Feb 8, 2012

Resolutions with LastPass: #10 Strengthen Your Master Password

For the last installment in our resolutions series, we wanted to touch upon an important aspect of using LastPass: the strength of your master password. At LastPass, we've always touted we're "the last password you'll ever need". With only one strong password to remember and a host of customizable security options, you can let LastPass take care of the rest. So it goes without saying, then, that your LastPass master password should be strong and unique while still memorable.

Test the strength of your master password today by running the Security Check, located in your LastPass Icon menu, under the "Tools" menu. Once complete, you can scroll down to "How strong is your LastPass master password?" section.

The strength meter uses an algorithm that measures unique characters as well as number of different characters such as letters, numbers, symbols, including uppercase and lowercase. Your master password remains secure since the check is done entirely locally.

Less than satisfied with your score? Consider updating your master password. One of our recommendations for creating a strong, unique master password is to break down a memorable phrase into letters, numbers, and symbols.

For example, let's take: "I got 99 problems but a password ain't one". Thinking of memorable characters to assign to the phrase, we could end up with: "Ig96pZb@pwA1". And voila - a 12-character random password that you'll remember because you can say it to yourself as you type out the character that's associated with each part of the phrase.

If you want to update your master password, you can do so by going to "My LastPass Vault", launching the "Account Settings" link, and entering a new master password in the field. Practice logging in a few times with the new master password to ensure you'll start committing it to memory!

The LastPass Team

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