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Greetings from an Old Friend
Hi, Friend. It's been a while since I've sent an email newsletter, so shame on me. But I just went through another round of updating passwords due to a security breach on an online service I use, so I thought I'd share some tips with you and use the opportunity to tell you about some recent projects, too. I hope you're doing well!
How to Be Password Savvy in a Hack-Happy World
Passwords have gotten out of control. With all the online services I use and all the sites I manage, I have hundreds of them. Over the years, I've made my passwords increasingly secure -- longer, less like actual words, more complex combinations of characters. In the past year alone, three sites to which I have logins have had security breaches, requiring me to change my password there and on any other sites where I used that same password. Yes, I know I'm not supposed to use duplicate passwords, but with hundreds of logins, I didn't think I could manage any other way.
The most recent security breach has finally forced me to move to a 21st Century solution, and I'm recommending it to you, to. The concept of LastPass is simple: It's an online service that stores your passwords securely and automatically fills those passwords for you when you visit a website. It does a lot more, too, including the most important feature of generating long complex passwords, the ones that look like 3kU9)x28h63#. Remembering even one of those passwords is tough; having a different one for every site makes it impossible to rely on memory.
Which is why I think LastPass is now essential. The basic service is free; and a premium subscription that adds an app for mobile browsing as well as multifactor authentication options is only $12 a year. Check it out at LastPass.com.
Read my four tips for 21st Century Password Security on my blog at EightTrails.com.
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