Advantages and Disadvantages of a Hybrid Password Manager
A hybrid password managers is a combination of web, desktop, and/or a token-based password manager utilizing the benefits of each to meet the various needs of IT managers and their users. Offerings can include a password manager that utilizes a token as a factor but stores the secure password on the computer itself so that there is no over-the-air transfer at risk of being spoofed. A software will be required to be installed on each computer, but this can easily be done by the IT admin from a central admin console.
Combining the various types of password managers into a unified solution allows the IT admin to reduce the risks associated with each type while taking advantage of the inherent security enhancements of each. For example, using a token to authenticate the user onto a password manager allows the end user to not be dependent on a master password. But by not storing the passwords on the token itself, it reduces the risk of losing passwords if the token is lost. By combining desktop and web-based password managers, a hybrid password manager solution can allow for passwords to be accessed even when the network is not available, but at the same time be able to access passwords on every computer the user logs into by synchronizing them through the common password server.
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