If You Do One Thing Today To Improve Your Online Security, Do This

The week is winding down and we’re sure you’re getting excited for the weekend, so here’s just one, simple step you can take today to increase your online security:

Update the password for your email address, and make it a secure one.

It may be old advice for some of you, but if you’ve been putting off the process of strengthening your passwords, don’t delay any longer in making your email account’s password as strong as it can be. Do. It. Now.

Why? It’s a known tactic that hackers target sites with weaker security, to then harvest email addresses and passwords that they can test against other, more popular (and important) sites. With rampant password reuse, it gives easy access to critical accounts where you’ve used the same login details. There have been an unending stream of database breaches in the last several months, and the login information for tens of millions of people have been posted on the web.

For most people, their email account is a window to their personal, financial, and even work life, so it’s critical to (1) use a unique password and (2) to use as long, strong of a password as you can manage, which means it can’t be guessed and isn’t dictionary-based.

LastPass can obviously help there, by generating a long, secure password for you, then remember it so you don’t have to – it’s as easy as a few clicks. Now you really don’t have an excuse!

There are many more elements that go into being proactive about protecting your data, but it’s a good starting step. If you’re looking for even more ways to increase your online security, check out our round-up of security tips & tricks from the past week:

11 Ways to Make Your LastPass Account Even More Secure via How-To Geek
10 Online Security Tips for Gen Y via Mashable
Turn on Two-Factor Authentication via Lifehacker

And now you can relax just a little bit more this weekend!

Best,
The LastPass Team

Graphic courtesy of Lifehacker.com

26 Comments

  • I just read this article from Ars Technica website,

    “Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger”
    http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/passwords-under-assault/

    How do LastPass procedures stack up against these kind of threats?

  • Anonymous says:

    Re, the site that says your password can be cracked by a desktop PC in x days: Does that really count? Is that how fast it could take if the answer were local to the PC or hitting a web site? In other words, are we talking about making repeated brute force attempts over the web to crack my email password? Wouldn’t that take much longer? Do the major sites lock you out for some amount of time if you get it wrong some number of times in a row. Wouldn’t that significantly lengthen the time it would take to crack a password?

    • Amber says:

      Likely yes, it depends on the site, but services like LastPass do lock people out after a series of failed login attempts which would lengthen the time required to crack a single password via brute-force.

  • Christoph Roesch says:

    I believe there are certain passwords that should not be stored in lastpass. Your email, your bank, and your tax passwords. These should only be in your head and never written down.

    Storing your email password in lastpass I kinda stupid. What of you forget your lastpass password and can’t reset it via email because you don’t know your email password?

  • Anonymous says:

    If you’ve chosen a truly strong password then changing it periodically is stupid and unnecessary.

  • Anonymous says:

    Now they have no new information in their new posts, they just repeat the old news, like robo… Sucks. I will unsubscribe from this blog.

    • Amber says:

      We’d love to hear feedback on the types of articles you’d be interested in – security reports? News of breaches? More technical explanations? You can also send feedback directly to pressatlastpassdotcom.