No, LastPass fans, the title of this post doesn’t mean that you need to tell me I’m an idiot for switching. LastPass is still my favorite password manager, although I do enjoy 1Password’s user interface. I recently decided, though, that it would be prudent to have a backup of my passwords in a secure place, outside of Lastpass. I already had a license for 1Password, so that seemed like the perfect spot. Here’s how I backed up my LastPass passwords to 1Password. You could use the same method to migrate from LastPass to 1Password, too.Read more
It seems like every day we read of a website that has been hacked, and had its users’ login details leaked. One of my favorite services, LastPass, now offers a service to help you discover if your information was leaked by a website. The service, LastPass Sentry, uses PwnedList to monitor whether your credentials have been stolen.Read more
LastPass is the 40Tech community’s choice for 2011 App of the Year. After almost a week of voting, LastPass outdistanced the second place finisher, Springpad, by over 250 votes. If we had voted ourselves, LastPass would have merited strong consideration. As a convenient and secure password manager, it is one of a handful of apps that the 40Tech team uses on a daily basis. One of the earliest posts we wrote, and still one of our most popular, was a comparison between LastPass, KeePass, and eWallet, with LastPass coming out on top as our favorite password manager. LastPass fared just as well when we put it through the paces against 1Password. Do you use LastPassRead more
LastPass, our favorite password manager, has just introduced support for two-factor authentication through Google Authenticator. Two-factor authentication is a form of security that requires a user to present a second form of confirmation before being able to log in to an account. We previously wrote about how, for Google accounts, that second form of authentication can come via a one-time code generated by the Authenticator app for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. That same app can now be used with LastPass.Read more
Password managers help you keep track of your passwords, which is vital if you want to use unique passwords on all sites that you visit. We’ve previously compared Lastpass, Keepass, and eWallet, and found that Lastpass came out on top. Those apps aren’t the only apps in the password manager field, though, and Lastpass just experienced a potential security issue. “Potential” is the key word here. There was no definitive indication that user data was compromised, but the LastPass team required all users to change their master passwords, out of an abundance of caution. Still, it seemed like a good time to compare Lastpass with another popular choice in the field, 1Password.Read more
LastPass Hit By Potential Security Breach (and Some Quick Tips On Creating a Strong, Memorable Password)
With all of the crazy outages and hacking going on in the digital world over the past week or two, the fact that LastPass has an issue (as of May 3rd), probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Still, it is a bit of a shock to the system to be reminded that the “last password you’ll have to remember” is potentially as vulnerable as any other. Before panic sets in among LastPass users (of which I am one), know that the company is on it, and that those with strong, non-dictionary based passwords should be fine in any case. LastPass also admits that they may even be overreacting, but prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to keeping your data safe — a policy that I am 100% behind.
Hit the jump for more on the issue, and a refresher on creating strong passwords.
Last week, Lifehacker posted an article detailing how to recover your Firefox master password using a freeware password recovery tool, Firemaster. Firemaster generates password guesses on the fly, coupled with other procedures, to rapidly attempt to crack your password. If you lose your master password, you lose access to ALL of your passwords, so being able to recover it is great, right? Maybe not. If you can use Firemaster to crack your password, so can anyone who has access to your computer. A few months ago, we took a look at three password managers, and fell in love with LastPass. […]Read more
I initially intended for this post to discuss my disappointment with password managers. After a few years of hearing tech sites and other tech geeks praise password managers, I finally jumped on the bandwagon last week. A password manager is software that helps you organize and remember passwords, PIN codes, and sometimes even bank account and credit card information. I wanted a password manager that would work across multiple platforms – PC, iPhone, and U3 (SanDisk’s thumbdrive technology). For that reason, I started with eWallet. From there, I also looked at KeePass, which is the manager I have seen discussed […]Read more