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Garrett,

It’s day 3 and I hope you’re ready to get to work, because today we’re going to share a tool that’s going to make your life at least 20 times easier.

It goes without saying that protecting your password is critical, but when you’re expected to keep track of 20 different passwords for 20 different websites, we can get lazy quickly. Overly simple passwords, reusing the same password a dozen times, and writing down your password in unsecure places are all big no-nos, but it’s an understandable problem. 

Avoid Unsecure Password Savers

It’s tempting to keep your passwords somewhere on hand—a post-it note, a contact name on your phone, in an email to yourself—but today you need to realize that the choices you make can leave you open to a breach. Avoid storing your passwords in the following ways:
  • Do NOT use a built-in Browser password saver
  • Do NOT store a password as a contact in your phone
  • Do NOT leave it on a post-it note on your desk or in a drawer
  • Do NOT email your password to yourself

Why you should use a Password Manager

These days, we have the luxury of tools that keep track of all your login credentials for you, and store them in a secure place. What’s more, the passwords and info you send into and out of LastPass is double-protected:
  • through SSL (a secure data transfer language) exclusively for data transfer
  • as well as your data already being encrypted with 256-bit AES.
If that sounded like gobbledygook to you, it basically shakes out like this: the info you put into LastPass is coded in a way they anyone listening in on your network (and even LastPass themselves) can’t decipher or do anything useful with it.

Not to mention, they boast awesome security features like 2-factor authentication (which you’ll learn about in a week or so). You can think of Password Managers like keeping your details on a sticky note with the security you’d find at a bank.  

Our personal favorite tool is LastPass, which lets you do things like:
  • Store your passwords
  • Test the strength of your passwords
  • Automatically change your passwords
  • Securely share access with friends and colleagues
Using a password manager is practically like “cheating”, and most importantly, the consumer version is free, so you can start using it today. Which brings us to today’s task:

Now it’s your turn:

  • Go to LastPass.com
  • Create an Account and add the “LastPass Free Password Manager” Chrome extension.
  • When creating your account, set a strong password for yourself using the LastPass Password Generator
  • Once you’re set up, you’ll be taken to your “vault” of profiles, which should look something like this:
If you need to install LastPass on another computer, you can visit their download page to get the right extension or app.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about storing your passwords in your LastPass Vault.

See you tomorrow!

Dan & Garrett
Note: The business class version of LastPass grants access to some cool features like: reporting, an admin dashboard, user management tools, tech support, and more. Why is that cool? Because it lets your business customize policies and how LastPass integrates with other apps, and makes it super easy to get new team members up and running with the necessary credentials! If you'd like to learn more about this for your organization, just hit reply and let me know.
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