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Aug 24 2009   2:18AM GMT

I Use LastPass

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

OMG! I just opened that box that Pandora gave me. I have often said that I don’t like password managers because I don’t consider them secure. That goes double for the password managers built into the browsers. I don’t like anything to reside directly on my system, so that leaves a remote location. These days, “remote location” equates to “The Cloud.”

That’s why I use LastPass and have been using it for more than a year now. All of my passwords are stored online, encrypted, and I only have to remember one master password to unlock the vault. I don’t have to carry anything with me on a thumb drive or install any programs on someone else’s computer in order to access my stuff when I’m not using my own PC.

Don’t take my word for it, check out this list of features. And then decide for yourself.

Oh, by the way, you can generate very secure passwords with LastPass and you don’t have to worry about remembering them, because LastPass will do it for you. Firefox and IE add-ons make things even easier. When you come to a new site you need to set up an account with, LastPass offers to generate a password for you. Then, when you log in, LastPass offers to save all information for the site. If you do that and then come back to the site later, LastPass will give you the option to either auto-fill the information or perform an auto login.

Highly recommended if you don’t want to do your own password management. You can still use all of the methods I’ve proposed for generating secure passwords, but you’ll never have to worry about remembering them.  Use my methods to generate the most secure password you can for your LastPass master password and encode it so you can write it down securely, but use LastPass for all your password management needs.

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