Tip of the Week #210: Password Manager

LastPass is great password manager that I’ve recently started using. In fact, according to Steve Gibson of Security Now, it just may be “the best solution possible” for passwords. You can visit the LastPass site to see a list of features. Like other password managers, (including KeePass which we’ve talked about before) LastPass puts all of your individual passwords behind one master password. By supplying your master password, LastPass can then automatically log you in to any web site you visit once you’ve saved your login credentials.

In Sync & Accessible Anywhere:
LastPass synchs passwords over the internet, so all your saved passwords on your laptop computer, for example, will always be synched up on your home desktop computer or even that shiny new iPad you just got for Christmas.

Secure
LastPass only stores encrypted data, and the key to that data stays on your computer (or, In your head if you’re not logged in.) LastPass can even do things like auto-generate a strong, secure password for you when you’re creating a new site login (Don’t forget all you need to remember is your master LastPass login). With a premium account for $1/month you can also do things like use LastPass on your mobile phone. Here’s a comparison of the free vs. premium features.

It Just Works
If you’re already using something else, LastPass even supports importing passwords from KeePass, and other password manager programs. I’ve only been using for a little while, but I can’t see any reason to change any time soon.

How to you keep track of your passwords? Sticky notes, spreadsheet or something else? I’d bet a lot of money that this is a better system than what 99% of us are currently doing.

Have a great weekend!

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