More and more, people use the same password on all of their accounts, simply because they have trouble remembering multiple passwords. These passwords are typically simple, and easy for a hacker to crack. The problem is, if one of your accounts that uses the same password gets hacked, the hacker now knows the password to all of your accounts. However, who would be able to remember dozens of randomly generated passwords?
Is There a Better Way?
There is a better way. The solution is LastPass. LastPass is a password manager that helps you secure your online accounts, while keeping things simple. The basic concept is easy to understand: you have randomly generated passwords for each website, and they are stored in your “vault.” Using the browser plugins (or mobile apps – more on that later), LastPass will fill the login fields for you. In other words, there is no more need to type in your password every time, or copy and paste anything! LastPass is cloud based, so you can access your passwords from any device.
Cloud Based? Passwords? Sounds Terrible!
I know what you’re thinking: who in their right mind would store passwords in a cloud database. Can’t it get hacked? Technically, yes. Practically, it’s virtually impossible. As long as you have a strong master password (the password you use to log in to your vault) and 2-factor authentication, you’re safe. Of course, no website is 100% free from hackers – and LastPass is no exception – but it would be extremely difficult and rare for something like that to ever happen. LastPass uses 256-bit AES encryption, so you’re nice and secure.
Tell Me More!
LastPass goes beyond a browser plugin and storing your passwords. In fact, it can store credit card numbers, WiFi passwords, server logins, and even generic notes! If you’re a LastPass Premium subscriber, which is $12 per year, you can use the mobile apps. The iOS and Android apps offer the same concept of the browser plugin – they will fill the fields while you are web browsing or logging in to apps. One thing I love about the mobile apps is the ability to log in using your fingerprint. It’s still safe and secure, but less annoying than typing in your master password each time.
LastPass is essential for everyone. Even if you only have 4 or 5 online accounts, I would still recommend it. You’ll have higher security on all of your accounts, and you’ll have more convenience! If you’re a regular mobile user, I would definitely recommend LastPass Premium. It’s only $12 per year, and I’ve been subscribed for several years now. Try it out today!