The Beginner’s Guide to LastPass

You know you are supposed to use a password manager. In my workshops, attendees often ask me how I manage my passwords, and my answer is to use LastPass. At first glance, it seems like password managers are a pain to set up. Good news: getting started with a password manager is easier than you think.

In this workshop, I will cover the basics of LastPass and what makes it my favorite.

How to:
Log in to LastPass
Save a Site
Create a Form Fill
Generate a Password
Share a Password
Secure Your LastPass Account
How to Use LastPass on Your Smartphone

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Community Career Center: Cyber Security at Home

According to one security firm, 2014 was a record year for malware. The firm Panda Security says the number of new malware strains it detected doubled from 2013 to 2014, and it is not going down in 2015. The data breaches are happening more regularly. Are you doing everything you can at home to secure your privacy? This workshop will go over ways you can implement today to secure your home network and computers. Topics include:

Which operating system should I use?
Which browser should I use?
How do you set up strong passwords?
How do I secure my router?
How do I use antivirus software and a firewall?
And more!

Advanced Topics:
Two-factor authentication
Virtual Private Network
OpenDNS

Your Password is Wrong

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Here is a quick test. How many passwords do you have? Compare that to, how many web sites you visit require a password? If the numbers do not match, you are using the wrong passwords. The problem with using the same password in multiple sites is that once one site is hacked, you are vulnerable with all the other sites. If you are not too concerned about this issue, I suggest you read the ordeal of Mat Honan.

Fortunately, the solution is easy. You need to have a unique password for each site that requires it, and make each password long (12-16 characters). It is easier to crack “51Tf%09c” than “ThisIsAnExampleOfALongPassword.” Managing many passwords will become a chore, so if you don’t already use one, make the right decision and download a password manager TODAY. Here are a few to get you started:

I use LastPass. It is worth $12 per year. It syncs the passwords across different devices, which is a timesaver. It also memorizes the credit card number (encrypted), so I don’t need my wallet next to me when I am making a purchase online. It even tests the strength of your passwords and tell you to generate new ones if it sees any weak ones.

It does a while to set everything up, but it’s well worth the effort. The alternative is a lot worse, in my opinion!

Use This Weekend to Update Your Passwords

Heartbleed

You may have heard about the “Heartbleed” bug. Essentially, you have to do three things:

  1. Get a password manager. I use and highly recommend LastPass ($12/year; well worth it).
  2. Use the password manager to replace the passwords. See the link below for the websites affected: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/
  3. Enable two-factor authentication wherever available.

If you want to read the details on the bug in plain English, here is a link:

http://www.howtogeek.com/186735/htg-explains-what-the-heartbleed-bug-is-and-why-you-need-to-change-your-passwords-now/