It is always recommended to keep your passwords secure. Some of you may use a password management service like LastPass. Using these types of services makes it easy for you to maintain all your passwords for all your online accounts. These services use a single encrypted master password to keep all of your passwords secure but you are relying on the services to not get hacked.
LastPass is a quite popular service since it is free to use and also offers a premium version. However, those of you that have been keeping up with the news, LastPass has dealt with multiple security breaches over the past few years. Their most recent hack was in March, where a major exploit made it possible for hackers to steal passwords. Previous breaches were recorded back in 2016 and 2015 where the company confirmed a full-scale security breach.
If this concerns you, you may want to consider switching to 1Password. The difference is, 1Password offers you the option to keep your data protected locally rather than storing it on its servers like LastPass. 1Password also offers a service called Watchtower that tracks the websites use to detect if you have been hacked and can quickly change your password. The thing with 1Password is that their services aren't free and cost about $2.99 per month for a single user or $4.99 for a family plan that covers up to five people.
I myself personally don't use the services but they do make things easier. I have been considering trying out these services but the information I have gathered about LastPass makes me hesitant to give them a try. I know there are many of you that use these types of services and if you're one that uses LastPass and want to make the switch over to 1Password, there is a guide to help you do that.
This process will cover all your site logins and “Secure Notes,” which covers important personal data like your bank account, Social Security, and passport numbers.
How to Switch
- Create a new account with 1Password
- Log into LastPass and select "More Options"
- Click on "Advanced" and then "Export"(you may be required to log in again)
- You should see all your LastPass data and copy all of it.
- Sign into 1Password
- Click on your account name in the top right and select "Import".
- Select "LastPass" and choose the relevant vault(Personal or Private).
- Paste your data you copied from LastPass and you're done.
Remember to uninstall LastPass so it won't interfere with 1Password. Download the 1Password browser extension and start using it.
There is a more secure and difficult way to switch services and is for those that are more paranoid and want to have their passwords secure as much as possible. This other method will require you to create an encrypted disk image. You can check out the iMore site for the guide on how to do it on a Mac or PC.
A Friendly Reminder
Those of you on GOLOS,
KEEP YOUR KEYS SAFE!!!
There are other ways to keep them secure and I have run into some users that would send it to themselves through their emails. That is Not a secure way to store your keys. An email account can be easily hacked these days.
Make multiple backups of your keys such as writing them down on a piece of paper and on a text file stored on a USB thumb drive. Be sure to store those in a secure place. If you want to secure them even further, encrypt the USB drive and get a safe.
Be safe and GOLOS ON!!!