It’s becoming more and more important to change and vary your passwords to all the multitudes of online logins that you might be a part of. Hackers are beginning to get the upper hand these days and if you use the same passwords for multiple accounts you could end up in trouble. I’m the same way – I don’t vary my passwords because it was just too difficult to keep track of them all. However, I’ve just started using a password program called LastPass to keep track of them all.
I was hesitant to use one of these programs at first. I didn’t think it would work that well and I was worried about the security of the program itself. Well, I finally got fed up with the multiple passwords I was trying to remember and the fact that hacking has really been in the news lately – I thought it was pretty dumb to not vary my passwords for my bank accounts. So I caved in and tried out Lastpass.
I did a bit of research on the security of LastPass and although I’m not a total security expert, it seemed good enough to me. Government grade encryption, etc. And they don’t store the passwords on their servers. Plus, the cross-computer compatibility was a HUGE plus for me as I use multiple computers for work. I can now vary my passwords without worrying that I’m going to forget them all. It is SO annoying to have to send those “reset my password” emails to yourself. I was a little hesitant to store my bank passwords on the program at first, but I’m slowly beginning to trust it more and more. It makes logging into multiple accounts a breeze.
The program itself was easy to dive into, however it took a slight amount of getting used to. I have to admit there are a lot of features that I haven’t even tapped into yet. However, the great thing about it is that the basics of the program are quite easy to get the hang of. We Hate Malware wrote up a great review of the LastPass program on their website and gave it rave reviews.
I think another password program that’s a great alternative is Keepass although I haven’t tried it yet.
Have you used anything other than the above mentioned programs? What do you think about the state of password security in 2015? Are you worried about hackers gaining access to your accounts?