PASSWORD MANAGERS JUST GOT A LOT MORE ACCESSIBLE
Human memory is a weak point in cyber security. Passwords are an essential part of existing on the internet, and most of them are terrible. But they are terrible for good reason: Passwords need to be remembered and long, obscure phrases built out of letters, numbers, and symbols are hard, so people tend to pick up something basic like abc123, and then leave it alone until they’re eventually hacked and locked out of their email.
Password managers are apps that generate and store unique passwords, matched to the sites that need them, all in encrypted metaphorical vaults. LastPass is just one in a growing field of password manager apps, and yesterday it announced that it was expanding its free service to work on multiple devices. Previously, using the same LastPass account on a phone, computer, tablet, etc, required signing up for the company’s premium service, at $12 a year.