LastPass by Dave Nelsen

Somehow, I managed to write more than 50 columns for Mikki’s newsletter without mentioning one of my favorite apps on the planet: LastPass.

 Before I describe LastPass, here’s what you need to know about passwords. 80% of the world’s so called hacking is due to bad passwords! You should use long, complicated passwords and you should never use the same password twice. The most common password is ‘123456’. If your password is ‘123457’ you’re not a genius; others have thought of that one too. Keeping passwords in a Word or Excel doc named “My Passwords” might not be a best practice either.

 But if you make every password 16+ characters long, always use letters, numbers, and special characters, and make every password unique, how will you remember all of them? You don’t have to. LastPass will do it for you.

 LastPass is the last password you’ll ever have to remember as it remembers all of your other passwords for you. As such, you’ll want to make your LastPass password extra-long, complex, and unique and protect it with 2-factor authentication, using either a text code to your phone or a fingerprint match or both.

 Did I mention that LastPass works on PCs, Macs, Androids, iPhones, and even Blackberries (if you still remember what those are/were). It’s not like telling your browser to remember a password. That’s only on that machine. With LastPass, a password saved on one device is available on all devices, even a brand new device you purchase tomorrow.

But it’s more than that. LastPass generates passwords, auto-fills username and password fields on most websites, and even automatically changes passwords on many popular sites including LinkedIn. I mention this because in May 2016, LinkedIn announced that they’d lost 100 million users’ passwords to hackers.

 LastPass also allows you to share access to websites with your spouse, your coworkers, or anybody. Think: Bank accounts, family health insurance, company social media accounts, and more.

 What protects LastPass? Actually, two things: Military grade encryption before anything leaves your devices and the fact that they don’t have or know your master password so they can’t lose it to the hackers. That’s about as good as it gets.

 As such, LastPass is the best encrypted vault for storing other sensitive stuff too, including social security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers. And once you’ve done this, LastPass can autofill these fields too, along with addresses, expiration dates, CID codes, etc.

 One key tip. If LastPass doesn’t know your LastPass password, they can’t give it back to you if you lose it. So don’t forget this password!

 The basic version of LastPass is free. The premium version is $1.00 per month, well worth it for an app this awesome.

 

Dave Nelsen

Social Media Guru Guy

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