Never Forget Another Password Ever Again
Somewhere in an office near yours an employee was asked to print a document for the meeting that’s about to start. This is his struggle.
Hang on, I gotta log in…
click, click, clickety clack.
Now, is my password “Pa55word” or is it “Joe102046”?
Well, it’s not that.
Do I need to capitalize something? grrr.
That didn’t work.
That didn’t work either.
Looks like I’m going to have to hit “Forgot Password” again, and have them send me a new one.
Does that scenario sound familiar to you?
Used to happen to me all the time. Then I wised up and got a fix for my frustration.
There are basically three kinds of password keepers out there.
You have password applications you load onto your computer, and whose data is also stored local. Then you have the cloud-based variety, which stores your passwords out there in cyberspace so you can retrieve them whenever you want, from wherever you want. Lastly, but not leastly, there’s that notebook you keep in the top drawer of your desk.
All of these fixes have their merits.
With the locally stored passwords you have them all stored neatly together in a place where you can get to them when you need them, provided you are working on the machine it was loaded on. If anyone wants to get to your saved passwords, they’ll have to do it on your network or workstation.
When you keep it written down in a notebook in your desk, it’s kinda the same thing, only now you have all your passwords in a place where it could be easily accessible to others when you are away.
The cloud option is where things get really cool.
There are options, like LastPass, which are internet-based, and are always there when you need them no matter where they are. It’s also the simplest to add new passwords to because it can be done with one click.
LastPass is an online password vault. It plugs into browsers like Chrome and Firefox and manages your passwords for you.
Once you establish an account, and set it up, every time you enter a new password it will ask if you want to save the password.
I know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t every computer do that?
Just about, but here’s the kicker…
The passwords aren’t just useable on the machine you install it onto. Nope. You can set it up at home, go to work, add the plug-in to your browser there, and voila all your passwords are now working in both places.
When it is working, website username and password fields will feature a little asterisk. When you click the asterisk, it will bring up the saved users and passwords for that site.
On the road, or using a machine you don’t want to connect LastPass to? No problem. You can also just login to the website and browse your library for the one you are looking for. You only have to remember the password to get in.
As they say on the website:
Only you know your master password, so only you can access your information in your encrypted vault – not even LastPass can. Your data is sealed with AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256.
I’ve been using this for several years now, and I have amassed a massive amount of usernames and passwords. Every rinky dink website I’ve been to that requires one is saved in there, and whenever I visit those sites, that information gets populated for me.
It’s also free for personal use.
It’s a great little tool to use, but you do have to be careful with it. If you’re using it on devices that aren’t exclusively yours, then you probably don’t want to store important passwords in it, like one for online banking or something like that. It is just too easy to use for anyone who might use your computer, your account, or your browser.
That said, you can check it out here.
Note: We are in no way affiliated with LastPass, and we are not responsible for any crashes, breaches, or otherwise negative experiences if you choose to use it. It is just a tool we find useful, and as of yet, we’ve never had an issue with it even though it was hacked in 2015.