RememBear is a password manager—but with bear puns. As in, ensuring you have the bear minimum of work to do in remembering your passwords, while keeping them ultra-safe. What’s not to love?
If you’re not familiar with the idea of password managers, here’s cofounder of RememBear, Ryan Dochuk, to make the case. “Almost everyone on the internet has been affected by a hack. Those passwords have been published out on the internet, for those looking to steal identities, other accounts, or see devices compromised.” Ugh. Not so cute. So, what’s a privacy-loving person to do? Use a password manager and create unique, tough passwords for all of your online accounts.
We all have to remember so many passwords that most of us use the same ones for several accounts or have very simple passwords to make them easy to recall. Trouble is, that leaves our accounts at risk. Even if we think we’re being crafty by using numbers in the place of letters, like 7s instead of Ls, or 3s instead of Es, the hackers are on to us, says Dochuk.
Why is it secure to use RememBear? What if, somehow, they got hacked? Ah, of course they’ve thought of that. “RememBear is end-to-end encrypted, before data leaves the device,” says Dochuk. So even if their servers were compromised, it would be unreadable data. Dochuk notes that they don’t expect people just to take their word for it that their data is secure. “All of our software is audited annually for security by a third party that is made of world cryptographic experts, who audit every line of code.”
So, download RememBear, and create your master password, something you can definitely remember. Pick something tough, which you’ll see RememBear rates as a Grizzly. If you don’t hit enough symbols or characters, your bear will turn into a sheep, or worse, a tiny, frightened little lamb. Cute, but weak.
Once you have that grizzly level password, it’s OK to write it down on paper—just keep it hidden away, nowhere near your computer. Next, add RememBear to Safari to let it capture passwords as you log in to things; you’ll only need to do this once across all devices you use with the app. For any passwords that are weak, or for sites you know have had data leaks, go through the password reset process and let the app suggest stronger passwords.
Remember, don't be a little lamb. Be a bear.