Password Vaults: One Master Key
One password with slight variations for all of your different accounts? A sticky-note underneath your keyboard with that one 10-character code you can never seem to remember? If these scenarios sound anything like you, your accounts’ security are at risk.
We get it, though – these days, it seems everything online requires creating accounts or signing up for email subscriptions. Remembering passwords for all of these different accounts is a challenge, and it’s certainly inconvenient. We all want to be able to quickly access our accounts so we don’t have to spend extra time on it, right? That’s why we suggest using a password vault service. Simply sign up, create ONE master passcode that will access this master account, and store all of your passcodes in one place. LastPass, one of these passcode vaults, also encrypts all of your passcodes so that they aren’t readable from the back end (in case, for whatever reason, they were to have a security breach themselves).
Some of their features are:
- Installation on Chrome: this will add an icon to your URL bar, making logging into your LastPass account easy. It also will prompt you to add an account to your vault every time you log into/create one it doesn’t recognize.
- Password Strength Evaluation: Each of your passwords is evaluated for its strength, including if it is similar to another password you have for a separate login.
- Security Challenge: LastPass evaluates your overall security level by percentage. It will then give you options to increase the security of individual accounts, which makes your overall percentage higher!
- Secure Password Generation: You can ask LastPass to generate a highly secure, randomized password for an account – this will be saved for all of your devices!
- Login Key Toggle: When logging into any account, the LastPass symbol shows up in the field entry. If it is an account that you have recorded in your vault, it will automatically fill the field for you with your secure password. This eliminates any over-the-shoulder peeking, as well as forgetting the secure password that has been created! The fact that you don’t even know the password for the account is an added level of security, too.
- Secure Notes: Write any notes you want to keep private – like WiFi passwords and membership ID’s – so that you don’t have those random sticky notes lying around just waiting for the wrong eyes to see them.
- Form Fills: automatically fill online forms with information you have saved, securely, within your vault.
- Sharing: The Sharing Center tab allows for you to create folders of secure information you may need to share with a team, family, or other group of people, but which still needs to remain private outside of these select few people.
We highly recommend setting up a LastPass, or other password vault, account for a few reasons. First, using the Security Challenge tab allows you to visually see what your security level looks like in comparison to where it ideally should be. Once hackers have accessed one account it is often extremely easy for them to get into your other associated accounts, especially if the passwords are similar. This percentage ranking is a great guideline to use to better your security, both for yourself and your company.
The more accounts you create, too, can increase your vulnerability to cyberattacks. Using the same or similar passcodes, then, makes this vulnerability even higher; being able to generate secure passwords that you yourself don’t even know is the best way of making sure none of your information gets compromised or stolen. Nobody has time for a security breach, so take the right precautions to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!