There are password managers that have features to safely share passwords with family, friends or co-workers
Share password securely. (photo: TN)
It is common knowledge that sharing passwordsit is not as safe as one thinks. Sharing these keys can allow someone to access personal files, emails, messages or documents. Someone you know or a third party. The less revealing the passwords are, the more secure they are.
But everyone at some point has had no choice but to share a key or password with someone. Well, because access to the same service is shared, such as online storage or email. Or because it is a paid service that allows you to share passwords. Either way, sharing a password or access code comes with its own risks. And that's why you have to take precautions.
This article will look at different ways to securely share passwords. They will be of great help if secret passwords are shared at work or at home, with family or friends. The goal is to minimize the risk of these private keys circulating outside of you.
Precautions before sharing passwords
All precautions must be taken into account. Before sending your password to someone else, it is best to consider the following steps. They are not essential, but they make it difficult for someone to find your password and want to use it without permission.
– Password for each account. Do not reuse keywords.
– Change the password at regular intervals.
– Change your password if you have a dispute or broken relationship with someone you shared passwords with.
– Do not store passwords physically or digitally in a visible place.
– Enable two-factor authentication for all accounts.
Password. (photo: The Bitten Apple)
Share with password managers
Now yes, we have to see how these passwords can be shared when there are no other options. First of all, password managers are the best allies to keep secret keys safe.
In addition, they are now available on most devices, integrated into applications and web browsers, and offer additional services such as the creation of secure passwords or, for example, the secure exchange of passwords.
Popular managers like 1Password, LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, Bitwarden or RoboForm have features to share passwords with family, friends or co-workers. This means that each member of a group or team has their own private account and at the same time a space where certain passwords can be shared.
Usually these apps are paid, but they are worth it. And in addition to secret keys, it is also used to take notes on sensitive information. On the other hand, current password managers check if saved passwords are leaked, so they will notify you as soon as possible to change your password.
1Password. (photo: Appleismo)
Sharing keys with temporary messages
This method is not recommended, but it is more comfortable and cheaper than the previous one. The point is to take advantage of applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, Snapchat or Signal that have temporary messages or disappearing messages to the few seconds.
This, along with the default encryption of messages, should go a long way in preventing your password from falling into the wrong hands. But it is not enough to be happy to share secret keys through instant messages. And much less by email.
Temporary message on WhatsApp. (photo: Europa Press)
Partial sharing through multiple channels
Like a true secret agent, the best way to sharing something important is partially. Then you only have the complete information when you connect all these parts.
So that the Infobae reader can understand: use different communication channels to facilitate the password. This ensures that the password reaches the right person safely. And if the password falls into the wrong hands it is for other reasons.
The password can be shared in different ways. For example, indicate which service or product responds to that password, provide the associated email address and, finally, the password. Three parts. And, to give you more security, that password can be split into two or more parts. Then, each part of the message (service + username + password) is sent by different sources:
– Instant messaging.
– Private messages on social networks.< /p>
Each source, a part of the message. They are completely unrelated.
Secure password. (photo: Jens Buttner/dpa)