The Other Benefit of Using A Password Manager

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/the-other-benefit-of-using-a-password-manager/

Terence Eden’s essay That’s not how 2FA works is a good primer on how 2FA, for some people, is borderline magic thinking. 2FA is good at protecting against a particular set of attacks such as credential stuffing and brute force attacks, but it is not cybersecurity magic. Eden points out that 2FA doesn’t help you better identify a site–so it doesn’t protect users from entering their passwords and sending a 2FA token if a phisher gets you to click on reall-bank.com instead of real-bank.com. However, password managers are good at not falling for fake sites (in addition to allowing users to maintain unique, complex passwords for every site). The best defence is to use a password manager. I recommend the open source Bit Warden.A password manager stores your passwords. But it also stores the web address of site’s login page. If you visit githud, the password manager won’t prompt you…