(LifeHacker) – Using a password manager is smart security. That’s nothing new. However, the best password managers keep your credentials locked behind a single “master” password that only you know. But what happens if you lose that master password?

If you lose or forget your master password, getting in usually isn’t as simple as just clicking a “forgot password” button, like you would for any other account on the web. In most cases, you have to jump through a few hoops—or you can’t get it at all. In this post, we’ll look at some of the popular password managers out there and what you can do to avoid getting into this sticky situation.

Popular Password Managers and Their Master Password Policies

When you start using a password manager, it’ll likely warn you that it’s important to remember your master password. If there’s any password you should be sure to remember, it’s your master password. After all, that’s the whole point: It’s easier to remember (or secure) one good, strong password and let it generate the rest for you.

Depending on the password manager you choose, losing your master password can be easily remedied, or a nightmare to recover from. Here are some of the most popular, and how they handle lost master passwords.


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