I’ve been a big proponent for using strong passwords. Every site you log into should have a unique password. You never, ever want to use the same password for all the sites you use (but I know you do, right?).
The reason you don’t use unique passwords is that it’s so hard to remember all these different passwords, I get that.
That’s why one of the best technologies out there are things like LastPass. With one master password, you can set the craziest (safest) passwords for all your logins and make each one unique.
You’ll never have to remember the individual passwords, it does all the work for you.
But, like all techno-magic, everything works like a dream until it doesn’t.
I saw this hit the news today:
Bad news first, folks. LastPass, our favorite password manager (and yours) has been hacked. It’s time to change your master password. The good news is, the passwords you have saved for other sites should be safe. Source: LastPass Hacked, Change Your Master Password Now
So that’s a bummer. But the good news is that you only need to go in and change your Master Password. The reason they didn’t get anything else is because all those unique passwords you use and store for other sites – that data is all heavily encrypted.
So if you use LastPass, now would be a good time for you to go change your password.
NOTE: I don’t use FastPass, or anything else like it. I also don’t use the same password for sites. No, I’m not a member of Mensa either. I have a mental algorithm that I use to create a unique password for every site.
Want to check to see how strong your password is?
Toss it in https://howsecureismypassword.net/ and it’ll tell you.
One of my passwords ranks like this… (all of them do)
He's an avid hockey fan, rides a mountain bike, sometimes rides a road bike, has a few motorcycles (he had a really fast one, bought a cool orange one, rode a really slow one, and wants a really small one). If that isn't enough, he makes cheese and sourdough bread, loves strong beer and good red wine, and poorly plays the Mandolin.