Do you want someone to be able to access your online accounts? Do you have great, unique passwords for every account you have? Do you feel like your passwords are as secure as they should be?
…If you answered NO to these questions then you’re in the right place!
I get asked a lot to share tools and products that can make life easier, and as such, when I was approached by LastPass – a password manager tool that really can help make your passwords secure, unique, and accessible – I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
LET’S FACE IT – PASSWORDS CAN BE FRUSTRATING TO SAY THE LEAST…
Creating them, remembering them, and making sure no-one else gets access to them can feel like a full time job at times…
I’ve found that there are a few different categories that most people fall into when it comes to passwords – which of these sounds most like you?: –
- You use the same password for everything – it’s just easier that way
- You have a different password for everything but are always forgetting them and wasting time sorting it out
- You have your passwords written in a little book somewhere, but it can be frustrating to keep using it (or being out when you need one)
- You have your passwords kept on a spreadsheet somewhere on your computer
But there are issues with all of these methods, and as a result they’re not as secure as I’m sure you would like them to be…
- Using the same password for everything may be easy to remember, but if any of the places you use your password in is hacked then the hacker could potentially login to everything with ease.… Your bank may be perfectly safe, but your online shopping account with a small shop may not be….
- Always forgetting passwords means having to request new ones, reset them etc… – and it becomes the biggest waste of time ever
- Writing passwords down is sensible – and chances of anyone else finding that little book are minimal – but what if there was a fire, or the book got lost? Having no backup is risky…
- A spreadsheet is a good idea, especially is it is backed up – but if you call your spreadsheet PASSWORDS or something similar then if you do get hacked your passwords could very easily be found….
I myself have used a spreadsheet for a number of years now – secured in Dropbox – and I use a method that I have talked about before on the blog for creating a unique password for each thing.
This works OK – but I’ve always been worried that my online accounts (especially for the smaller online shops I’ve used) are vulnerable to hackers.
As such I wanted to go one step further and make it not only more secure but also easier to grab those passwords when I need it.
It was one of those things I kept putting off – but knew I should look at. After all – better to be safe now than sorry later….
SO – WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
When I heard from LastPass I have to admit that I was intrigued – and a little unsure of exactly how it works – but having read through their site there are so many fantastic benefits that really appeal: –
- It’s free! – you can upgrade for just $1 a month, but the basic tool is completely free which is always a good price!
- They secure your passwords behind bank-like security systems – so everything is as safe as possible.
- You just need to remember one MASTER password (that not even LastPass know!) and that gives you access to all your passwords in one place – simple!
- You can have access from all devices so you can use it wherever you are.
All you have to do is download the software, create an account, and then start using it.
So simple – so I had to try it out!
And having tested it out I can truly say that this will make my life SO much easier!
HOW IT WORKS – ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS
Whenever you log in to one of your accounts for the first time after you install LastPass you will get a little popup at the top of the screen from LastPass asking if you want to save that login information.
A couple of clicks and it’s saved.
(Or you can save passwords directly into LastPass if you prefer).
Then, you can simply login to LastPass, click on what you want to go to, and it will go to that site and login for you without you having to copy/paste your password anywhere!
What I like most is the idea that I can have ridiculously difficult passwords to remember for every online account I have (which make them so much harder to hack), and I don’t have to remember them at all. I can simply access them when I need them directly through LastPass, and my head doesn’t have to remember everything anymore (a declutter for my brain!)
They also have a password generator to help you with creating secure passwords for all your sites, and a security challenge button that tells you whether your current passwords could be improved.
It feels like a solution that will work really well for me, make life more simple, and (most importantly) keep me safer online.
So – I’m now in the process of adding all my passwords to LastPass and using it over the next few weeks – I’ll add anything else I find to this post in the future so watch this space!.