Se­cure your on­line pass­words

Let LastPass au­dit your pass­words to track down and re­place in­se­cure ones

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Let LastPass au­dit your pass­words to track down and re­place in­se­cure ones

Just how se­cure are the pass­words you use to pro­tect your on­line ac­counts? Chances are that even if you’ve upped your game in re­cent times, you’re still re­ly­ing on the same mem­o­rable (and there­fore eas­ily crack­able) pass­word for a num­ber of web­sites. How­ever se­cure you think your pass­words are, it’s al­ways a good time to test them, just in case.

Au­dit­ing pass­words by hand is time con­sum­ing: you’d have to go to each web­site in turn and write down your de­tails be­fore man­u­ally com­par­ing the list for du­pli­cates, as­sum­ing you can re­mem­ber ev­ery site. Chang­ing a pass­word is awk­ward too, as com­ing up with a se­cure se­quence is only half the battle. Have you recorded it ac­cu­rately? Where’s a safe place to store it?

This is where LastPass comes in. The free on­line pass­word manager al­lows you to se­curely store all your lo­gin de­tails in an en­crypted ‘vault’. This vault is pro­tected by a sin­gle mas­ter pass­word – the only pass­word you’ll have to re­mem­ber. In­stall the browser ex­ten­sion and it’ll of­fer to save your lo­gin de­tails as you visit each of your sites, al­low­ing you to both store them in your vault and quickly log in in fu­ture, thanks to its au­to­matic form-fill­ing tools.

More im­por­tantly, once you’ve recorded your pass­words, you’re in a po­si­tion to run the all-im­por­tant se­cu­rity au­dit, to re­veal weak and du­pli­cate pass­words, and a chance to re­place them with some­thing bet­ter. Read on to find out how. Nick Peers

LastPass plays a key role in help­ing you gen­er­ate unique (and se­cure) pass­words for all your sites.

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