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You have to use a Password Manager

If you are new to internet security or want to learn how to secure you account, I recommend that you go ahead and download my free Security Guidelines for beginners, you will be able to follow best practices step be step to secure your accounts.

As a software developer, data security is always critical, as a normal human who just wants to surf the internet, it should be as well.

Password managers are becoming a must-have tool recently. Especially with the huge number of data leaks that spread on the internet now and then. The last one happened over the last month, where almost 3.2 billion accounts details were leaked, including emails and passwords in plain text.

For more details, check COMB – Biggest Data Breach of All Time Explained.

Password managers are simply lightweight apps that help you manage, generate, store and retrieve passwords securely.

When using a password manager app, you do not need to remember your password anymore.

When using a password manager app, you do not need to remember your password anymore

Google and Apple already started embedding such features in their platforms. Apple connects iPhone and iMac using its Safari browsers. I didn’t use it as I am not an iPhone user – yet.

Google, as well, has implemented the same experience in Android using the Google Chrome web browser. The experience is not that good compared to third-party apps.

Third-party apps like NordPass, LastPass, and BitWarden all offer free packages, as well as premium ones.

I have been a LastPass user since I can not remember, it secures more than 20 million users and I will continue relying on them to secure my passwords and digital assets.

They encrypt the password on the device locally first, whether it is iPhone, Android, PC, or MAC, using the most secure encryption algorithm AES-256. They have also implemented advanced techniques to ensure that original pain text passwords can never be figured out if the encrypted password was leaked or if their servers were hacked.

Then encrypted passwords are then sent to the cloud using a highly secure connection, then again stored on the cloud.

LastPass helps retrieve your password from the cloud to your device in an encrypted form over a secure connection. The password is only decrypted on your device and never on another machine.

This month, starting March 16th, 2021, LastPass will be making changes to its free option. Users will no longer be able to sync passwords across different types of devices.

For example, if you used your LastPass on a PC and a phone, you will have to choose one of them if you want to keep using the free package.

Upgrading to the premium package will only cost now $2.25 per month or $27 per year which is a 25% discount. New users will have to pay $3 monthly/$36 yearly.

Nothing else regarding security will change, do not panic!

If you did not use a password manager before, it is the right time to start with LastPass

What you will get with LastPass premium

LastPass analyses your password strength and provides you with a score and list of recommendations to follow in order to reach the highest level of security.

When hackers get access to any of your account’s email and/or password, they share it online, not on our internet that we know but within the dark web that you do not need to know anything about it other than its name. LastPass continuously checks your email addresses against a database of breached credentials and immediately alerts you if they have been compromised.

…and many more additional features.

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