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Topic: Keeping Passwords Secure

A password security tool like LastPass, can protect your business while reassuring your clients that their applications and proprietary data are safe.

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You’re going to be responsible for protecting client confidential information, and you don’t have a professional service firm’s IT department to back you up anymore. 

One of the easiest steps you can take is to get password protection software that will remember your passwords for you, so you can use those kinds of passwords that you know you’re supposed to use, with capital and lowercase letters and symbols and numbers —not just spelling out a word or your kid’s name, but a real, solid, strong password. You know that you’re supposed to do this, but it’s so hard to put in practice. You may be using the same password on multiple sites. You know you’re not supposed to do that, but what else choice do you have unless you’re going to write them down and then that’s not secure.

LastPass is great, OnePass is another great tool. There are other ones out there. Pick the one you want. They all work pretty much the same way. You’re gonna want to have one incredibly good password that is your password to that tool. And that’s really the only password you’re going to have to remember in the future. All of your other passwords are going to be stored in that password tool, and they’re going be strong passwords, twelve characters, upper and lowercase, numbers and letters. 

Set aside two or three hours to make the switch. You’ll be glad you’ve done it once you have.

If you use LastPass, for example, you get an app. So, it’ll be on your phone. You can access the passwords if you’re on your phone and you need to log into a site. You can set up an iPhone or Android such that the browser can access LastPass and pull those passwords in.

Or, if you’re on your browser, if you’re using, for example, Chrome, you get plugins for Chrome that LastPass or the other software and services have. And then when you go to a website, you get a little LastPass prompt, “Do you want to sign into this site?” Click yes. When you open up a new site, you can generate a secure password. With LastPass, it’ll put it into that site. It’ll also save it in LastPass memory.

LastPass is also great for storing credit card numbers, for storing social security numbers, other numbers like that, that you want to carry around with you.

So, you’ve been putting it off, perhaps. Now is a good time, as you’re setting up your own firm, to make this switch as well. Set up a strong password protection software