Have you ever felt like a sitting duck? Not on a lake or pond, but on the dark annals of the web where thousands of hackers and millions of their bots are trying to steal your identity all the time? Well I did feel like a sitting duck, roast beef, a wabbit and much more when the one password that I used across all my digital imprints — personal mail IDs, root server, domain name controller, PayPal, bank accounts, etc. — was hacked.
But now with 32 to 50 character passwords inclusive of alphabets of all cases, numbers and symbols, I am so confident that only the NSA can hack my password. I secured my online identities with LastPass and am gonna tell how to do it yourself.
LastPass is an online password manager which, with the help of your master password, remembers and stores all your passwords when you login to websites and facilitates — one click login after first use.
LastPass also is an automated form filer that can handle multiple identities and is a password generator capable of generating strong military grade passwords. You can access LastPass from Windows, Mac or Linux and from any modern browser using the free plugins. LastPass is a free service, however if you want multi-factor authentication like using a Yubikey and access via a native mobile app, it will cost you $12.
Everyone’s primary concern when it comes to storing passwords off site, on the cloud or in a third party server is security. LastPass uses SSL to transfer data to & from your computer, this data is already encrypted with a 256bit key, AES algorithm, with a private key (the master password that only you know). To be concise, no one can decrypt and use your passwords; not even LastPass or its employees or a hacker.
After installing the LastPass plugin for your browser, you can start logging into sites with their respective credentials and LastPass will offer to store them. Once you agree to store them, it’s all done. It’s going to be one click logins from now on.
The next time you visit a site with stored login data, you can either choose to autofill login data or to auto-login, which works smoothly without any latency.
You can generate strong passwords with a variety of strings, numbers and symbols. All passwords generated are unique and the generated passwords are stored automatically. The built in strength indicator shows how safe the password you have generated is.
You can also create secure notes with sensitive information using LastPass. All the login data, generated passwords and secure notes are also stored locally and can be accessed & edited from the LastPass vault.
LastPass has an excellent form filler with every field of data that could be requested by a website. You can create pre filled forms for multiple identities with multiple addresses, credit cards and email addresses keeping work and home separate.
Apart from all the awesome features, LastPass provides additional layer of security with a LastPass grid and one time passwords for accessing your LastPass account from public computers. LastPass can be accessed using a very user friendly mobile site or through native apps for Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows mobile.
LastPass is not exactly rocket science to learn and it is time all us moved from the stone age habit of using 5 or 6 character passwords with “1234” or “pass” in them. You are all safe and secure until PayPal or your bank calls to tell you that the account has been cleaned out. Password security is the need of the hour and LastPass covers the last mile.
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