After the RPS forums were hacked at some point in November or January or something, I procrastinated for months on changing my passwords. At some point I decided I didn't want to manually think up new passwords and change them for my 50++ accounts on various Internet forums, websites and services.
So, password managers sounded like a good idea. Are they actually? I have no deep knowledge of computer security, I'm afraid. In the discussions about hacked passwords, I never even understood what "hashed and salted" passwords were. So can anyone explain in simple terms whether password managers are secure, whether they are worth using, and what not to do in order not to compromise its security? (I hope this topic is interesting enough to be beneficial to more people than just myself.)
Some potential password managers I found include:
LastPass (free or Permium)
and gazillions more, I fear.
Any recommendations? Right now I'd tend to LastPass, I think, but without any background knowledge I cannot be sure that this is a safe choice. Is it?
Your help is much appreciated.