Dec 11, 2014

The Scariest Retail Breaches of 2014

2014 isn't over yet, but some are already dubbing it the "year of the retail breach". About 20 major retail chains in the US were hit with big breaches from the end of 2013 to present. Those are just the ones we know about! And now the biggest shopping season of the year is underway in the US. The scale of these breaches means it's more important than ever to be proactive about data security.

The incidents shown in the infographic below largely affected payment information, but passwords and usernames remained the most exposed record type in 2014 so far. That's why it's also critical to:
Just how bad of a year was it for retail breaches? Click the infographic below to see a full-sized version:

Dec 9, 2014

Introducing Auto-Password Changing with LastPass

In the wake of major security incidents like Heartbleed, there was one piece of advice delivered over and over again: Change your passwords. Change them now. And create much, much stronger ones.

We saw many people struggling with where to begin that process. Even for those already using a password manager like LastPass, it still required setting aside time to navigate through each account and update passwords one by one. Until now.

We’re excited to announce that the Auto-Password Change feature we released to our Pre-Build Team last week is now available for all users in beta. LastPass can now change passwords for you, automatically. We’re releasing this feature for free to all our users, on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox (starting with version 3.1.70).

Maintaining your privacy and security is our top priority. That’s why we’re doing this differently. We’ve implemented this feature to make password changes locally on your machine, ensuring we stay true to our mission and never have access to your data. All of your sensitive information is encrypted on your computer before syncing, and your encryption key is never shared with LastPass.

Auto-Password Change already supports 75 of the most popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, Home Depot, and Dropbox. When clicking “edit” for a supported site, a “Change Password Automatically” button appears:

Once clicked, LastPass opens a new tab where it logs in for you, creates a new password, and submits the changes on the website, while also saving them to LastPass. Next time you log in to that website, LastPass will autofill with the newly-generated password. And all you had to do was click a button!

We’re committed to making password management easier, faster, and even more practical. We’re building features that help you minimize the impact of breaches. Give Auto-Password Change a try. We think you’ll find it life-changing, too.