Mark was using the same password for every site he went to. Leo said that he used to do the same thing. The importance of password security has snuck up on us, and we should all really be using a password vault like LastPass or 1Password. The main important difference between LastPass and 1Password is that LastPass keeps your vault on their servers, whereas 1Password gives you control over where the vault is stored. Each are very securely encrypted.
Bob wants to write a document that has personal information on it and he wants to keep it offline and inaccessible to the internet. Is there any way to keep it stored to the hard drive and not be available? Leo says security is hard and thinking you can try and keep your information 100% safe is a fool's errand. Leo can think of several options to foil any defense, even not having it at all. The reality is, he'll most likely be protected through obscurity. He would also be much better off using a security tool like encryption.
Brad is having issues with Google Chrome freezing regularly on Windows 10. He can typically make it freeze by trying to print. Leo says he uses Chrome all the time on Windows 10, and hasn't had any problems, but he hasn't tried printing yet. Brad has already tried uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome. Leo suggests disabling extensions in Chrome, and Brad says he only uses LastPass.
John is a Mac user and tried a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but he had to go back to the iPhone. Leo says that being all in with Apple does make it far easier because it syncs across the board. And that's not by accident.
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.
On June 15, 2015, password manager LastPass made an announcement that its password database was hacked and some user account information had been stolen. Since LastPass has uses encryption and many layers of protection to slow down hackers, the damage will be minimal for LastPass users. While the hackers may have obtained the database of master passwords, they still don't have immediate access to everyone's passwords. That information has been encrypted, salted, and hashed, so it would take quite a bit of effort to break into it.
This week, Leo's preferred password manager LastPass got hacked. Leo still recommends them though, because they can generate extremely long custom passwords, so all you have to remember is the one LastPass password. But that's where the achilles heal was.
Cecil is using LastPass and wonders if he's safe using it even on a public Wi-Fi access point, like a hotel. Leo says absolutely. It encrypts all of his passwords and he'll be safe that way. Not even LastPass knows what his password is.
He should make sure he's also encrypting his email. Google is planning to do that through Android later this year.