I swear, sometimes it’s like Carley is spying on me!
I’ve been noodling over password management software for far too long. I’m not sure what’s stopping me from actually doing something about it, aside from just the hassle of switching from my current system: creating a variety of hard-to-guess passwords and either trying to remember them, or keeping a list of them. Both of those methods make me nervous. My brain, because I don’t trust myself to remember them all and the list, because I’m worried someone could somehow get access to it.
I’ve looked at 1Password, and friend and fellow geeky girl Adria Richards suggested KeePass (which, I’m sorry — doesn’t that totally look like it says Keep Ass?!) on an earlier post I wrote titled, “What to do after you do something dumb.” But, purely for the hassle factor, I’ve had trouble making a decision. I had an “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” mentality. Do I really need password management (Um, yes. I think we all do.) and which one is the right one (The answer: whichever one you’ll actually USE.)
Digitwirl to the rescue! Carley breaks down LastPass: a service that I sorely need to help store and manage all those many passwords I have. Which will give my brain a much-needed rest from trying to remember them all.
(In other password news, our colleague Dez wrote a great blog post earlier this week about the importance of changing your password and disabling apps if one of your accounts that uses OAuth gets compromised. It’s a good read, check it out!)
Digitwirl: The Password Manager That Hackers Hate
If you use the same easy-to-remember password on every site, you’re not alone. Did you know millions of people actually use 123456 or PASSWORD to gain access to things like their favorite shopping sites (which has personal and credit card information stored), email accounts, and even banking sites. Well, heads up Twirlers: hacking is on the rise and becoming easier than ever.
Have we scared you smart yet? Good, because we have the perfect solution.
LastPass is a free password manager that does for passwords what Superman does for Lois Lane—provides total protection. LastPass stores all your passwords safely and securely so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting them ever again. So please get rid of that desktop folder named “Passwords,” ok? And, LastPass is also a strong password generator so it will create unique, highly secure passwords for every one of your online accounts.
In fact, the only password you’ll ever need to remember from now on is the one that opens LastPass. Check out this video to see exactly how LastPass will allow you to give the ol’ “Nyah Nyah” to would-be hackers everywhere.
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