password vaults

LogMeIn's Acquisition of LastPass Raises Concerns

Episode 1228

For years, Leo has advocated using the password vault Last Pass to guard your passwords. But this week, Last Pass got bought by Log Me In, which Leo says doesn't have the best track record regarding software security. There are other options out there, so Leo isn't backing off the need for a good Password vault. But whether it will be Last Pass? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, Leo is using KeePass.

How is Secure Safe for password protection?

Episode 1214

Carl from Rhode Island, CA

Carl wants to know how Secure Safe works for password protection. Leo says they use a key that only he has, and it backs that up with second factor authentication. So only he has access to his encrypted data. Not even SecureSafe can unencrypt it, and that's exactly what Carl will want. He can store 15 passwords for free. But Leo says they check all the right boxes, so it should be OK. Leo typically recommends LastPass, which has also been vetted by security expert Steve Gibson.

How can I store my passwords securely?

Episode 1205

Paul from San Bernardino, CA

Paul has trouble remembering all of his passwords. Leo says that the best password is one that's long, random, and filled with letters, numbers and punctuation. But that makes it impossible to remember and a hassle to always type. This is why Leo relies on a password vault, or wallet, that has all the passwords in it. Then he'll only have to remember one master password. But he'll have to choose carefuly because the downside of a vault/wallet is that it has a single point of failure. So when he has one, he should make sure the master password is one that only he knows.

How can I save passwords in my browser?

Episode 1198

Vicky from Temecuila, CA

Vicky works out of her house in California, while her office is back East. Since they've added McAfee on her computer, her passwords aren't being saved in her browser. Leo's not a fan of McAfee, but since Vicky has no choice, she should check her settings to see if there's something triggered that's preventing it. Can she use post it notes? Leo says sure, because she works at home and that's not going to hurt. She can also keep a notebook.

How often should I change my passwords?

Password

Episode 1154

Mike from Glendale, CA

Mike wants to know about passwords and how often he should change the ones on his computer. Leo says that local passwords, like for logging into his laptop aren't that big of a deal. Someone would have to have physical access to the computer and a lot of time to crack it. So that's not really the one to worry about. It's the passwords online, and even then, those passwords are encrypted. Those who change passwords a lot are those who have passwords that are shamefully easy to guess.

What's the best password vault?

Lastpass Vault

Episode 1136

Carla from Buena Park, CA

Carla is overwhelmed by all of the passwords she has to remember. What can she use to help manage that? Leo says a password vault will generate a unique and strong password that's difficult to crack. The best passwords are long and random with a combination of upper and lower case, numbers, letters and punctuation. Leo advises using LastPass. She can download and use it for free on the desktop, or pay $12 for some additional features including mobile use.

Why is Apple's Time Capsule so slow to back up?

Apple Time Capsule

Episode 1128

Aiden from Ireland

Aiden made the switch to a Mac and his Time Capsule takes forever to backup. It works just fine in Windows, though. Leo says there are a number of different protocols, and Windows uses that SMB, which is the default language. Apple uses its own protocol called AFP, which is based on the older AppleTalk. Leo advises going into the settings and turning all the protocols on. That will allow it to use the fastest available.