Here's How Safe Password Managers Really Keep You

The internet has grown to encompass more arenas of our lives than we could have ever imagined. Just this week, news broke that a line of auto-lacing Nikes stops working if you connect the shoes to an Android device. In this environment, online security is paramount. If you're serious about avoiding identity theft, one of your best bets is investing in a password manager.

One of the surest ways to endanger your personal information is to use the same password at multiple sites' logins. Password managers not only save you from having to remember each correct password, but they also generate far more secure options, which they combine with varying levels of encryption. You may have already spotted the potential problem with this setup: Isn't your security still vulnerable if it's all entrusted to one service?

The first answer is yes, but the second is that you shouldn't freak out. This week, a new study found security flaws in five of the most popular password managers. The developers have responded with disagreements about the findings and assurances for consumers. However, Washington Post columnist Geoffrey Fowler puts it best: "Online safety isn't about being unhackable; it's about not being the lowest-hanging fruit."

Password managers are still incredibly good protection, as is the reality that most of our stuff is generally too boring to hack. In addition to a password manager, security experts recommend keeping all your devices' software as up to date as possible. "Being 100 percent safe would require disconnecting from the Internet and moving to an undisclosed bunker," Fowler writes. Mitigate even the reasonable risks and you should be well ahead of the game.