LastPass Hack: What Happened and What You Need to Do

  • June 17, 2015
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On June 15, 2015, password management provider LastPass disclosed that its team discovered and blocked suspicious activity. The company stated, “…We have found no evidence that encrypted user vault data was taken, nor that LastPass user accounts were accessed.” It did report, however, that user email addresses, server per user “salts,” authentication hashes and password reminders were compromised. Computer repair experts share that “salts” are data added to passwords to make them more difficult to steal.

What is LastPass?

LastPass is a master password program that you download onto your computer or mobile device. The idea behind it is that the program saves all your login credentials for your various online accounts. Instead of remembering the different passwords for the various sites that you use, you only need to remember one master password.

Should I Worry?

Don’t panic. Computer and laptop repair specialists state that users’ master passwords were never exposed. As soon as LastPass discovered the security breach, it secured all user accounts. The company said that the “vast majority” of its users are safe.

I Use LastPass. What Should I Do?

Despite LastPass’ claim that your master password is “the last password you have to remember,” it recommends that all its users create a new master password, particularly those who may have a weak one. It also recommends that you set-up two-factor authentication and change your password for an account if it’s identical to another account’s password.

Making a Strong Password

If you are concerned about securing your to prevent the need for a computer repair, Portland experts will provide you with a list of recommendations that include creating a strong password. A good password has at least seven characters, has upper and lower case letters, and uses numbers and symbols. When creating a password, think of a phrase instead of a word. For example, use the first letters in the phrase, “on top of old Smokey all covered with cheese.” Then be creative with the letters. With “OTOOSACWC,” use a zero and a lower case letter O for a couple of the Os. Replace the S with $ or 5.

Specialists at our Portland computer repair store urge you to change your password at least once every 90 days. If you have any questions about the safety of your computer and online accounts, never hesitate to get in touch with Happy Hamster.

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