We often recommend using a password manager such as KeePass. However, modern browsers have built-in password managers, so why install a different one?
There are many good reasons to avoid your browser's built-in tool.
Why you need a Password Manager
Using a password manager is vital. The biggest risk to your online accounts is reusing a password. If you use the same passwords over and over again, a breach on a website means that your email and password are free. Attackers will try to use your email and password to link to other sites.
So the solution is to use strong and unique passwords everywhere. But who can remember hundreds or even tens of strong passwords?
A password manager can remember them for you. Remember only the master password of the password manager, which unlocks your secure "safe". Password Manager can generate random and strong passwords, remember them and link you to sites automatically.
Web browsers have been able to remember your passwords for many years, and password managers have become more complex. However, we recommend that you skip the password management that is built into your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge) - using a dedicated password manager.
Your browser password manager is secure
Browser password manager is better than nothing. Without additional software, your browser can remember all the passwords and sync them securely between your devices. They can be stored encrypted in the cloud. You can use strong passwords because your software will remember them automatically. This keeps your accounts secure, as you will not have to use the same passwords over and over again.
The account with which it is synchronized (your Google Chrome account or your Apple ID in Safari) can be protected by two-factor authentication to prevent third-party connections.
But there are some problems. Built-in password managers in browsers are not as powerful and useful as third-party password managers. They try, but they are not so good yet.
Let's explain why.
Beyond a browser
Third party password managers are cross-platform and cross-browser. Built-in browser password managers are restricted to a specific browser only. Let's say you use Google Chrome on your PC or Mac and Safari on your iPhone. If you use a third-party password manager, you can have all the passwords in any browser. If you use a built-in web browser password manager, you will not be able to combine and map browsers.
In addition, password managers offer desktop and mobile applications, making it easy to access passwords.
Third-party password managers not only remember existing passwords, but can automatically create strong new ones when you create a new account or change an account's existing passwords.
Some browsers have built-in password generators (Chrome and Safari) but do not necessarily offer all the options available to password managers, such as the ability to control how long a password runs or the type of characters it contains.
Easy password sharing
Password managers have password sharing capabilities. Want to share your Netflix password with your family? You can do this with a password manager that has built-in sharing. You will all have access to the same password and if you change it, it will change to everyone else.
Browsers do not have built-in password sharing capabilities.
Password managers (not free ones) have built-in alerts like LastPass Security Challenge and 1Password WatchTower. They show you weak and reused passwords and notify you when a password you use in an online password database appears.
Browsers also have functions like these. Google, for example, has password control in password management. It also offers the Password Checkup extension for Chrom.
Are Password Managers Safe?
Storing all your passwords in a single program may seem a little strange, but right now it is a solution that everyone uses. If you ask us, we have mentioned many times that there is no security on the internet.