01 Apr LUCKY FOR US, THERE ARE PASSWORD MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Did you know that 73% of people use the same password for several websites? Did you know that the average password is only six characters, which means that it would take a hacker a mere three minutes to crack? We’re all aware that keeping our personal and business passwords secure is as important as locking our car doors when we go to the grocery store, but how many of us actually have and follow through with a security strategy? Lucky for those of us in that 73%, there are password management tools.
Typical password management tools like 1Password, RoboForm, and LastPass do three things:
1. Collect and organize usernames and passwords for multiple websites and applications.
2. Store additional login information like names, addresses and phone numbers necessary for those pesky fill-in forms and profiles when you sign up for a new account.
3. Create a master password that would take a hacker not three minutes to break, but three trillion years!
If you want a tool that goes beyond typical to awesome, one that provides the best value for the lowest price, LastPass is the best choice. As the name implies, the master password you use for your LastPass account is the last password you’ll ever need! What makes LastPass exceptional is that you can add a plugin to your browser, allow friends and colleagues to access certain accounts as needed, the option to have LastPass automatically log you in when you go to a site, and its ability to automatically capture passwords from your browser’s cache. Most features are free and can be used on browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer, and mobile platforms including Apple, Windows, and Android. The premium version is only $12 per year (1Password costs $50!).
Don’t waste time trying to remember your password every time you visit a site, and don’t threaten your security by writing your passwords down on sticky notes, address books, or coffee-stained receipts. Use LastPass and you won’t have a worry in the world if sites like Target, Sony, and Adobe are ever breached (again!).