What is a password manager?

Password managers allow users to store, generate, and securely share online credentials.  The passwords are either stored locally or in the cloud so that users can access the passwords from multiple devices or applications.  

Password managers can either be a standalone application or integrated into other products such as Internet browsers.  Standalone products do often have a plugin for all the major browsers.  For mobile access, apps are often provided that synch the credentials across all devices.  

In enterprise security deployments, password managers have low adoption rates for numerous reasons.  They also have other shortcomings that reduce the level of control and governance enterprise security teams have over the credentials stored in the applications.

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