Resources at a Glance: Password Managers

Here are some questions I want you to answer honestly:

  1. Do you have a list of all of your passwords stored somewhere? no.
  2. Is your password the same for multiple accounts? yes, definitely.
  3. Does your family know what online accounts you have in your name? not a chance.

When my brother in law passed away, we somehow had the unbelievable luck of finding a notebook with most of his passwords and accounts he had in his name. It made accessing his information so much easier, but so many families don’t have that luxury. So, if you are wanting to get yourself or a family member more organized in case anything were to happen to you or them, let’s talk about password managers. These systems are great for several reasons:

  • They grab all of your passwords for every site/account you have open and condense it into one place. This would be great in the event that something were to happen to you, you know your family could look at your password manger and see where all of your accounts are.
  • You only have to give your family one master password (depending on the password manager) that controls access to the password manager, which introduces less risk of incorrectly documenting a myriad of passwords we have out there and leading your family down a rabbit hole.
  • These are password storage systems are more secure than writing it in a notebook or saving them in your browser
  • It provides you with more secure password suggestions and keeps all of your passwords up to date, so if you change a password for an account, you don’t have to remember to go update your documentation of your username and password for that site.

Now that you’re on board, let’s talk about which ones were the most recommended based on my research and talking with others who use password managers:

  1. LastPass: This was hands down the most recommended on every review site I found thanks to the high quality free option and ease of use. Something unique about this one is that you can actually build in emergency contacts so that designated family members can access your passwords.
  2. Dashlane: I personally use this system and have loved it so far. Setup was easy and it pulled all of the passwords I had stored through Google Chrome so I didn’t have to enter each password into the Dashlane system. The desktop version is free but there is a paid version that offers more robust features like VPN.
  3. 1Password:1Password was a stand out because it also offers a family subscription if you are wanting to get your family members on the same platform.

There is exciting new technology coming that would eventually allow us to use things like biometrics to log into devices and accounts. But, until that day comes, let’s get organized and secure our online identity.

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Jeffrey T. Dobyns


President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS 

Jeffrey T. Dobyns

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS

Beyond crunching numbers and investment strategies, at SageSpring, we’re about building relationships. When you encounter Founder & President of SageSpring, Jeff Dobyns, it’s easy to understand why this is at the very heart of who we are as a firm. You won’t find stuffy formalities with Jeff; instead, you can expect to find him sharing a warm smile, communicating a compelling vision, or patiently untangling life’s complex challenges with clients. He believes in truly getting to know clients, understanding their aspirations and priorities, and navigating their financial plans with a tailored, comprehensive approach. Our team members have often been caught taking notes on Jeff’s effortless relationship skills from a distance, and we admire them for striving to learn from one of the best. 

Jeff’s financial expertise and wisdom are the perfect match to his innate people skills. Jeff holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChLU®) designations, and has held executive positions with financial planning firms for more than two decades. 

His dedication extends beyond the office to the boardroom and the local community, where Jeff is passionate about giving back. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Men of Valor, a prison ministry and mentoring program. Jeff also serves on the board of Send Musicians to Prison, which shares hope, healing and restoration with the imprisoned through musicians & artists. Jeff actively supports other initiatives in the community by sitting on the board of The Signatry of Middle Tennessee and the Halftime Institute of Nashville. 

Witnessing his four children, Gracyn, Hunter, Tanner, and Logan, excel on the field is almost just as rewarding, if not more, than celebrating the victories of seeing his clients overcome obstacles and build wealth. Spending weekends boating on the lake, hiking mountain trails, and fishing with his family are the moments Jeff cherishes most. It’s this grounded perspective that reveals the true meaning of wealth for Jeff: not just numbers on a page, but the freedom to create experiences that enrich your life and the lives of those you love. When you choose the Dobyns McMillin Wealth Team, you choose more than financial expertise. You choose a partner who champions your dreams, celebrates your victories, and walks besides you on the path to achieving your unique goals.

**Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.