I recently heard about this Last Pass Vulnerability which made me think about changing the way I deal with passwords. I’ve been using Last Pass for several years now but I’m giving it a second thought. Ask yourself, Can I afford to have anyone get access to all my passwords? I used to manage all my passwords myself locally. It was a pain but I knew where my passwords where at all times and I knew they were secure. After this recent Last Pass problem I’ve decided to not use any browser extensions that are not absolutely necessary.
What Browser Extensions Do You Use?
Each browser extension is another possible attack surface. Like me you probably installed a bunch of extensions and don’t use most of them and have way to many. I’ve cut way back on the browser extensions. I’m currently only using two, UBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere
How Do Your Manage Your Passwords?
Currently, I visit the Last Pass website and login to get my secure password and copy and paste it into the website I’m trying to log into. It’s a bit of a pain not using the browser extension. What if the internet is not available? I’m going back to a secure local password management solution. I will be putting together a new procedure now and I’ll blog about it soon so be sure to come back soon.
NO, I Don’t Want You To Remember Anything!
I’ve also stopped allowing the browser to remember anything including passwords. Many browsers like Firefox and Chrome allow you to save and sync everything to the cloud. NO! I don’t want you to save all my history, passwords, etc… I’ve made the decision to stop using these services and control all my own data like bookmarks and passwords. I only use private browsing mode when I’m browsing the Internet and my extensions are used only to keep me more private and secure.
Your passwords are most likely out on the Dark Web and you don’t even know it. Because of my identity theft protection I got an alert this morning telling me that my email password has been found out on the Dark Web. If you would like to start protecting your passwords and identity from hackers and criminals schedule a time to chat with me
One of my favorite shows and the best source for Security & Privacy related issues on the internet is the Security Now show with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. There are lots of great shows on Twit so definitely check it out.
They get a little technical sometimes, but it’s a great show to listen to even if you don’t understand it all.
I try to distill the great information they give out there and make it more understandable for the non techie person.
The second largest email provider Yahoo gets hacked! Are you sure you want to get a yahoo email account? Secure your passwords immediately with LastPass.
Yes, Yahoo, the second largest email service provider in the world has been has been hacked! An estimated 273 million user names and passwords have been stolen.
If you have a Yahoo account change your password immediately. Also anywhere you use that same password or a similar password go change it immediately.
Also, I highly recommend you download and use the LastPass software. See my LastPass software review and you will never worry about being hacked again.
Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence these days so you must take measures to protect your privacy online.
Here’s what my password looks like, but I don’t have to remember it because LastPass remembers it.
What are some good passwords? Learn how to create a good computer password so you don’t get hacked and get your identity stolen line 130 million Adobe users.
If you haven’t heard, one of the largest and oldest software companies in the world had their website hacked and 130 million users passwords.
The most common passwords revealed by the hack were “123456,” “123456789,” and “password.” I bet some of you reading this now have used a password as simple as this. Please make me a promise to never use such a simple password.
The best passwords will have a combination of upper and lower case letters, special characters and numbers. A good example would be AeDsre13#a1x. A length of 12 characters is a pretty good level of protection and fairly easy to type and remember.
Better yet check out my review of LastPass to make your life stress free when it comes to password security.