How much time do you waste guessing your own passwords?
In fact, it’s predicted that by 2020 the average internet user will have 207 online accounts to their name. All these accounts require a password. But, you can bet that the majority of people are not using 207 unique passwords!
Most probably use about three, over and over again. If this is you, then don’t panic straight away. Today we’re here to show you why it’s important to have a unique password for every account you own and how to remember them all with LastPass. We’ve actually already written a post on how to create secure passwords, so check that one out after you’ve read this.
Be safe, be secure.
Hacking and the leaking of personal information are becoming commonplace in the news.
Cyber attacks pose a particular threat to small businesses who are often more vulnerable and unprepared for such a breach. If someone gets into one of your accounts then all the other accounts that use that password are compromised.
To be truly safe and secure, you need a different, strong password for each account.
“Remembering all those passwords would be impossible”, we hear you cry.
And that is true; our brains are not wired to remember this much information.
You could keep all your passwords in a notebook, but this isn’t very secure. A book could be easily stolen or misplaced, which would not only mean you lose the passwords, but you’d be vulnerable to a data breach.
Our many accounts are supposed to make our lives easier, but precious time is wasted when we forget a password or can’t access something important.
For business employees who use the same accounts, there also needs to be a more secure – not to mention digital – way of collaborating than sticking post-it notes all over the office.
The solution: LastPass.
Your best option is to use a password manager like LastPass. This is a safe, secure and portable place to store your passwords, meaning you can have as many as you need, without worrying about forgetting them.
Acting as a limitless digital vault, LastPass takes the role of that fabled notebook or scrap of paper hidden away on a bookshelf but instead locks that data away behind layers of encryption that only you can access.
But, what if someone gets into the password manager, then they have everything?!
Not when this app uses the AES-256 standard of encryption. This is what the US government uses to protect top-secret information. It’s pretty secure.
There is also an extra layer of security between your phones and LastPass’ servers, meaning that your data is kept secret even from LastPass. Think of it as an encryption sandwich; nobody’s getting past the bread on either side.
If you want to rest easy knowing your data is safe, you can’t go far wrong with a password manager. Cyber attacks threaten every internet user, but as a business, you are more likely to be targeted and affected by a data breach. LastPass is super easy to use. It has grown from being a simple browser plug-in to a fully-fledged desktop and mobile application with numerous tools.
You can try it for free for a limited time and then there are a number of affordable payment options depending on your personal needs or the size of your business operation.
Want to know more about IT security, keeping data safe or more about using LastPass? Get in touch with us today to find out more.