If you read my blog post on avoiding common password pitfalls, you know that managing your digital identity can sometimes seem overwhelming. Maybe you realized that you practice one or more of the pitfalls, or maybe you just want an arsenal of the latest cybersecurity tools to keep your data safe. Either way, managing your passwords with LastPass 4.0 is one of the best single steps you can take to prevent the unthinkable from happening.
What is Password Management?
Recall how Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Internet Explorer ask if you want to store your password every time you log in? This is a very basic password management tool available out of the box for almost all users, but is it secure? Absolutely not! Anyone with access to your computer can simply navigate to the file containing all of your passwords and walk away with dozens of valuable passwords ranging from Facebook to your banking, mortgage, and shopping credentials.
Password management programs solve this problem by creating strong, unique passwords for every new site you visit, storing that password in an encrypted form, and filling in the proper password on demand. This means that instead of setting your password to 'StrongPassword66!!' on every site you visit, each site will have a randomized string that looks more like 'cI87$2^&pl928*'. Better yet, you won't have to remember any of it, since LastPass will automatically insert the password into the proper box, no matter how many different sites you visit each day.
LastPass is among the highest rated free password management software solutions, and for good reason. It provides all of the tools you need in one user-friendly, frustration-free package and offers extensive options that even professional users will enjoy.
Store All of Your Accounts
No matter what type of accounts you have, they can have their passwords captured in short order and stored in an intuitive user interface for later retrieval. I know, personally, that there used to be at least a few accounts that I would have to reset every time I wanted to use them--not any more with LastPass!
Automatically Sync Between Devices
One main area of concern with password managers is how difficult it can be to share your passwords between devices. Think about it: this program is making incomprehensible passwords for your accounts and takes care of entering them for you. Many other password management programs require manual setup, forcing you to manually export your data to your devices. LastPass makes sure that you can access your secure passwords from anywhere on any device.
User Friendly Security
LastPass makes sure you don't have to invest too much energy into your security by providing a slick dashboard to illustrate how well your security is standing up. You can follow the suggestions similar to the Windows Action Center to get yourself up and running in no time. This is perfect for many users who want a simple set-up-and-go experience.
While LastPass offers a premium version of their product, they do not skimp the free version on features. It is apparent that the developers planned the features with the customer in mind, as evidenced by little additions such as the ability for a family member to access your password vault in the event you are incapacitated.
Disclaimer: LastPass had no input on this article and does not endorse Colorado PC Pro in any way.