What is the difference between just having a browser save and autofill passwords, and using a password manager?
You could say the biggest difference between browser stored passwords and password managers is password managers allow you to manage your credentials. If you need to change your password or update your account information, password managers can do this a lot easier than the browser password saver. To name a few other things:
- Password Managers can be used and synced across many devices.
- Some Password Managers have an auto password changer for certain compromised accounts. For example, if LinkedIn gets hacked, compromising millions of accounts, the Password Manager will automatically change your password ensuring your account stays safe.
- Built-in password auditing to make sure passwords are not being shared by accounts and are up to industry standard.
- Autofill features just like in the browser.
- Allows for storage of other sensitive information other than passwords and usernames.
- Provides password generator to ensure passwords are as secure as possible.
Generally, a password manager is a much better way to keep track of your passwords and ensure they are all secure and up to industry standard.
Browser-saved password don’t offer a lot and can sometimes lead people into the pitfalls of poor password management.