Few months back Heartbleed bug was disclosed and nude photos of celebrities were leaked on the internet recently, seem that hackers guessing or hacking passwords easily. Most of the affected websites asking users change their password to strong password prevent hacker access their accounts.
Google, Twitter, Facebook, PayPal and more websites already implemented two-factor authentication to make sure accounts don’t get hacked, after you enter your password, you’ll get a second code sent to your phone, and only after you enter it will you get into your account.
Unfortunately, not all the websites support two-factor authentication, we have to create or use a unique, strong password for each accounts. The key aspects of a strong password are length, a mix of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols, however creating strong passwords may seem like a daunting task, especially when the recommendation is to have a unique password for each site you visit.
At the end, you may be using just one password even though you know it’s unsafe and that if it gets compromised all of your web information is exposed.
Test Your Strong Password
Test your password with Kaspersky secure password check or Intel password security websites. It shows my password will be bruteforced with an average home computer in approximately 14 minutes when i enter “techgravy” as my password, easily guessed and hacked.
So how to make passwords hard to guess? Well my solution is using LastPass with Google Authenticator. LastPass is password management application allow users manage all the website login details in a single, cross platform compatible password vault without remember individual usernames and passwords, users need to remember the master password to unlock your secure password vault.
Google Authenticator is a second step before you can gain access to your LastPass account, protect your account from keyloggers and other threats, then someone would be unable to gain access to your account without this second form of authentication.
You need a supported mobile device run the Google Authenticator application. Now Google Authenticator supports Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices. You can refer how to enable it here.
If you would like LastPass application supports mobile devices such as Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, or adding another login step with multifactor authentication likes YubiKey, Sesame, biometric authentication, upgrade to LastPass Premium which costs $12 per year.
Free LastPass Premium
Now LastPass has partnered with AppSumo to offer you a free 1 year Premium upgrade for your newly created LastPass account (new user only). Register an account (my referral link) if you are a new to LastPass, then install LastPass plugin or add-on into browser, visit offer page to redeem your premium upgrade.
By the way, LastPass having promotion activities allow you recommend LastPass to your friends, you both get a free month of LastPass premium account once sign up, you may invite up to 24 friends to extend the trial period by accumulate up to 2 years of free months. You can use my referral link that mentioned above, let me gain a free month of using LastPass premium.