Sep 10, 2008

Sharing accounts and the future of how you deal with passwords

When we explain account sharing to people, it's not uncommon that they ask why would I want to share an account?

Usually this objection is grounded in the fact that most people use the same username and password everywhere today, and by sharing, they'd be giving access to all their accounts. We're hoping you'll start changing your habits with LastPass -- let the program do the hard work of remembering usernames and passwords so that you can feel free to pick good passwords everywhere you have an account (using the LastPass Password Generator to do it).

There's lots of reasons you'd want to share an account with someone else -- if you share a bank account with your spouse, isn't it better that you both can use your 'LastPass' password rather than be forced to keep the same password? If you have a special login for work, isn't receiving that password in LastPass a lot easier than having someone email it to you, where you'll have to go searching through your email at a later date?

All of this is predicated on your use of unique passwords for each account, so if there's a reason you're not doing that, we'd love to know.

6 comments:

  1. I was just trying to get my wife to use the same account as me, but she didn't want to mix up all of her shopping passwords with my tech site passwords, so we started using groups, which seems to be a good fix.

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  2. Password sharing especially at work is far more common than most people think.

    - A U.K. study focused on password security in the workplace found:

    Two-thirds business people survyed said that they have given their password to a colleague.

    - Three quarters said they knew their co-workers' passwords.

    http://tinyurl.com/sharepasswords

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  3. You say "When we explain account sharing to people..."

    Where do you explain account sharing? I looked all over the site...am I being dense here? I really don't know what you mean by account sharing!

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  4. Larry -- Once you've created your LastPass account, if you're on LastPass.com's site, using a browser with the LastPass Plugin, you'll be offered to share your accounts (it's next to edit). This will ask for their email address (that they signed up to LastPass with).

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  6. It seems that there is a problem. I get this error while trying to share:

    Sorry, an error occurred. Please try again later.

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