each other, most of us probably aren’t following the conventional wisdom of using a unique password for every site we visit. Especially a unique password which is at least 12 characters long, incorporates capital letters, numbers, and some symbols. Who can remember all that?
Lucky for us, people are so sick of trying to create and remember all these passwords, and so worried about password security after incidents such as the Heartbleed bug, that many tech companies have begun creating apps and tools which will securely store and manage your log-in information for you! Hooray!
One product that makes all the recommend lists is Lastpass. While I wanted to come up with some clever ways to show you why Lastpass is so great; they’ve already done all that in this one minute video:
Want some more great news? The basic version of LastPass is free. However, for unlimited access on mobile devices and even more security features, you can update to a premium account without breaking the bank: it’s just $12/year.
Feel like you need to learn more about password managers and explore some other options? Check out this article from PC Mag about this year’s best password managers and why they’re so important.