(also password manager, password locker)
Password vault definition
A password vault is a program that can store and keep all your login information, including usernames, passwords, and other information such as security questions, safe in an encrypted format. It simplifies creating, remembering, and using complex passwords across different websites and services. You can unlock the vault using the master password or passphrase, which will lead you to all other passwords, or autofill login forms on websites and services as needed. The password vault can be a standalone software application or a browser extension.
Password vault advantages
- Better security. Password vaults can generate and store complex passwords that are difficult to guess or crack, improving the safety of online accounts and protecting against password-based attacks.
- Convenience. Password vaults can save time and reduce the frustration of remembering and entering multiple login credentials for different websites and services.
- Centralized management. Password vaults can provide a centralized location to store and manage all a user’s login credentials, making it easier to update and keep passwords organized.
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