Resolve to Secure Yourself: LastPass

My first post on this topic was regarding 2-factor authentication through either text message or Google Authenticator. Pair that up with strong passwords and you are a lot more secure than using "password1" to secure everything.

What is the safest password?

The safest password contains uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols, is random and, ideally, unknown to everyone, including yourself. Impossible, you say? Okay, you got me, you still have to remember one password.

LastPass

LastPass is a secure vault on your browser (any browser) for all of your login information on the web. It randomly generates, encrypts and saves all of your passwords. LastPass can allow 2-factor authentication to log in and the interface also supports Google Authenticator. The program itself stores login information, form fill information, credit card info, and secure notes. 

The service is free to a point. If you don't have a smartphone or tablet, then you won't have to worry about the premium version that costs a gigantic $12...per year. Set up takes time, but if you only use one or two computers, then it's really convenient after that. If you find yourself logging into public computers, then you would want to print out a list of one-time use passwords to log into LastPass.

Remember the mantra I gave in the last post on this topic, convenience is not secure and security is not convenient. This makes a little more convenient. Check out LastPass and quit remembering passwords.

Next up: Backing up all that precious data, especially photos.