Epsilon Delta wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:02 pm
RustyShackleford wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:53 pm
b42 wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:09 am
t's also better to not re-use the same password across all sites, since if someone gains access to one account, they could in theory gain access to all the other ones.
Isn't that exactly what a password manager does though ?
First of all a password manager does not have a password. It has an encryption key.
Second. Yes. But the only dunderhead who can leak the password manager key is you. However much of a dunderhead you are it is as nothing compared to the collective dunderheadedness of a couple of dozen random web sites.
I am a hardware engineer, not a software one, but the distinction between encryption key and passwd is not obvious to me, except that the encryption key is likely to be longer and more inscrutable in nature; it's still a string of characters, that if misplaced or hacked, can unlock the whole thing.
Also, I don't know if it's the collective
dunderheadedness of all my websites, given that my own personal dunderheadness, impressive as it may be, does not extend to using the same password at multiple websites, at least of the sensitive type like financial accounts.
I'm not trying to be argumentative for no reason. I'd really like to, and am seriously considering, employing a password manager. But, for example, the scenario where I have to use an un-trusted computer, maybe at a not-so-savvy friend's house or in some public place, how does that work exactly ? Do I have to type in my encryption key somehow ?