Safely share passwords with family

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Learn how to securely share passwords with family members when needed. (Photo: Getty)

How to share passwords with your family

If you’re like most people, you try to take steps to create good passwords and protect your personal information online. That gets tricky, though, when family members — both young and old — want to share passwords, such as for streaming services or subscription-based software.

That’s why Antigone Davis, Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, says it’s critical to talk to family members, especially younger children, about online safety and password protection. “Just as you lay the foundation for important conversations with your kids offline early on, you need to lay that foundation online early on,” Davis told Yahoo Life. “Talk to them about the apps they use. When it comes to their social media accounts, remind them that passwords are like closing the front door – they’re for their security and it’s important never to share passwords.”

She adds, “For parents with younger children, you should consider apps that give you tools and controls to help your kids learn how to use the app safely.”

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Talk to your kids about password protection.  (Photo: Getty)

Talk to your kids about password protection. (Photo: Getty)

If you’re a typical internet user, chances are you’ve used the same password for many, if not all, online accounts. Here’s why that’s particularly risky: If someone can hack into one of your accounts, they could have access to all of your information.

In addition, if you share passwords with a family member or friend, it is not always possible to keep the password secret. (Whatever you do, don’t send these passwords to anyone in the form of an email.)

Safely share passwords with family

Sharing passwords with family members isn’t the safest move, but it can be done. The longer and more random the password, especially when sharing passwords with family members, the better. Password managers like LastPass Premium help ensure you use strong passwords that are complex and unique.

So what is a password manager? It is a secure app that stores passwords and usernames for websites. The apps create random sequences of letters, numbers or symbols, using a mix of upper and lower case letters. It allows you to manage multiple accounts and keep track of your passwords.

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Share passwords without the hassle when using a password manager.  (Photo: Getty)

Share passwords without the hassle when using a password manager. (Photo: Getty)

With a password manager, you have a convenient way to store all your passwords securely. After you grant the app permission, the app creates one-time passwords that can be shared between devices or used as one-time passcodes. Users can also create their own unique passcodes so they don’t have to use generated passwords.

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To prevent cyber criminals from accessing your passwords, identity and personal information, including your bank account information, users should choose strong passwords and change their passwords regularly. Apps like LastPass help you generate a strong password that works across multiple devices. The software also allows you to share passwords with friends or family members so they don’t have to remember them.

What a password manager does

Password managers generate strong, random passwords – these are longer passwords without easily distinguishable words that make it more difficult for cybercriminals to hack into your account. Password managers also:

  • Store all your usernames/passwords in one place with a single click

  • Give you the ability to share passwords between multiple users on different devices

  • Keep your details safe so that your shipping and payment details are automatically filled in

The advantage of password managers is that most of them continuously check your family’s email addresses for involvement in any data breaches.

Multiple users can share passwords with apps like LastPass.  (Photo: Getty)

Multiple users can share passwords with apps like LastPass. (Photo: Getty)

How password managers for families work

  • Your family members use their own unique credentials.

  • When they log in to a website or app that requires authentication, the site sends them an encrypted password reset link via email.

  • This means that all your family members’ accounts are protected with one master password.

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