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I used to one of those people that would use the safe two or three passwords for all of my accounts, beca
use who has the brain capacity to remember different passwords for so many different apps and services! I also had an Excel spreadsheet (that was password protected) that housed both my usernames and passwords for said various apps and services. I knew it was wrong to use the same password(s) for multiple log-ins, but like many Americans, I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of having to think of creative, hard-to-crack passwords for all my accounts.
Thankfully, I came across LastPass while browsing the Apple App store. LastPass is a password management platform that stores your usernames and passwords in an encrypted system. Your data is encrypted and decrypted at the device level. According to LastPass, “Data stored in your vault is kept secret, even from LastPass. Your master password, and the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data, are never sent to LastPass’ servers, and are never accessible by LastPass.”
LastPass’s password management system also allows you to;
- Store other digital records, such as Insurance cards, memberships, Wi-Fi passwords, et cetera, in their secure Notes section of the system,
- Generate strong passwords through built-in password generator that creates long, randomized passwords that protect against hacking,
- Log in and go once a password is saved to LastPass, usernames and passwords will be quickly accessible or automatically filled in to credentialing fields (depending on the app or site),
- Prepare for the unknown by letting your friends and family access your LastPass account in the event of an emergency or crisis.
The company offers a free version of its service, which is the option that I use. For $24.00 dollars annually, you can;
- Share passwords, Wi-Fi logins, memberships and other items with as many people as you want for easy access.
- Create your digital contingency plan with emergency access for loved ones.
- Plus, advanced multi-factor options, priority tech support, LastPass for applications, and 1GB of encrypted file storage.
If you want to bring the family on board with your newfound sense of password security importance, LastPass has a family plan for $4.00 per month that gives you all the features listed here plus unlimited shared folders and family member management.
LastPass in available through the Apple App Store, Google Play, Microsoft Store, as an extension for your favorite browsers, and online through lastpass.com
There are other password management services available, such as 1Password, but I did not bother with this service because it does not offer a free version that is feature packed like LastPass. Do you use a password management system? If not, what do you think about LastPass? Let me know in the comments section!