Password Managers locally or in the cloud?


One of the biggest, if not the biggest, point of controversy for password managers or password managers is the cloud.

Yes, are we talking about where the passwords are stored in Cloud or locally? The question of course has to do with security and seems to be a clear line for many friends of password managers. Password Managers

Do you trust the storage of your passwords in the cloud by third parties, or do you choose to keep them in places that are solely owned by you and managed by you?

Cloud Positive

Sync between devices

If you use credentials in multiple browsers, devices, and locations, the ability to keep all of this data in a central location means that regardless of the device you are using, you know that you will always use the most up-to-date credentials on all your devices.

No action is required to update password managers on other devices as they are all updated by Cloud. If you change your password to a service using a device, once you access this service from another device, your credentials will already be synchronized.

There is encryption

Encryption measures used to protect cloud passwords often employ each of us. Today most password managers that store cloud data encrypt the password data on your device before they are sent anywhere on the internet and the encrypted data is sent from and to cloud storage using an encrypted connection.

Most services create and store the keys to encrypt and decrypt your passwords locally on your device, so they never reach the Internet.

This means (theoretically at least) that only you can decrypt your passwords. The password managers cannot read your passwords and if their Cloud is breached - it has happened in the past - the passwords are useless without the separate keys on your computer.

The time it would take to decrypt only one of these encrypted passwords counts for hackers. Yes your Facebook password is valuable, but it's not that valuable.

Ease of use even for beginners

It's a big deal for those of you who are not dealing with you so much with computers. Many of the cloud-based password managers are proprietary software designed to earn money for its creators (plus or minus depending on how you perceive it), which means they have the budget they need for a better design experience, user testing and customer support.

They try to make their tools as comprehensible and as easy as possible.

Arguments against the cloud

Trust to third parties

For many, the idea of ​​handing over their private credentials to others is sacrilege. These credentials are the keys to your finances, your social life, your email, everything - and with the cloud you just hand them over to a company.

This company (and everyone in it) may have the best for you, but the risk of so-called "internal threats" is real, software has vulnerabilities, and companies are making mistakes.

Passwords are moved through a chain that encrypts your data and connects your devices to the cloud. You believe that the entire infrastructure that manages and manages the codes is well-maintained and has no security flaws. Let 's recall hacks in leading companies like LastPass.

All eggs in a basket

While some people simply dare to trust their information to someone else regardless of the encryption level being used, others see storing cloud passwords as a very risky behavior.

This concern is only multiplied by the idea of ​​a hack that the Cloud that you are using can not control directly. You could take every possible precaution to secure your account, but ultimately keeping all your passwords safely is based on the encryption used by cloud passwords administrators, as we mentioned earlier, there is always the fear of an internal threat.

Needless to say, password managers are one of the biggest targets for hackers, as in the event of a successful breach, they will find all the eggs in a basket….

Cost

Sometimes the functions you really need from third party password managers cost money. These are features and not the basic password manager itself, and if you do not have the budget, any cost is prohibitive.

Password Managers and decisions…

If you see that you are leaning towards keeping your data locally, a password manager that gives you full control over where you store your passwords is the KeePass. We have mentioned this manager several times from this page.

If you find that the cloud facility is more in your style, we will not suggest anything, as we do not want to advertise companies.

Responsibility in each case falls on you, as is the case with most of your decisions.

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