For the Love of Security: Happy Birthday LastPass & End-of-Week Link Round-Up

The LastPass team has reached another milestone this month – our 5 year anniversary!

What an incredible 5 years it’s been. As always, we want to thank all of our loyal users who found us, supported us, recommended us, and have continued to provide valuable feedback – we’re working hard to improve the service for you and make your online life easier. And of course, we want to acknowledge all of the folks on the LastPass team, for everything you do to make LastPass the wonderful company and product that it is – including the insane number of hours you work to make it all happen.

Here’s to many more!

Articles that caught our eye this week:

  • CBS affiliates see Twitter accounts hijacked; password security in focus << The accounts of 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and a Denver news affiliate were hacked and suspended last weekend. The article highlights the need for a password manager to create unique, strong passwords, and the renewed discussion on two-factor authentication for Twitter accounts. We agree that laziness and friction are two of the biggest obstacles to changing online security behaviors, but increased education and awareness in the media will help significantly.
  • UK adults taking online password security risks << Although not a surprise, UK communications watchdog Ofcom published a study that showed 55% of adults admit they use the same password for most if not all of their online accounts, and 25% report they have trouble remembering passwords. However, there are positive trends of increased awareness of security features and products- which we believe will continue to improve, given the increasing number of online accounts the average internet user has, as well as the visibility of hacks and security issues in the mainstream media.
  • Twitter Two-Factor Authentication is Obvious – and Necessary << A great op-ed from Lance Ulanoff at Mashable that argues for better protection of Twitter accounts through password management and the use of two-factor authentication. With hacks of accounts like AP that have shown how damaging the repercussions can be, we agree with his points. Given the positive improvements we’ve already seen from Twitter, we hope they continue to set a precedent in their approach to security.

What caught your attention recently? Share in the comments below!

Enjoy the weekend,
The LastPass Team