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Nov 16 2013   3:31PM GMT

LastPass Security Challenge

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

onepassword1Security is a dynamic process, never a one-time set-it-forget-it thing. As such, I periodically review and attempt to improve the security of my systems. For some years now, I have been a loyal and happy user of LastPass. Every login to every site I use on a regular (and not-so-regular) basis is stored there. One of the services that LastPass provides is their Security Challenge which examines your password vault, gives you an overall security score, and tells you what to do to improve your security. Here’s my most recent result:

I just scored 73% on the LastPass Security Challenge ranking 69029th overall. It securely analyzes the strength of your passwords, alerts you if you have any duplicate or weak passwords, and tells you how to make them more secure.

Give it a try and see if you can beat my score!

https://lastpass.com/?securitychallenge=1

Not a bad score — probably much better than the average person — but I’m not happy with it. Out of carelessness, or just plain laziness, I’ve been guilty of the the biggest password no-no of all: using duplicate passwords on different sites. Seems I’ve used 22 different passwords multiple times on 65 different sites. Moreover, I have 24 passwords that are considered weak and (yikes!) three blank passwords.

So, I’ll spend a few hours of my weekend changing passwords and eliminating duplicates and weak ones.

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