Tips & Advice

How to create strong, unique passwords for all your accounts (and remember them!)

Deborah Salmi, 3 February 2016

Remembering multiple passwords is nearly impossible. Avast Password manager can create, manage, and sync all your passwords across devices.

One of the best ways to protect yourself online is by using strong passwords.  

Do you write your passwords on sticky notes?

You've seen the rules before

1. Use long, strong passwords that mix letters, numbers, special characters, and capital letters

2. Avoid using the same password on different accounts

The average person has to remember 19 passwords

Since we have so many passwords to remember, the average is 19 per person, then most people default to using easy-to-remember passwords. The most popular passwords for the past few years have been 123456 and password.

Is it safe to store my passwords in the browser?

Most browsers offer to store your passwords, and on the surface it seems like a convenient way to keep them handy. But the problem is, when you store passwords in your browser, they are stored on your device along with the information necessary to decrypt them - which makes them easy to hack.

One password (manager) to rule them all

What if you could remember only one password, but still follow the rules for creating strong, unique passwords? Cue the angels, because Hallelujah, you can!

Avast Passwords is a password manager free to all Avast 2016 users. You will find it in Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, and Premier. Avast Passwords helps you manage passwords across all your devices and all you need to remember is one main password!

Avast Passwords automatically imports passwords stored in your browser and when you need to create a new password, all you do is click a button and a secure password is automatically generated and stored.

Avast Passwords is available for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Even better - you can sync your passwords with other devices when they are connected to the same Avast account. Opera and Google Chrome are supported on Android phones, and Apple Safari on iPhones.

Watch this video to learn How to set up Avast Passwords on your Windows desktop.

Passwords is available on all editions of Avast Antivirus 2016, including Avast Free Antivirus. For additional features, you can upgrade to the premium version.