I know I shouldn’t use the same password for all of my sites… but I do. So I was a little alarmed when I saw the news that LinkedIn passwords may have been compromised. I think that a lot of people would probably fall into this category.

Lastpass

I found a tool that will check whether your password is one of the passwords that has been published at www.lastpass.com/linkedin. I seem to be safe but I thought that I should find a password solution that might be a little more secure than using a similar password across your digital footprint and/or storing as PostIt notes in Exchange.

The Last Pass product seems to be fairly good. I’m giving it a test drive. www.lastpass.com

KeePass

Update: I’ve now been using KeePass for some time now. It has great support for Dropbox, iOS and Android. It seems to work really well. I’ve subsequently changed / update most of my passwords now.

  1. I ended up just changing my passwords so that they were different from each other and made them much more secure… Eg more numbers / characters / symbols. Using Lastpass was more effort than it was worth – and in itself was actually a security risk – it’s difficult across devices and essentially relies on one master password.

    See article here about Lastpass security breach. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20060464-83.html

    • Keepass (http://keepass.info) works for me across Mac, Windows, iPhone and Linux. Sync’d via Dropbox and we’re good to go.
      As for secure passwords, use a long one rather than a complicated one. Both will require brute force to solve (if the service in question has done things right) and the more characters, the better. Use three random-ish words like ChocolateGiraffeVehicle – way more secure (and easier to type) than vs2$A#jhkv

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