Oct 19, 2012

Know Someone Who Needs a Password Manager? AllThingsD Recommends LastPass

In the market for a password manager, or know someone who is? Bonnie Cha, senior reviewer at AllThingsD, recently published an overview of the top three password managers and recommends LastPass overall!

We all know we're supposed to use unique, strong passwords for all of our accounts - and a password manager helps you achieve that, without any extra headache. It also makes logging in to your favorite sites completely effortless. In her video review, Cha mentions that LastPass is a good option because "it's easy to use, and it's free, and offers more than enough features."

So if you're looking to spread the word on password management, or are on the fence yourself, read through her write-up here, or watch her video review below:

If you were to recommend LastPass, which feature would you highlight?

Oct 15, 2012

LastPass Sentry Now Checks Your Entire Vault!

We recently introduced LastPass Sentry, a new feature to help LastPass users be more proactive about their online security by alerting them when their email address is included in the latest breaches of online sites and services (think LinkedIn).

We're excited to announce that LastPass Sentry is now also supported as part of the LastPass Security Challenge! The update means that a full check can be performed locally against your entire LastPass vault to look for accounts that may have been affected by a breach, in addition to the ongoing monitoring of your LastPass account email address.

How LastPass Sentry now works:
  1. Sentry still performs daily checks, with the latest updates to the PwnedList database, to see if LastPass account email addresses are on the list.
  2. If a match is found, an email notification is sent to the LastPass user, notifying them of the domain that was breached and the potential risk. 
  3. Users can also run the LastPass Security Challenge (from the LastPass Icon's Tools menu) and select the option to look for breaches of their stored accounts. 
  4. If any matches are found between the PwnedList database and the data in your vault, notifications are sent to the affected email addresses with information on the breach and a reminder to update your passwords.
  5. We then recommend updating the password for any affected accounts, and any other accounts using that password (which the Security Challenge will help you identify), using LastPass to generate a new, strong password.
As we mentioned previously, the feature is available for all free and Premium users, as well as corporate Enterprise users. In the case of Enterprise users, both the Enterprise administrator and the affected employee will receive notifications that a match has been found.

We plan to continue increasing the frequency of our database checks to work towards real-time notifications and further enhance the service to provide ongoing value to our users.

What do you think of the update to LastPass Sentry? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!