Remembering passwords can be a right pain. We all know that we shouldn't use the same one on every site, but recalling the intricate codes that have to be created to defy hackers these days gets to be impossible after a while.
There is a solution though, which comes in the form of a password manager. These clever apps store all of your passwords in one single secure database that's password protected. Meanwhile, autofill features mean usernames and passwords can be automatically entered into website, ensuring they don't have to be typed.
Here's our pick of the very best.
This easy to use software is a mini-miracle and is widely regarded as one of the best password managers in the business. It builds on the (relatively) simple idea of auto generating complicated passwords for you by putting them into a fresh looking database. All you need remember is one master password (keep it secret, keep it safe).
The online portal is easy to navigate, with good search tools, a shared password facility and a handy emergency contact section that allows you to grant access to trusted friends or family under certain circumstances (if your laptop is stolen, for example).
The basic package is free, but for other advanced features it costs just $2 (around £1.50) per month, billed annually. You can also take advantage of the Family tier that offers six premium accounts for $48 per year (around £37)
Lastpass is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Dashlane is another world-beater. It has all consuming - but totally secure - reach across your sites and devices. It generates auto logins, strong passwords and constantly monitors your accounts to inform you of suspicious activity or when you should change your passwords.
It also has a digital wallet feature that can securely store your different payment methods, offering quick checkout and decent form filling when it comes to a spot of online shopping. The premium version is the one to plump for if you want it working across devices, and starts at $39.99 for the year (around £30). Admittedly, that puts it at the high end in this category, but it's still not a lot to pay for total password security.
Dashlane is available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.
Don’t let the baffling mascot Mr Manatee fool you, Sticky Password is an excellent password manager.
It boasts a high level encryption standard (AES-256, in case you were wondering), and has biometric compatibility on its mobile apps, so if you use your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone you can easily verify your identity.
Apps are available for Android, iOS, Blackberry OS10, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nokia X, Windows, and macOS.
The free version is very good, but the $29.99 (around £23) premium version gets you cloud backup, local Wi-Fi syncing across devices and quicker access to customer services. Oh, and a donation to saving manatees. Not so baffling anymore!
One of the longest running password managers, RoboForm has an excellent reputation for no nonsense password security. It was one of the first mainstream solutions to the password problem that effortlessly slid onto computers and saved people time every day. Which is exactly what it still does today.
It works across PC, Mac, phone, tablet and even via USB drives. It’s pleasing that it doesn’t push its paid version very hard, but if you want to sync across devices, it’s $19.95 (around £15) for a year, which is very good value.
A family package also offers the same service but for up to five users, and will set you back $39.90 per year (around £30).
Designed for individuals, but also as a business solution, Keeper is an excellent, adaptable password manager.
The software generates strong passwords for you and stores them on your device, while managing auto-fill and logins across platforms and on all your other devices too.
It also has a clever file share function that lets consumers and businesses alike confidently cloud store files and access them as and when.
Consumers can also use the fingerprint scanner on their phones to log into individually assigned apps or websites, giving them peace of mind.
The service is available for £21/$30 per year, or £45/$60 for the family package that offers five accounts.
Businesses can quickly get a quote from Keeper to see how much a year's subscription would be.
Keeper supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry, and even Windows Phone!
Canadian-based 1Password is another popular service that's available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.
Just like many others it allows you to store your passwords in a secure vault that can only be unlocked by your master code (hence the name 1Password).
AES-256 encryption keeps things locked up tight, and browser extensions make filling in forms or login details online quick and easy.
One special feature 1Password offers is the ability to remove all sensitive data from your device and store it on the company server. This is intended to be used should you be travelling through countries that might demand access to your PC, smartphone, or tablet.
The part is that when you return home you just turn off the Travel Mode and your data will be automatically restored.
1Password offers a 30-day free trial, then afterwards you can either sign up to the premium tier for £35/$36 per year, or the family account that offers 5 users for £59/$60 per year.