Ways to Securely Share Passwords

September 11, 2020

At one time or another, you've very likely emailed a password to a website designer, friend or other agency. What you may not have known is that your password was potentially exposed to more than the intended recipient. How is that possible you ask? There are a few scenarios when you email a password:

1) More than likely, the recipient's email is not secure

2) The password is always sent in plain text which means it is not stored within a database using encryption

3) The password is sitting in someones inbox in plain sight

4) Your own email may not be sending with SSL encryption

5) The recipient's email account could be hacked after they receive your message

Now that you have more understanding of what can happen with these passwords, let's take a look at a few ways to make the process more secure.

Password Managers

Most, if not all password managers have a 'secure share link' feature that allows you to share passwords with others.

1Password: https://blog.1password.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-password-sharing/

Dashlane: https://support.dashlane.com/hc/en-us/articles/202699021-How-to-share-your-saved-items

LastPass: https://blog.lastpass.com/2016/01/tips-for-securely-sharing-passwords/

One Time Unique Passwords

Create a temporary login with a unique, temporary password. This means, don't use a 'regular' password that you use for any of your own accounts. It is best to use the password generator or if your software doesn't have a password generator, use the one from Dashlane: https://www.dashlane.com/features/password-generator

Once the user is done logging in and making any necessary edits, you can delete their account.

Call the recipient

The most secure way, yet a little bit inconvenient is to call the person on the phone and give them the password. This avoids the possibility of a hacker intercepting the password(s).

Further Reading About Secure Passwords