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The Sad State of Passwords Part 1: Use a Password Manager!

Security is something no one wants to deal with.  They don’t want to think that they are they are impervious to being targeted.  Hacking someone previously was targeted.  Being a victim in the Internet age is beyond trivial.  It is a blanket attack instead of targeted. In an age where getting your Facebook account hacked is generally accepted, people haven’t found the need to step up their security.  Hacking someone’s Facebook isn’t that offensive (yet), but we haven’t really seen a massive ID theft problem.  Can we agree to stop the problem, and educate people about password security?

This series is not the end all be all of security advice.  This is general information that everyone should implement.  I understand that I’m omitting a lot of information, but the goal is getting more people to start thinking with security in mind.

The main issue is that there is no punishment for both the company that allows the database to get stolen, nor the individual that allows it to happen.  The closest we came to any sort of outrage was the PlayStation Network losing full account information including credit cards of most of their users.  Not even pension systems getting hacked, or government records being released has brought us to that level.  Does anyone still care about wikileaks?  Probably not because it doesn’t affect you directly.  Even getting your credit card stolen, may only cost you $50, if that.

This is part 1 of many.  If I had to come up with one thing that will make security better this is it.  Get some sort of secure password manager, and let it manage your passwords.

If you want to check to see if your LinkedIn password was compromised go here:  https://lastpass.com/linkedin/
eHarmony here: https://lastpass.com/eharmony/
LastFM here: https://lastpass.com/lastfm/ 

If your password was compromised, it just proves the point you need another way to secure yourself.  Sign up for LastPass with this code to get me a referral bonus:  https://lastpass.com/f?76016

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