Become a Password Pro
In one of our latest blog posts, we talked briefly about business apps that will keep you moving forward in today's mobile environment. One of our very favorites (although not necessarily mobile) is LastPass, a brilliant modern solution to a problem that has been around since the dawn of the digital age: remembering all your passwords.
Personal tech security is completely in your own hands, and more often than not, your own hands are lacking in the knowledge it takes to confidently install security measures. But there is hope! And that hope exists in getting smart about passwords. The truth is, our biggest threat to the security of our personal information is not insecure IT systems but users whose accounts are insecure. Yep, that means you.
The Truth About Hacking Passwords
Getting smart about passwords first requires an understanding of exactly how passwords are hacked. When people or computers attempt to hack passwords, they first search through a dictionary of several million extremely common passwords. Think "password," "1234," or "asdf123."
Then comes a brute force attack where a computer begins searching through every possible combination that exists. This is why having long passwords with differing symbols, numbers, and a mix of capital and lowercase letters is really important, not just an annoying thing websites make you do for fun. A brute force attack will eventually crack your password. The unknown variable is how long it will take. If a password is complicated enough to take 100,000 centuries to crack, it's not going to be worth it and that data will probably stay safe. See how long it would take a brute force attack to crack your password here.
One way to keep your passwords in your pocket only is to develop your own form of padding. You can pad your passwords by adding symbols to the front, middle, or back, or by creating memorable symbol images like [*] or <->. We can't stress enough how important using symbols in passwords truly is. And by all means, avoid passwords of solely lowercase letters; these are the first to be hacked. Another way to keep your passwords safe is by using a website like LastPass.
Why LastPass is a Lifesaver
If you're wondering how in the world anyone manages to remember unique and complicated passwords to all 20, 30, or more sites that encompass the substance of their personal and business-related lives, we're here to tell you no one has to.
LastPass is a password manager that helps you make and keep unique passwords for every site you use. When you download LastPass, you'll create one master password- the only one you ever have to remember- and then every other password will be stored in a centralized vault. As you begin to log into other frequently used sites, LastPass will prompt you to add each password to your vault. It will even help you create a new longer and stronger password for each site as you go. All sensitive data is encrypted and decrypted locally before syncing with LastPass, so the information stored on LastPass is still only accessibly to you.
Once sites are saved in your vault, LastPass does all the work for you. You'll never have to flip through that old notebook or scroll through an excel document to find those passwords you swore you weren't going to forget this time. LastPass makes logins, password generation, saving online profiles and more easier and safer than ever before.
We recommend letting LastPass work its magic so you can stay confident in a world of ever-changing security standards. Everyone should download LastPass right now and lock up the data that makes up their livelihoods.