It’s no secret anymore that sticking a post-it note to the side of your monitor isn’t the best way to keep your systems secure. But if that’s what you think your employees may actually be doing, fear not, we have all the things you need to know to go out there and find a password manager that is a great fit for your team.

The investment in a system is more than worth the heartache and expense of getting hacked, and it’s almost always weak passwords that can be easily guessed that lets the nefarious characters in, not some powerful code that can breach firewalls.

With that in mind, here are the top things you want to look for in password management software:

  1. Two-factor authentication: This ensures it takes two steps to get into your sacred login vaults instead of just one.
  2. Dark web monitoring: Sometimes you are compromised and don’t even know it. The feature means they will find any place public or private on the internet where your personal information may live.
  3. Password generation: It’s not enough to dream up a complicated password on your own, your choice should be a generator that creates long-form passwords for you.
  4. Auto-login: Once you are on a site that requires a password, the password extension should log you in automatically.
  5. Sharing logins securely: There’s a good chance your team members may need to log in to the same site with the same login. Make sure sharing logins is an included function.
  6. Multi-platform usage: Your new password helper should work on Mac, PCs as well as every major browser like FireFox, Chrome, and Edge.

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to start Googling for what’s best for you. You’ll likely find over 50 options on the market, but the ones to look at first include DashLane, 1Password, RoboForm, Bitwarden, and Keeper. Yes, this will all take some time, but the time you’ll spend trying to get back compromised information will be worse.