My latest at ProfHacker: Security Housekeeping
One of the keys to security is to use secure passwords. Since really good passwords can be difficult to remember, password managers are really useful, and we’ve reviewed a few, including LastPass (which is being acquired by LogMeIn) and KeePass.
But secure passwords aren’t enough; it’s also important to change your master password regularly and to use two-factor authentication whenever that’s available (as I learned when LastPass got hacked this summer).
A downside to using a password manager (for me, at least) is that it’s easy to become complacent; since the software generates secure passwords for me, I don’t think very often about changing them. Yet even secure passwords should be changed regularly.
Fortunately, I recently spotted a tool in LastPass that would check whether I had any compromised, weak, duplicate, or really old passwords. It found several, including some for accounts that I hadn’t touched in years (and in some cases, didn’t even remember that I had). I updated passwords as needed, and closed some inactive accounts. No doubt other password managers have similar tools.
From now on, running a check on my passwords will be part of my end-of-semester routine.
Do you have a favorite password manger? Are there other steps you routinely take to keep yourself secure online? Let us know in the comments.
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