Let’s be honest. Are your passwords really as strong as they should be? Can you say without hesitation that every single one of your passwords is different, is not too short, and isn’t based on an easily-guessed word? Are you really changing your passwords after vulnerabilities are fixed and after breaches are reported?
If you can’t confidently say “yes” to all of the above, then take the opportunity this year to turn your passwords around. Changing your passwords is critical to your online security if you’re not using strong, unique passwords everywhere. And, it doesn’t have to be such a tedious chore anymore when you’re using the right tools with a password manager like LastPass. Here’s how we’ll help you tackle your password security resolutions this year:
Take the Security Challenge.
Without a doubt, the place to start is to audit your passwords. With a complete review you can understand just how many weak passwords, duplicate passwords, and potentially-vulnerable passwords you still have lying around in LastPass.
Once you launch the Security Challenge from your LastPass Tools menu, you’ll receive an overall security rating. You’ll also see more stats on how many sites were scanned, your average password length, the number of vulnerable passwords, and more.
Use Auto-Password Change.
Now that you can see how you’re doing when it comes to password security, you can start taking action to fix that. What better way to start than to let LastPass fix some passwords for you?
Last month we introduced Auto-Password Change (for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox). By launching Auto-Password Change, LastPass can change a password for you, automatically, in one click. It’s available for over 75 websites like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, Home Depot, and Dropbox, and we’re expanding that list.
Now that you’ve used the Security Challenge to identify which passwords are old, or weak, or vulnerable, you can start searching for sites in your vault, opening the edit menu, and launching Auto-Password Change.
Generate new passwords for the rest of the web.
For any site not currently supported by Auto-Password Change, use the LastPass password generator to create new passwords for you.
When you login to an account, find the settings page where you can update your password. Open the LastPass generator and create a new, random password. Submit the change on the website, and save it to LastPass, too. Next time you login, LastPass will fill the the updated password automatically.
Now is the time to start improving.
With the right set of tools, like Auto-Password Change and the LastPass password generator, you’ll be fully equipped to get your passwords into shape. By creating a unique password for every online account, one that isn’t based on a dictionary word like someone’s name or a favorite sports team. You’ll rest easier knowing that when the next breach or vulnerability strikes, a leaked password won’t put your entire digital life at risk.
So get started now by taking the LastPass Security Challenge, and be sure to spread the word about how LastPass can help with your security goals this year.