The security of your passwords is almost as important as your own identity. That’s why World Password Day, celebrated on the first Thursday in May, aims to raise awareness of the importance of creating strong and secure passwords to protect your privacy.
However, it is no longer enough to create long and complex passwords with numbers, capital letters and other characters. Especially because these often get lost on a post-it note, and that’s exactly what cybersecurity experts advise against: Leaving traces of our passwords in unsecured places. That’s why, in the face of increasingly frequent cyberattacks, two tools come to our rescue.
Password managers like Keepass and 1Password allow us to store all our usernames and passwords under one key, so we don’t have to worry if our memory fails us. In the following, we will go into the most important aspects of the two programmes.
Both platforms have a manual password generator. 1Password’s secure password generator can generate random passwords, passphrases and PIN numbers. You can customise it by setting the password length, capitalisation and character types. KeePassword’s password generator, on the other hand, also allows for a lot of creativity. Besides the length, there are 9 other boxes you can tick to specify the character types you want to include in the password (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, special characters, etc.), and you can also generate them with custom patterns or algorithms.
As a 1Password user, you can share passwords and other stored items with others via a single link. The platform also allows you to specify who has access to the link and when it expires. In addition, users of 1Password’s Family or Team and Enterprise plans can also share a vault. With this option, the family organiser or team administrator manages the permissions and access level for each user.
In contrast, KeePass does not have a dedicated sharing function. Their solution for sharing with other users is to set up a common database and share the master password. This is not exactly convenient or ideal, but it is still the best option at the moment.
Security & encryption
1Password uses the latest encryption methods to protect your personal data from hackers, including AES-256, PBKDF2 and end-to-end encryption. For added security, 1Password requires users to enter a secret key when attempting to log in to their accounts. This provides an extra layer of protection in case someone guesses your master password; unless the hacker enters your secret key, the master password alone is not enough to gain access to your accounts. Another helpful security feature is the ability to store passwords in multiple vaults. With this feature, it is possible to store some data in a separate vault, making it even less likely that someone can access it.
KeePass is an open source password manager that uses advanced security methods to protect your data. The features you have depend on which version of the software you are using. Version 1 has security process protection, security-enhanced edit controls and password quality assessment. Version 2 also uses security process protection, security-enhanced edit controls and password quality estimation, but gives you the option to enter your master password via a secure desktop, further enhancing your security. Version 1 is designed for Windows, while version 2 is designed for Windows and Mono.
Tariffs and prices
1Password offers a variety of plans for all types of users. For private users there is:
1Password Personal – 1.63€/month for 1 user
1Password Families – 2.73€/month for 5 users
1Password Personal is the best option for single users. It can be used on an unlimited number of devices and offers unlimited password storage, 1GB file storage, autofill, 2FA, 1Password Watchtower, a digital wallet and travel mode.
If you want to add more users, you can upgrade to 1Password Families. It can accommodate up to 5 users and includes everything included in 1Password Personal. It also includes access/permission management and account recovery.
On the other hand, Keepass is a free software, but you are allowed to extend the features of KeePass with various plugins (autofill, database backup and breach/leak checker).
Platforms, interface and usability
1Password and KeePass are compatible with all major operating systems. But 1Password surpassed KeePass by offering browser extensions for all common names. In contrast, KeePass has no official browser extensions or official mobile apps.
Second, multi-factor authentication is the alternative that will make passwords disappear in the future. We probably know this tool, but many people don’t really know what it consists of.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security measure that requires a user to provide two proofs of identity. The common factor is the password, the other can be a security token or a biometric factor. There are five types of authentication factors:
The benefits of this tool include:
Every year, millions of businesses suffer from their data being compromised, putting all their users at greater risk of theft and fraud. On World Password Day, several cybersecurity experts proclaim that passwords are an insecure and archaic method, which is why they choose to stop using them. With this in mind, multi-factor identification is emerging as the main alternative to increase the security of existing passwords or replace them altogether in the future. Companies like Microsoft have already put this into practice with the Microsoft Authenticator application, which allows users to remove all passwords from their account. The disappearance of post-its is already a reality, will passwords be the next to go extinct?
The technical migration of 1250 servers and the move from Windows Server 2012 were carried out.
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Die technische Migration von 1250 Servern und der Umzug von Windows Server 2012 wurden durchgeführt.
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