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.
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