Why You Should Be Using a Password Manager

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Every few weeks, we hear the news that another major website has been hacked. Often these hacks mean your personal information has also been compromised. In this post, we cover the important reasons for why you should use a password manager to protect your online identity, and how to get started with LastPass, a free password manager.

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  1. I’ve always been told by my parents to make sure that the only people who knew my passwords to my accounts are them. And I followed this rule, until it became simple things, like unlocking my phone and a friend wanted to use it to call their parents, and I tell them my password. I realize how dangerous it is to let your password out, because it gives access to all of your personal information. My phone is linked to my credit card, which also might not be the best idea because if someone can get into my phone, they have an easier access to my credit card account and can get into there.
    It is also important to make sure that you don’t have the same password for every social account that you have – if one account can be hacked, so can the rest. A tip that my parents gave me was to have the password related to something that only the family would understand, maybe a phrase and some numbers that were significant. I remember my best friend once forgot her facebook password, and I was able to get in, without hacking it. I simply thought of phrases or words that she liked, or that she would tend to use, and I was able to open her account in a matter of minutes. This shows how delicate the system is. It is too easy to get into someone’s account.
    I was told that when anything is free, it really isn’t, we are the cost. Our personal information is taken by the companies and sold to other companies. We, the customers are the profit. That’s why passwords are important, they are our defense from other people getting in, and stealing our personal information. It is important to not have generic passwords, like 123456789. I personally don’t like the idea of using a password manager because if someone can get into the account for that, then all of your personal information is at risk. Everything is under LastPass, or whatever password manager a customer uses, and once that is hacked, then they lose everything at once.

  2. Now a days, the risk level of being hacked is at an all-time high. As computers get smarter so do the people manning them. While reading this article the writer did an excellent job of instilling some fear into the reader about the possibility of having their information hacked and stolen all because of a faulty password. Having a strong password is so easy to do and can save you a life time of trouble. The article gave the reader many useful tips on how to make and keep a strong password. They suggested using a service called lastpass. Lastpass is a password management service that takes place online. They will help you come up with strong passwords as well as keep them there so you will never forget that password for whatever you may be using that password for.
    I myself feel I could use some of these tips to my advantage. I personally have never been hacked but as I read different articles and blogs I see the threat is becoming more and more prevalent. With that being said I feel that Lastpass would allow me to start being more responsible for my personal information. While reading the article They mentined some of the most common passwords that are used. After reviewing that list it scared me because I use some of those passwords for miniscule unimportant accounts like a magazine subscription, but still it goes to show how easily it is for passwords to be broken. I will use Lastpass so I can have a variety of strong passwords without forgetting them.

  3. I am one of the people who uses the same password (or a variation) for every account that I have. Every time I make a new account for something and enter the password that I know too well I get a little wary of the outcome of getting hacked on just one of these sites. If someone hacked one of my accounts and got the password then they could easily go into the rest of my accounts and get that information too. My rationale behind using the same password is convenience for me when I login and I think it is complex and unique enough not to be hacked easily. I’ve also believed that odds of someone hacking my account are small because there are so many other people who would get hacked before me. I know this is stupid and doesn’t make sense but that is just what I have always thought. Before taking this class I never saw a dire need for a password manager.
    Last week I got an email from a fitness app that I use telling me there was a data breach and an unauthorized party acquired data from accounts on the app. They advised me to change my password and check the account for any suspicious activity. I actually changed my password and deleted the app all together just to be safe. Earlier this year I received a new debit card in the mail because of the possibility my account, among others, was hacked. Those are two times a large amount of my possible data could have been stolen just in the past few months. If this trend continues I will seriously reconsider which websites and apps I give certain information. I’ve already looked into which password manager I want to use I’ve slowly been changing my password on different sites. The problem is that I’ve used the password for so many sites it will take me a while just to go onto each one and change it. After taking a list at the most popular passwords of 2016 I feel fortunate that I didn’t use something like “123456” or “password” when I was younger. Even when I was a kid I was not foolish enough to use something that could be guessed by a random person. As hacking becomes more prevalent and dangerous I hope I am not too lazy to take further precautions. I know when I get a job after college I will have insurance and bills to pay and I don’t want that information to get hacked. Obviously this is a growing problem that is nearly impossible to completely stop but there are steps everyone should be taking to help themselves.

  4. In today’s society, the importance of password protection is essential to anyone who uses the internet all over the world. Corporations and businesses are constantly under cyber-attack for their sensitive information. Too often, the general public’s privacy is forgotten about on a regular day routine.

    Most websites rely on a simple login process for the user to gain access to their profile and in turn their personal information. This article tells us that the best online security practice would start with the creation of a unique, complex password that is different from any existing passwords you have for other website accounts. It makes sense to have versatility in your password choices. If an account does end up getting hacked, one does not want the hacker to be able to enter the same password into other sites to gain more and more personal information. In terms of making the password complex, adding numbers and other characters in can give your password more creativity, making it harder for hackers to gain access. You also shouldn’t use easy passwords to guess, such as “password,” “12345678,” and your name. These are things that anyone from the public could and would try first, making you an easy target to get hacked.

    I didn’t know that if a website gets hacked, that your email goes onto a list to be used to try to log into other websites all over the internet. That is an absolutely terrifying concept for me. I have always used a long, complex password for all of my online accounts. While this is a good habit, I never change my passwords or use different passwords for different websites. So I basically have no idea who could have had access to my emails, text messages, purchases, bank accounts, as well as social media accounts. After learning about password managers and how efficient they are in terms of protecting your passwords, I immediately implemented LastPast, an online password manager, for my online accounts. I went and changed all of my passwords accordingly. From here on out, I am going to be able to effectively manage my passwords and not have to worry about my personal information being taken from my online accounts. With cyber attacks on the rise and governments struggling to keep pace with the advanced technological skills of the hackers, Americans and everyone around the world should be using a password manager to stay on top of their cyber security awareness.

  5. In this article it talks a lot about how the use of password managers is what everyone should be using when they need a password for an account. The need for protection on the internet is very much a necessity especially when you have personal information on some accounts online. With technology being as advanced as it is in this day and age hacking has become something that we are starting to see virtually every day. This article does a good job of telling you the advantages of using these password managers. So most websites where you need an account basically just trusts in a simple log in method that some people could see being hacked fairly easy. Now what this article tells us is the best way to go about these, and you can see all the benefits from these password managers. However, to me I have mixed feeling about these.
    I am not completely sold on these password managers as something that I am going to trust 100% of the time. I think that these are just as likely to be hacked as everything else that we need accounts for. Granted I do think that it can definitely help you with security. I just do not see it as something that is going to be completely bullet proof while it has all this information about your passwords on whatever websites and accounts you use or have. In the articles it says that password managers like LastPass store your account information to keep it safe, but to me I am not sure I would want all of my account information from multiple accounts and websites to be in one place. To me it would be more appealing to hackers to attack that rather than going for one account at a time.

  6. In class we often discuss how one of the biggest threats we face in today’s society are security-based issue; particularly our lack of security, particularly online. As is the old adage, “When chased by a bear, you only need to run faster than the person beside you.” The same is true for security (generally); we don’t have to have the best and strongest security of everyone (though that wouldn’t be a bad thing), just better security than those around us. Who wants to put the extra effort in to hack someone who’s security is more difficult than the average person? Likely not many. Recent security breaches with megacorporation’s like Facebook, and the Yahoo security breach in 2016 in which 3 billion users’ data was stolen remind the public that this is a very real, and very prevalent problem that could easily affect each and every one of us.
    According to a survey completed by Keeper Security, 87% of those aged eighteen and up reuse their passwords, and 81% of those thirty and older reuse their passwords. Going back to the idea that you only need to be better protected than the average person, by simply having different, unique, and difficult passwords for each site you use, you can greatly decrease your likelihood of being hacked. However, it is quite difficult to remember even a few different passwords, and which one correlates to which website or account. This problem, as outline by the article, is easily remedied by utilizing a program such as Dashlane, 1Password, or (as they recommend) LastPass. These programs create a unique password for each site and remember them, so when you need to log on to a program, all you have to do is open your account on LastPass (or the others), search for the site, and you’re set. These programs also help with another, less talked about aspect of online security: Security questions. Without a second thought many of us provide honest answers, they’re easier to remember anyways, however we often don’t realise that by giving honest answers, were making ourselves incredibly easy to hack. It is quite easy to find out your father’s middle name or mother’s maiden name as all this data is available somewhere on the internet. When hackers get the answer to these security questions, they can then bypass any effort you may have put in by using a unique password by skipping it all together. These password manager programs can also be a place where you store incorrect answers to security questions as well, thus helping to reduce your personal connections to the information. This makes it much harder for hackers, as they know have to either randomly guess the password or security questions- nothing impossible, but again more difficult than the average person.
    Ultimately password managers help compensate for the fact that our online security is increasingly more at risk, and the fact that we as a species, generally can’t combat this on our own by remembering multiple, long passwords and security answers.

  7. The idea of not having to worry about clicking that forgot password button sounds nice, does it not? Essentially, LastPass takes away the burden of having to do that ever again. Not only does this save all of your passwords, but also, it even helps you to generate complex passwords if needed, which will help keep your personal information safe. A very intriguing thought definitely, but it only makes me more skeptical. I believe privacy is everything and was raised in a home where you keep things to yourself if they are important. LastPass claims to provide help in generating complex passwords and saving them because it can often be hard to remember all of them, especially since nearly everything is online and requires some sort of identification login. However, this means you are uploading all of your personal information to one site. The goal is to eliminate hacking and keep you safe, but what if LastPass is hacked? I am not sure I would be able to allow myself to do this, especially since I do not even allow myself to click the remember login due to skepticism. My mother always told me to write things down if I need to remember them, and I firmly believe that. She keeps all of the family’s personal info along with all of her passwords in a calendar book she has had since college. I see her referring to it daily, and that is something that cannot be hacked, stolen maybe, but the chances of that I feel are slimmer and in her power more than in the power of some website. I stand by the possession that hard copies are safer in today’s age. Besides, pen and paper are not yet obsolete; we might as well use them while they are still around.

  8. If you want to keep your personal information safe, then it is critical to have a separate passwords for each online account you may have. The most important is when it comes to your most important accounts, such as your bank or email accounts. Therefore, if you use banking apps or social media apps to connect with your friends and family, those apps are especially vulnerable to a hacker. The hacker gains access to all your personal information and gets into other accounts if different passwords are not used. If you only have a few passwords or even only one password for every online account that you may have, you are putting your private information at risk to the hacker. Hackers have databases of billions of passwords that they can run through in order to hack into your accounts. It is important for the user to use complex passwords for each of their accounts but also have different passwords for each account as well.
    This article really made me think about my passwords and I have realized that most of my passwords are the same and I should change them to avoid being hacked. I usually keep one password to avoid forgetting my accounts because that happens to me so often that I get frustrated and annoyed that I always have to keep coming up with a new password. Statistically, most people have less than three passwords that they use according to psafe.com. Hackers know how lazy us humans can be with our passwords and they always try to find a way to take advantage of that. Most hackers have a list over a billion common or easy passwords that they can go through to guess your password. All of your private information is less than a few seconds away from a hacker if your password is easy to guess or if it is very common. I have learned that if I want to keep my information safe, the experts suggest that I should make a different password for every account I have. No matter if it is all my social media accounts or my more important accounts such as my banking, email, or school accounts. There are a lot of free apps and free online websites that create randomized passwords for people instantly if they need help with that. The random passwords that the online company create are incredibly long and nearly impossible to remember, so many people do not do that, but it is one way from having your accounts from being hacked. Another tip is to have passwords that have very unique letter and number combinations with the use of special characters. That is why many websites ask their users to have a password with a capital letter, lowercase letter, a number, and at least one special character. One huge foul is using your name as your password that is way to easy for the hacker to guess and your account is vulnerable to your private information. Therefore, it is important to have different password for your different accounts. Also, it is important to make your passwords unique that is tough to guess.

  9. A password manager is something that was extremely unfamiliar to me up until very recently, when getting your account hacked is more common than ever before. As technology advances for the better, unfortunately it is also advancing for the worst. As technology progresses it is easier to hack into accounts than ever, and not easier to protect your account. This becomes even more dangerous when people use the same password for multiple accounts. Once one person gets into one account it is too easy to find any other accounts with the same password or similar and get access to an unprecedented amount of information. The wrong information getting out can be detrimental to one’s life, specifically financially. Nearly every day large corporations get hacked and they have the means to protect themselves, which makes it even easier to get hacked as any individual, with little means to protect themselves. I currently do not have one but according to this article it is the best thing I can do in order to protect myself online. I am rather notorious for using the same password or different variations of it across all of my accounts. Personally, I always thought this would be beneficial because it would make the passwords easier to remember and then I would get locked out of my accounts less, something I tend to frequently deal with. I am very convinced about getting one because not only would I be to enhance my security online but as long as I do not forget one password I will never forget any of them. Although I understand the necessity for this new technology, it does make me wonder about the digital age and how with changing times comes changing technology. However, in this case it somewhat implies that technologies are changing in a way that is making the world less safe, because one of the main purposes of the password manager is to prevent hacking and feel less secure, but this was not always a problem.

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