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 Tomáš Hellebrand, 9 January 2018

This simple New Year’s resolution could save you hours—even months—of complication and heartache next year and beyond.

There’s no time like the present to gift yourself with a New Year’s resolution that will pay off in countless  ways. Over this last year, you’ve likely heard more than enough headline-breaking news about phishingransomware, and—to use some urban slang—getting “pwned”.

If you haven’t yet experienced the devastating effects of getting hacked or having one of your accounts compromised, consider yourself lucky. And since luck can often run out, let’s make 2018 your year for personal security. All of the aforementioned cyberattacks (and more!) are very real daily threats to every person who spends time on the internet. And we’re guessing that you do spend time on the internet, don’t you? 

So where to begin? A simple and powerful first step is taking a good hard look at your passwords. The second step is accepting the fact that it’s probably time to change them. Of course, saying that and doing that can involve a metaphorical mountain that seems impossible to climb. But it’s not. In fact, the “hard work” only takes a few minutes and it’s all in exchange for priceless peace of mind.  

We’ll say what you already know: you need strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts. If your passwords aren’t complex (hopefully you don’t use one of these), then it’s just a matter of time before relentless hackers guess them. And if you use the same one for every account you have, the minute some big company gets compromised, your digital digits are suddenly available online for anyone to grab. And they will.  

It’s not hopeless

While this all sounds grim, there are still plenty of reasons to love technology. Introducing your favorite must-have tool that will not only be simple, powerful, and effective, it will also make your online life a heck of a lot easier from now on: apassword manager. And we’ve created a fabulous one right here at Avast.

Avast Passwords comes free with Avast Free Antivirus, and it’s simple to use.  

First, you need to activate Avast Passwords and install the extension to your browser. You will then see the Avast Passwords key icon in your menu bar that looks like this:Avast-password-icon.pngFrom now on, Avast Passwords will learn your credentials when you use them, store them securely, and next time you visit those sites, it auto-fills the form. If you have your passwords already stored in a browser, you can easily import them into Avast Passwords.

If you want Avast Passwords to change weak passwords into strong ones, that’s easy, too. Just follow these steps for each website password you want to make stronger:

1 - Go to the website that you want to make a strong password for, and log in.

2 - Go to Settings or Manage Account and click Change Password,

3 - Click the Avast "key" icon in the browser menu tray.

4 - Click "Generate a Strong Password", then copy the new password into the "New Password" field on the website's Change Password screen and save it. 

This new password is now saved on the website and also in Avast Passwords. From now on, it will auto-fill the next time your visit the site. You don’t even have to remember it!

Use Avast Passwords across all of your devices

Once you set up Avast Passwords on your computer, you can use it across all of your devices! Our password manager syncs everything securely using both symmetric and asymmetric cryptography encryption. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Set up Avast Passwords on your computer.
  2. Download the Avast Passwords app onto your iOS or Android devices.
  3. On your computer, open Avast Antivirus and go to Settings > Passwords > Synchronization > Turn On. You will be asked to log in to your Avast Account.
  4. Repeat Step 3 in the Avast Passwords app on your other devices and turn sync ON. Log in to the app with the same Avast Account you used on your computer.
  5. Go back to your computer and approve your devices to be synced.

Now you’re free from worry that your passwords might get cracked. You can make them as indecipherable as possible, and Avast Passwords will remember them for you. For additional security, you can set up a Master Password to serve as the password key to all your passwords. Moving forward, that’s the only password you need to remember. All your others are encrypted and far out of reach from all greedy evil-doers.

Want more protection?

And in case you’re ready for more layers of protection, upgrade to Passwords Premium and you get One Touch Login which lets you access your online accounts with a tap on your phone.  Plus you get Password Guardian which scans and identifies weak passwords that should be changed. It also actively monitors the internet 24/7 and warns you if any of your accounts are vulnerable due to a compromised website so that you can change your password right away.

Protect your privacy, your identity, and your money all in one resolution—make the switch to a password manager and start the new year off in safety.