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2018 Predictions: The Top 5 Apps to Watch Next Year

Here at TeamPassword, we help 15,000 customers worldwide keep their businesses functioning at the highest level. This extensive customer database provides unique insight into the popular tools, apps, and systems that companies rely on to keep their projects moving efficiently.

We’ve analyzed data from our users and carefully watched trends to track surges and declines in the numbers of people adding similar logins to predict the top 5 tools to watch in 2018. Ensuring that you’re using the best and most up-to-date tools available on the web is essential to success. If you’re not familiar with the apps on this list, now is the time to prepare yourself and your business for the New Year!

 

  • Sendgrid – Despite being a huge company, Sendgrid has generally been seen as a tool that developers use to send transactional emails. Recently, we’ve seen our customers adding Sendgrid accounts more frequently than Mailchimp… (for some reason we should take a guess on)

  • Zapier – Very useful in tying systems together, Zapier has been on an upward trend for the last year or two and it looks like they’re unlikely to slow down.

  • WPEngine – With WordPress powering a large percent of the internet, WPEngine is the number one WP hosting platform added to TeamPassword.

  • Office365 – When a lot of today’s developers were coming up, Microsoft was not at all cool, but it’s becoming a very popular web productivity platform. The new, cool Microsoft appears to be taking hold — and giving the Gmail platform a run for their money according to our client data.

  • SurveyMonkey – Despite our in-house love of Typeform, the Monkey still reigns supreme amongst the survey tools used by our clients.

 

At TeamPassword we’re dedicated to helping you be more productive; in a busy work day, we understand that every minute counts. This year the average client managed 147 system logins using TeamPassword — and saved on average 120 minutes when onboarding new employees and clients. What could you accomplish with an extra 2 hours in the New Year?

TeamPassword allows you to manage and share access to the apps, services, and tools your team needs to save time and keep projects moving smoothly. Visit www.teampassword.com to start your year with a free 14-day trial, and decide for yourself how to spend all your extra time!  

 

From Ugly to Beautiful: WebMechanix’s Switch to TeamPassword

Chris Mechanic is co-founder and CEO of WebMechanix, a digital marketing firm in Baltimore. Specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising, and Marketing Automation, Chris Mechanic has learned a thing or two about good productivity.

How did you manage your passwords before TeamPassword?

It was somewhat ugly and somewhat insecure. We managed passwords largely via spreadsheets that lived in Google Drive. It was a pretty substantial struggle to make sure everything was in there, and then there was also the security risk and difficulty granting permissions. We basically had two different spreadsheets: one for mission-critical stuff that only executives had access to (e.g. FTP/hosting/CRM/CMS) and one for non-mission critical stuff that pretty much everyone had access to. We had like thirty clients at that time, so having a different spreadsheet for each client was cumbersome.

How do you structure your TeamPassword account?

We structure it in a similar way, largely—we’ve got a group in TeamPassword called “Sensitive Stuff.” That’s where we keep FTP creds, hosting information, and other sensitive stuff. We have one group called “Client Tools” for tools that we use across many clients, like MOZ. Then we also have a group for “Client-Specific Tools.” Then another CRM group, which is more sensitive, so fewer people have access to it. We have a few other groups that are broken out by categories and functions and we’re careful about the titles we use for passwords. For instance, a lot of our clients use Salesforce so we learned quickly to assign each client a 3-5 character code (for example, Pepsi would be PEP) and now we can easily see which Salesforce password to use.

What’s your favorite part of using TeamPassword?

Well, it’s beautiful because you don’t need to access a spreadsheet prior to logging in. TeamPassword eliminates those small chunks of time wasted trying to remember a password- and that time can really add up.

What do you geek out about most at work?

I geek out about everything digital marketing. SEO, PPC, analytics, and conversion. I’m also into “CEO stuff” like management philosophies, operational efficiency, and leadership.

What is your best productivity tip?

To eliminate distractions by doing things in chunks. I like to work in chunks of time. You should also have a plan before you start working.

What advice would you give yourself ten years ago?

10 years ago I would have given myself the advice to invent TeamPassword. Just kidding. I would have given myself the advice to quit my job and start my company earlier.

6 Steps to Using a Team Password Manager for your Small Business

If you set up the right processes and systems for password sharing, you’ll never have to waste time worrying about password management again. Read on to learn six password strategies that will let you get back to working on your core business.

1-Identify who needs access. Obviously, your employees will need access to certain passwords, but it’s also likely that outside vendors may need to access certain accounts as well. Does your bookkeeper need access to your credit card account? Does your marketing consultant need access to your Twitter account? Make a list of everyone who will need access to your company’s passwords and then dole out password information accordingly.

2-Identify shared password groups. Once you’ve identified everyone who will need access, organize those team members into different password access groups. For example, your technical team likely won’t need access to the same passwords as your marketing team. Here are a few common groups we see small businesses using:

  • Administrative: Admins and office manager types need access to accounts like Staples, Amazon, hotels, and airlines.
  • Finance: Bookkeepers and accountants need access to accounts like your commercial bank, credit cards, and payroll system.
  • Marketing: Your internal team, consultants, and/or agency will need access to accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, GoDaddy, and any Content Management Systems (CMS) you or your clients use.

Creating groups in TeamPassword is easy and ensures that the appropriate people—and only the appropriate people—have access to the passwords they need.

3-Update your hiring procedures. You likely already have a process for hiring people that includes collecting tax paperwork and inputting information into payroll. We suggest you add one more step—add the new hire to the appropriate password groups in your password management app. This way, the new hire will never be held up waiting for someone to give them the password for a site they need to do their job.

4-Update your termination procedures.

No one likes to think that an employee isn’t going to work out but let’s be realistic. It’s important to be prepared for when someone leaves (or is asked to leave). You don’t want an unhappy ex-employee to have full access to your bank accounts, social media, or any sensitive company information. Even if an employee left your company amicably, you should remove them from your TeamPassword account to minimize risk. If an ex-employee has poor password management habits, they could jeopardize your company without doing anything malicious. If one of their accounts gets hacked, your password security (and thus bank accounts, credit cards, and reputation) could be in danger.

5-Don’t forget about the all too important consultants and vendors! When you begin working with a vendor or consultant, don’t forget to add them to the appropriate password groups. And, of course, if you stop working with a consultant or vendor, you should treat it just like an employee termination, and remove access to your passwords.

6-Double check your work on a regular basis. People are, well, human, and we all make mistakes. You should set a regular schedule, perhaps once a quarter, to sign in and review your password groups. First, make sure the users on your account are current. Second, review the groups to which your users are assigned. For example, if Joe changed from an administrative assistant to a marketing role, he would likely no longer need the password for your Amazon account. Plus, regular check-ins will help make sure no one accidentally gave your tech intern access to all of your banking passwords.

We created TeamPassword to help people manage their team’s passwords the right way. If you follow this simple system, you can say goodbye to shared Google documents, outdated Excel spreadsheets, and password security breaches. Give it a try with our free 14-day trial!

3 Ways to Use a Team Password Manager for Your Agency

Managing passwords shouldn’t get in the way of doing good work for your clients. However, when each client has several, dozens, or hundreds of passwords to manage, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s nothing quite so infuriating as getting held up on a big project because you can’t “find the damn password.”

Managing passwords on a shared Google Doc can be not only messy but insecure (anyone with edit access can change those privacy settings!) And a password-protected Excel document is going to become outdated over several different versions on different people’s computers. Who wants to spend more time looking at spreadsheets, anyway?

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