We all do it …use the same password for virtually every website that we use. We know it’s not safe especially when there are password thieves that crack into Yahoo! LinkedIn and now Dropbox. We then change our password for the offending site and if we are smart, change them everywhere else. The thieves that broke into Dropbox know that you use the same password for Facebook and probably your bank account. Today I experimented with a free password manager plug-in called LastPass. You can see it here https://lastpass.com/
LastPass is a browser plug-in that remembers all of your online passwords. All you need to do is to remember one master password which is encrypted and stored locally on your hard drive. LastPass can generate those really strong and impossible to remember passwords that sites suggest for maximum security. Once you’ve logged into LastPass, you can auto-fill the screen names and passwords of all your websites. It’s a bit of a pain but you need to go to each of your websites and change your password. When you want to type in the new password, you just hit Alt + g and LastPass generates a random password. There’s no need to remember it because LastPass does it for you. Just be sure to log out of LastPass at the end of the day. BTW, I found that I’ve logged into 56 different websites from my office computer …virtually all with the same password…not a smart thing to do. If you’re really paranoid, you could use multi-factor authentication but I just can’t bring myself to use a computer generated random number every time I want to visit a website. Safe surfing!
Eastward Capital Partners
432 Cherry Street
West Newton, MA 02465
o: (617) 762-3611
c: (617) 947-6272
Eastward Capital Partners – providing $1 – 10 million venture debt, growth capital and equipment financing to venture-backed, emerging growth companies since 1994. We also provide expansion capital to non venture backed companies.
This e-Mail and any attachments contain privileged and confidential information of Eastward and may be accessed and read only by the intended recipients. Any further distribution or reproduction of this material by recipients, or use for any purpose not authorized by Eastward, is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient and this e-mail and attachments have been sent or passed on to you in error, please destroy the same and contact us immediately. Confidentiality and privilege are not lost by this transmission having been sent or passed on to you in error. Eastward is not liable for any damage that may be caused by viruses or transmission errors.