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    How do you manage your password? Still maintaining an excel sheet and shared across the team?

    I understand sharing credentials through excel sheet works, but it has a lot of complexity and not secure enough.

    There is a better and secure way to share your team’s password, thanks to the following fantastic tools. But, before getting into the tools list, why do you need the password manager?

    When you work in a team and managing multiple products, applications, servers, infrastructure, then there is a high chance that you will have some generic credentials. Anyone of the team members will use the credentials. And the fun starts when someone changes the password and does not communicate with the rest of the members.

    Have you had this situation?

    To manage the generic credential in a better way, there are multiple open-source, FREE, and commercial Password Manager tools available to use.

    Let’s explore them.

    KeePass

    KeePass is an open-source password safe tool that is easy to use and light-weight. You can store all types (FTP, SMTP, Console, Firewall, Website, Members, etc.) of a password.

    All passwords are stored in a single database protected with a unique master password or a key file. So the key here is to keep the master password safe and protected as that will allow unlocking all the stored passwords in a database.

    The password database is encrypted with AES and Twofish algorithms, so you know it’s secure. Official download is available for Windows and portable. However, many unofficial downloads are available for a different platform like Linux, Android, and Mac OSX.

    The portable version makes life much easier as you can use that within USB drive and plug into any Windows computer, whenever you want. Some of the worth mentioning features are:

    • Export password entries in CSV, XLS, TXT, XML and HTML format
    • Import from TXT and CSV
    • Generate password randomly
    • Search the password
    • Know when it was created, modified, and going to expire

    Keeper

    With astonishing features, Keeper Security takes password management to a whole different level. It is a great tool to store your passwords and stay away from the next cyber attack. And I am not just making that up. Keeper Security is trusted by brands like Google, Samsung, and Amazon. That makes it quite self-explanatory!

    This tool literally eliminates the risk of a data breach with features like:

    • Private vaults for each user
    • Auto-generates strong passwords
    • Easy and secure folder sharing
    • Protected file storing
    • Elegant admin panel
    • Info-rich reports and audit scores for security controls

    Another cool thing about this tool is that it’s available for almost all devices, including Laptop, PC, Mobile, and Tablet. The business version is priced at $2.50/month/user and comes with a free trial as well.

    1Password

    For just $7.99/user/month, you can get your hands on one of the most secure password managers for your business. 1Password allows you to take your team on-board and start securing their assets immediately within mere minutes.

    It comes with an excellent admin panel to help you see everything that demands your attention, such as security concerns and an overview of how your business utilizes 1Password. This massively helps in increasing the productivity levels of your team members as well.

    Other than that, some main features of this service include:

    • Ability to create groups and assign permissions to certain members
    • Generate insightful reports
    • Check every company email for possible breaches
    • Enforce multi-factor authentication
    • Set security policies and add rules for better prevention

    1Password has a brilliant support team to tackle any of your doubts and concerns immediately. It’s also important to mention that it’s completely GDPR-compliant and trusted by companies like IBM, Dropbox, and Slack.

    You can jump on it for free to check for yourself if it’s suitable for your business.

    Hypervault

    Perfectly built for IT teams. Hypervault allows you to store not just the user and password but all kinds of relevant fields – port, server, connection details, license, etc.

    Some of the features are.

    • More than 50 password templates for popular services
    • Multiple security – 2FA, Salt, PBKDF2, Iterations, etc
    • Categorize the credentials

    Dashlane

    Do you know Dashlane got a business plan?

    You can use multiple devices to create, share, and manage the credentials. Dashlane is a SaaS-based solution, and pricing starts from $4 per month. Let’s check out some of its features.

    • Built-in password generator to create a unique and secure password
    • Share password securely with team member or group
    • 2-FA integration
    • Autofill

    The advantage of using a cloud-based password manager like Dashlane is all credentials are synced so you can access from anywhere – Android, iOS, Linux, MAC, Windows. Go ahead and give a try to see how it works.

    Enpass

    Store every sensitive information (password, account, license, notes, PIN, etc.) locally on your device. Enpass is a cross-platform solution, and it works on a wearable device as Apple Watch and Android wear.

    Enpass got an optional feature to sync your data to a cloud provider such as Google Drive, Box, One Drive, iCloud. But don’t worry; all data gets encrypted using AES-256 for the sync. The following are some of its features.

    • Import from other password managers
    • Be organized with folder and sub-folders
    • In-built auditing to make you aware of a weak or strong password
    • Support password recipes to generate a pronounceable password

    With the help of a browser extension, you don’t need to type user and password manually; instead, autofill.

    Passbolt

    An open-source and self-hosted solution. Passbolt is built for the teams, and the below picture explains how it works!

    If you don’t want to manage the installation and administration yourself, you can use their cloud-hosted solution.

    Alternatively, you can try DigitalOcean who offers Passbolt server through the marketplace.

    Passwork

    Self-hosted or cloud, you choose.

    Passwork lets you store passwords in a structured way with tag and color labeling. You can invite your team members and control the permission between read-only and full rights. It allows you to import and export the data from CSV format.

    Some of the features are:

    • One-click login
    • Custom vault permission
    • Detailed activity log so you know who is accessing.
    • In-built version control so you can roll-back if necessary.
    • Password overview strengths so you can take action and prioritize

    Passwork is available through web browsers, mobile devices, and browser extensions.

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    Bitwarden

    Use it for a personal, team, or an entire organization. Bitwarden uses multi-security algorithms and available as self-hosted or SaaS.

    If you choose to self-host, you can do it on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Docker. Let’s check out some of their features.

    • Audit trail of user’s action
    • Let the user have access to a password as need-basis with ACL and user groups.
    • Share with other team members.
    • Duo Security for enhanced security

    Get it started with FREE Plan to see how easy it is to use.

    Psono

    Psono is an enterprise-ready open-source password manager with the following features.

    • Multifactor authentication with the support of Duo, Google Authenticator, and Yubikey
    • Password sync to use on multiple devices
    • Multiple levels of encryption
    • In-built auditing

    Enterprise edition supports LDAP integration, audit logging, and more.

    Password Safe

    A free open-source with more than 4 million downloads. Password Safe is one of the popular ones and available in multiple languages.

    A master password protects the password database.

    LastPass

    A popular choice among personal or business use. LastPass for business is a great way to secure all the IT related passwords.

    LastPass offers an enterprise-level solution like LDAP and AD federated integration, making it easy for an employee to use their existing credentials. All the credentials are managed centrally. They are trusted by more than 40,000 organizations globally and offer a trial.

    Conclusion

    Storing passwords can be a nightmare when working in a large team, and I hope the above tools help you ease the job. Don’t let someone steal your password; use the right tools to protect and manage.

    BTW, where do you store application secrets like API key, private key, etc.?

    GitHub?

    Don’t!

    Check out these secrets manager software to manage credentials within applications.