Cybersecurity is critical nowadays, especially for appraisers. Strong passwords help protect both your personal info and the large amount of real estate property info you handle on the job. However, it can be difficult to remember long, complicated passwords for all your different web logins. Password managers like LastPass and KeePass allow you to save all your passwords in one place. So you can easily log into databases, web portals, and any other websites you use during an appraisal—while keeping sensitive information protected from hackers.
Here are four of the best password managers for appraisers. Prices range from free to $24–40 per year, a small investment that can make a big difference in terms of cybersecurity.
Like all of the password managers on our list, LastPass requires only one master password to access all your other passwords. This cloud-based password manager features quick and easy logins, a built-in password generator, digital record storage, and secure password and note sharing. Plus, LastPass allows you to let a trusted friend or family member access your account in the event of an emergency. It also has an excellent security feature that searches your entire password vault to identify weak and duplicate passwords.
KeePass is free, open source, light-weight, and easy-to-use. Because it’s an open source password manager, that means its code can be (and has been) inspected for critical flaws. With KeePass, your entire database is encrypted, not just passwords. And passwords can be sorted into groups and subgroups to keep everything organized.
Like the other options on our list, Dashlane lets you keep all your passwords and personal info in one convenient place, and you can securely autofill forms and logins with your stored info. With Dashlane, you can rest assured that your sensitive information is protected with patented security architecture and real-time alerts. One of Dashlane’s stand-out features is called “Site Breach Alerts”; if any of the websites you access has had a known breach, Dashlane will notify you.
1Password has become increasingly popular in the past few years, partly due to its in-code integration with a large number of popular mobile apps. It may be the best option for app lovers looking to sync up their password manager across multiple apps. 1Password can also act as an authenticator app, so you don’t need both a password manager and a separate app for dual authentication (e.g., Google Authenticator or Duo Mobile). Another cool feature is its well-designed “Travel Mode,” which lets you remove all but a specific subset of your passwords from any vault accessible by any device traveling with you.
Whether you’re at home, at the office, or on-the-go, a password manager can help make your life easier while keeping your personal info—and your clients’ info—safe and secure.
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