Logins and passwords are the bane of the online consumer. Even though there may be an inherent security weakness, passwords are necessary to access services and products with some level of security.
Practicing good password management will mitigate some of the risks, but remembering long complicated passwords and changing them often is a challenge for the memory of a 45+. Often we need to record them somewhere and that is haphazard and can be even more insecure.
Personal password managers are a solution.
What Is A Passwords Manager?
These tools encrypt your collection of passwords with a “master password”. Some offer form-filling functions to provide reduced sign-ons by automatically entering user IDs and passwords. Also known as “digital wallets” they store other sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, social insurance and health care numbers, passport numbers and PIN codes.
Many personal password managers are consumer focused and lack capabilities suitable for work and personal.
LastPass Password Manager
I use LastPass. My trusted IT advisor recommended it and LastPass is included in the widely recognized Gartner Report. Gartner is a company specializing in technology research for the business community.
LastPass uses AES-256 (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption. This might not mean much to you, but it is a secure and trusted data cipher standard that is used worldwide and by the US government to protect classified information.
- Free version – does all you need on a personal level but includes advertising. Vendors have to recover the costs somewhere.
- Premium version –
- Family sharing (5 members)
- 1 GB storage with expanded ability to keep notes
- No advertising
- Inexpensive ($1.00 per month)
- Gift It – There is a wonderful gift option that keeps on giving all year long. Gift “ease of mind” to your older parents or your children.
- Download it to your desktop and/or go to the app store and download the app on your personal devices. You can watch this video.
- Create an account using your email address. (Make sure you set up a good password hint that will help you if you forget. I nearly lost it all when I momentarily forgot the original password and did not set a hint. Due to the security you cannot recover your password. The account will need to be erased if you do not remember it. In other words, not easy to do! It speaks to the security though.
- Add in the passwords, logins and you can add various websites you visit and set up accounts with as you go.
Very easy to use, you will soon wonder how you did without it.
Do you use something different?
For More Information:
Check out the Gartner Report here.
Learn more about Gartner here.
Learn more about AES Encryption here.