You have been told multiple times to not share your passwords. However, there are times when it is needed between family members, co-workers, and as a web design expert, I have to send and receive passwords all the time. Unfortunately, hackers know this and constantly search the web, phone networks, and more for passwords that allow them to wreak havoc. Below, we will show you the secure way to share passwords.

How Hackers Get Passwords

Your shared passwords can be compromised in any number of ways. For example, hackers are constantly running searches for the term “password” when surfing the regular web, dark web, leaked emails, texts, and many other sources. Just one hit from your phone, computer, or other device will allow them to see the password you have typed and use it against you.

How to Share a Password Securely

As with many things, the best ways to share a password is in person. For example, if you are hiring a web designer and have met them in person to offer them the job, give them your relevant passwords then and there. Make sure they also store your passwords in a secure place. If you share passwords over the phone, it’s best to use a traditional landline and not one of those free VOIP services where you get what you pay for.

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Another good way to share your passwords is via a password manager. Paid options are best, but there are a few free ones you may add to your phone or browser as an extension. A few good ones include:

  • Bitwarden Review (the top choice of PC Mag) – They have tons of plans for individuals, families, and businesses. They have a free plan, but their $10 per year plan is also a great choice.
  • Lastpass – This popular choice is used among many individuals and businesses. The free or paid plans allow you to share your passwords with other users in a secure manner. It also gets high ratings in both app stores.
  • Keeper – We like them for their discounts for military and medical personnel. You may download the app for free for your Windows, Mac, or Linux device and enjoy many free features, along with paid options.

But of course, not all your contacts will use one of the above or the same one you use. However, we have discovered a great little tool called This Link Will Self Destruct. You input your password, select your recipients, how many times the link may be opened, max view time, and even when the link will self destruct even if never clicked on.

But What If I Have to Share a Password Now Without the Above?

We don’t recommend it but there are a few ways to decrease your chances of having a password leaked via email or text. For example, instead of using the word “password,” try using shorthand like “pw” or “here is the info we discussed.” You may also use an online decoder. First, you copy and paste the pw into a decoding tool. Then you copy and paste their decoded information into your email. Then you send a text saying the email needs to be decoded using X tool. In fact, be sure to break up your usernames, passwords, and even login urls in as many pieces as possible to make life even more difficult for hackers.

How to Stay Secure, Period.

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