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Three password apps to stay secure online

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How many passwords do you need to remember, let alone generate?

There's one for your work and personal email address, bank accounts, PayPal, ebay, different systems at work you need to sign into, your favourite online store...the list goes on.

And now, more than ever, you need to make sure you have strong, secure passwords that ideally aren't duplicated across different platforms.

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A report released by US telecommunications giant, Verizon last week revealed "63% of confirmed data breaches involved leveraging weak, default or stolen passwords".

The report was based on more than 100,000 incidents, analysis of 2260 breaches in 82 countries from 67 contributing organisations.

With this in mind, we reveal three popular password apps to help you stay secure online.

Dashlane

Cost: Free OS: iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows Save everything from credit cards to receipts in your digital wallet. You can import your passwords from your browser into your secure password vault. Dashlane will also generate strong passwords, save them to your vault and autofill as you browse. You can also store secure notes such as wifi passwords or notes to self that you don't want anybody else having access to. To sync across all devices, you can upgrade to the premium plan for $39.99 a year, otherwise the app is free to use on any one device.

1password

Cost: Free OS: iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows 1Password stores all your passwords and will generate strong, unique passwords. Use one password or touch ID to access the app and the rest is done for you. The app auto-fills passwords for you on your favourite websites within the app so there is no need for you to type in any details. The basic version of the mobile app is free, however for full control over syncing across multiple devices such as desktops, you will need to purchase Pro features. The single in-app purchase costs $14.99 or you can make a one-time purchase that gives you a license which includes desktop apps for $99.99.

Keeper

Cost: Free OS: iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows Like Dashlane and 1password, Keeper securely stores and manages your passwords, logins, credit card numbers, bank accounts and private information in your encrypted digital vault. You can upgrade to Keeper Unlimited which allows unlimited password storage, syncing, cloud backup and record sharing for $46.99 year.

Other popular password apps to consider include LastPass, RoboForm, oneSafe and mSecure.

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