Aug 13, 2009

LastPass vs Roboform by the Associated Press

Peter Svensson, a Technology Writer for the the Associated Press, recently compared LastPass directly against RoboForm with ease of use being one of the most important considerations.

Review: LastPass and Roboform take password management to the next level with online storage

Peter wisely discusses why the way most people store passwords is extremely insecure and espouses the benefits of password management applications. He covers how the new breed of password management applications are storing passwords encrypted online to allow universal access to your data.

From the article:


The [RoboForm] system is still cumbersome.
[...]
In providing an online storage option, Roboform is catching up to a new password management program, LastPass, that's designed from the ground up to store passwords online. Trying that, I found it slightly easier to use — at least, it didn't confront me with cryptic dialog boxes. It also has the virtue of being free, while Roboform costs $30.
[...]
Since LastPass is free and has the edge on browser and Mac compatibility, it should probably be your first pick.

Aug 9, 2009

What's a bigger problem than malware/Viruses? Poor Password Management

Interesting post by Larry Walsh, which nicely frames the issues we saw when we created LastPass:

http://blogs.channelinsider.com/secure_channel/content/authentication_and_access_control/poor_password_management_eclipses_virus_problem.html

Passwords are a huge problem at every organization I've worked with, and are typically the weakest link in the security chain, no matter what the policy has been. The solution is a single password people actually care about making secure and associated multi-factor addons to increase security. The last password you'll have to remember.

LastPass still has a lot of work left in bringing to life our vision of allowing you to use a single password everywhere but we should be able to complete our first stage (web based integrations) and moved into our second phase (desktop applications, flash and Java, etc) in a couple months.