Welcome to TNW Basics, a accumulating of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

If you, like millions of other people, use the same countersign for just about every appliance you use, then I’m sorry to break it to you, but one of these days, you’ll apparently get hacked, if you aren’t already. 

Although you apparently brainstorm a hacker as a hooded, geeky man sat behind a laptop breaking into accounts by academic people’s admired movies and lucky numbers, surprisingly, that’s not how it works. In fact, hackers accurately target accessible sites and access its chump database where they can easily find your details. But, we’re not here to scare you (that much), we’ve produced a guide on how to deeply store and bethink all your passwords.

But, we don’t have tips to absolutely make your brain to acquire each and every one of your passwords. We’re talking about countersign managers which automatically store and bethink them for you. These handy tools work across your accessories and there’s plenty to choose from, be that paid or free. 

The free option: LastPass

How to save all your passwords together

Once you’ve created your LastPass account, it’s time to assuredly get your life calm and save all your passwords. So, here’s how to save your passwords:

  1. Head to a site that requires a login, for example, our admired social networking site, Facebook. 
  2. Enter your credentials, but before hitting Sign in click the LastPass icon inside the countersign field, then click Save accreditation for this site.

As you visit more sites, your LastPass annual will gradually fill with login capacity and when you revisit these sites, LastPass will automatically fill in the capacity and log you in securely. 


How to accomplish hacker-proof passwords

It’s now time to wave goodbye to “Password123!” for good. LastPass gives you the option to test and fix your weak passwords. Here’s how to do this:

  1. In your desktop toolbar, click on the LastPass icon > My Vault
  2. Click the Security Challenge tab.
  3. Then, click Show My Score.
  4. When prompted, enter your Master Password.
  5. Wait a few annual while LastPass analyzes all of your passwords.
  6. Once completed, LastPass will give a score for each countersign and will prompt you to: Change Compromised Password, Change Weak Passwords, Change Reused Passwords, and Change Old Passwords. 
  7. For the passwords that LastPass advises to change, click the Auto-Change button and the tool will automatically change and save the new password. 

Using LastPass on your smartphone

  1. Firstly, search for ‘LastPass’ on the app store, be that Android or iOS.
  2. Then, create an annual using an email abode and a strong ‘Master Password.’ Agnate to the desktop points, make sure your countersign is strong since this is the only code you’ll have to bethink to have access all of your stored passwords later on.
  3. To start adding passwords, click on Add at the top right-hand side of your phone screen.
  4. Select Password, which is the first option, then tap on one of the appropriate sites or search your own.


You can also import all your saved passwords from your desktop LastPass account:

  1. To do this, Login to LastPass and access your Vault.
  2. Click More Options in the left menu, then click Advanced.
  3. Now, select Import.
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select a source from LastPass’ list of accurate sources to import from, then your passwords will be sent to your device. 

LastPass also gives you the option to advancement your annual for $24 a year. Going exceptional will allow you to share passwords, Wi-Fi logins, and associates appearance with others. It also gives you better aegis with multifactor affidavit options, and you’ll get antecedence abutment from the LastPass team. 


Although there’s assorted free countersign managers out there, sometimes it pays to have a exceptional paid account. Take 1Password for example. For $2.99 a month (or $4.99 a month for the family plan).

  1. Firstly, head to 1Password’s site.
  2. 1Password offers a 30-day free trial, then you can decide whether you want the alone cover for $2.99 a month, the family plan for $4.99 a month which covers five people (then it’s a dollar more for each member you add later on). You can alternatively pay a ancient fee of $65 — but this only works for Mac.
  3. Now it’s time to create an annual using an email abode and a secure ‘Master password.’ Creating an annual takes a little while as you’ll need to verify your email, and download your claimed PDF file with all your info on. This file includes a QR code that you’ll need to add any apps to your account. 

How to use 1Password on desktop 

  1. Download the software for your desktop type
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. Click Scan Annual Details.
  4. Scan the Setup QR Code in your claimed PDF file you downloaded earlier.
  5. Finally, you can now download the browser extension

How to start saving passwords on 1Password

Once you’ve set up your annual and chosen your adopted cable type, it’s time to start abetment up all your passwords. Agnate to the steps categorical for LastPass, every time you visit a site that requires login authentication, save the capacity to 1Password. Here’s how to do this:

  1. When you arrive at a site, log in as you commonly would using your email and password.
  2. Then, 1Password will automatically prompt you to save these details. Simply click Save Login.
  3. Be sure to create stronger passwords as you go. When you visit sites, 1Password will give you the option to create a new countersign by beat the icon in your browser, then selecting Password Generator. 

As you visit more sites, your 1Password annual will gradually fill with login capacity and when you revisit these sites, the countersign administrator will automatically fill in the capacity and log you in securely. 

Using 1Password on your mobile 

As mentioned, 1Password is also accessible on iOS and Android smart accessories for free — although you have to have a paid cable to unlock all its features. Here’s how to manage your passwords via your phone:

  1. Download the 1Password app. It’s accessible on Android and iOS. 
  2. In your phone’s settings, give permission to 1Password to automatically fill out passwords when prompted. On iOS, this is found in Settings > Passwords & Accounts >AutoFill Passwords > then tick 1Password. On Android, you can give permission to 1Password through Settings > Autofill > tap 1Password to enable autofill.

Saving passwords on your phone is pretty agnate to the steps on desktop, and all passwords sync across accessories once changes are made. Here’s how to save accreditation using your mobile:

  1. Enter your login capacity on a site that requires this.
  2. Once logged in, you can start saving login capacity by branch to the Categories tab.
  3. Then, select the button at the top-right hand side of the screen. Then tap Login, which is the first option.
  4. Now you can select any of the sites listed including your YouTube contour or Gmail account. Or alternatively, you can manually search a site using the search bar. 
  5. Once you’ve gone through all your site logins, the app will not automatically log you in. Easy!


Read next: Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Over 100,000 shops and merchants are accepting Bitcoin now’