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It is bad practice to use the same password for multiple accounts, because even if only one of them is compromised in a security breach, then all of the accounts are compromised. That is where password managers like LastPass come in handy. Are they truly secure, though? A new report sheds light on the shortcomings of popular password managers. If you're not familiar with password managers, they generate and store hard-to-guess passwords, allowing you to secure your different accounts with different complex strings of characters and symbols. These are accessed by a master password. The benefit is that you only have to remember a single password, but can secure your many different accounts on the... Read more...
Do you need a password manager to keep track of all your obscure, special character-filled and lengthy passwords necessary for various websites? It used to be that we would pick a simple, single password for multiple accounts and websites, until the rise of online exploits and hackers made such basic security practices seem ill-conceived. However, the recommendations of one man in particular, Bill Burr, led to the current situation that we’re in now where everything from our online banking accounts to our work email accounts require us to use a “strong” password. These are nearly impossible to remember without writing it down somewhere or filing it off into a app like LastPass (and even that... Read more...
The parade of banks, insurance companies and retailers that have suffered data breaches has caused many people to store their passwords with sites like LastPass. The security company creates a unique password for each of the user’s logins and provides access to those passwords via a single, master password.Now, LastPass is admitting that at least some of its data has been comprised. The company believes that its customers are not vulnerable, but it concedes that email addresses and authentication hashes are among the data affected. Password reminders and server per user salts were also comprised. “In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted uer vault data was taken, nor that... Read more...
LastPass, the online password manager that stores your passwords in the cloud and syncs them to browser plug-ins and mobile apps, has acquired Xmarks, the troubled online browser bookmark sync service. Xmarks went under for a short time in September. Xmarks quickly came back to life after user outcry. The company has since tried to stay afloat for its dedicated users. LastPass CEO Joe Siegrist said in an interview: “They had a large dedicated audience, but their free offering and advertising model was not working,” he said. “We really want to figure something out that could keep it going.” The "something that could keep Xmarks going" is a freemium model. LastPass using... Read more...