passwords

Why do I have to log into my Chromebook every time?

Lenovo Chromebook

Episode 1503

Sue from Illinois

Sue took Leo's advice and bought a Lenovo Chromebook. But she's having difficulty adapting to it. She doesn't know where anything is. Leo says that's because everything is in the cloud. It also asks for her password all the time and she's tired of entering it. Leo says that can be frustrating, but it's vital to protect her data in the Cloud. In the settings, there is a feature that would enable her to turn on a PIN, which would let her log in with a simple 4-7 digit code. She'll have to enter her Google password from time to time yet, but the PIN is a good way around this issue.

Why do I have to keep inputting my Windows Password?

Microsoft Windows 10

Episode 1502

Sam from Los Angeles, CA

Sam took a long vacation and now he keeps getting a password challenge in Windows 10, rather than his PIN. Leo says he can't set up Windows with a PIN unless he sets a password. It's likely tied to his Microsoft account. Leo says to try that. Once he inserts it, then he's logged in. It probably reverted to the Microsoft password after a long time of inactivity. Once he uses the Windows password again, he'll be good to go.

Twitter Error Results in Passwords Being Stored in Plain Text

Twitter login

Episode 1486

Twitter sent an email to its 330 million users recommending that they change their passwords. This is because of an error that caused user passwords to be stored unencrypted and in plain text. While this was a big flaw, Twitter is being praised for disclosing the information immediately so users can take action to protect their accounts.

Read more at Reuters.com.

How can I reset my Windows 10 password?

PCunlocker

Episode 1476

Steve from Radondo Beach, CA

Steve forgot the password on his all-in-one Windows 10 machine. Leo says that can be a serious problem in Windows 10. But since Steve used his Microsoft account to log in, he can change the Microsoft password and he should be able to make it work. Microsoft also has a utility called MSDaRT, which has a feature called Locksmith Wizard that will reset his Windows 10 password. Third party utilities include PC Unlocker.

Why doesn't my password vault input the right password?

LastPass

Episoide 1473

David from Florida

David uses a bunch of different browsers and everyone wants to save his passwords. It seems easier, but he says that it fills in the wrong password often. Leo says that's probably because David has multiple password managers and they are fighting. It's like antivirus software. It's best to have just one. Relying on the browser saving passwords isn't safe because that's not their main business and many have security flaws. David should use one password manager like LastPass, and it will input the right password.

Is there an Android app that could simplify the process of logging onto public Wi-Fi?

LastPass on mobile

Episode 1457

Gary from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Leo says there's a new feature in Android Oreo 8.1 — it will let you know how fast a Wi-Fi access point is before joining it. Leo says any password vault should enter his password into the web portal when he signs in. Leo prefers using password vaults to any mechanism offered by the browser or phone itself. Password vaults will remember all of his passwords, and on Android, it will actually fill in the password automatically.

How strong is the encryption on Microsoft Office documents?

Microsoft Office

Episode 1456

Mike from Riverside, CA

Mike is wondering how good the encryption is in Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Leo says it's actually pretty good and that it's adequate, but not uncrackable. Leo says it's hard to crack stuff on the web when a service can slow the attacker down. But if someone can get a document that's locked and own it, there's nothing to stop them from trying a million passwords a second, and brute-force that document. Having said that, Microsoft has started using strong encryption on documents. The weak link will be the password.