Password Managers

Password manager apps/services and reviews/comparisons, local vs. cloud options, how to use, data breaches, and security concerns.

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LastPass Hacks – Lessons and What to Do

LastPass has been hacked… again. This time, user vaults were stolen by hackers. The more updates we receive about this dumpster fire, the worse it gets. In this episode, we explain what happened and how you should protect yourself. We also outline lessons everyone (users, business owners, developers) should take away from this event and apply them to create a more private and secure future. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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Don’t Use LastPass, Use These Instead

LastPass is better than nothing, but is it the best password manager for you? We discuss pros, cons, and alternatives worth considering. LastPass has a lot going for it: Many features, good MFA support, handy password tools, emergency access, etc. However, LastPass has many issues to consider. LastPass has a terrible security track record – not something you want from a security service. Go to Wikipedia and read how many incidents they’ve had. In 2022, a hacker breached their corporate vault and stole their users’ vaults. We’ve since discovered that some users vaults are unnecessarily vulnerable to being cracked and LastPass wasn’t encrypting all vault contents (e.g. URLs). Most LastPass clients are closed-source, which hides poor privacy and security practices. We’ve discovered Google trackers in the LastPass iOS app and LastPass collects sensitive data (e.g. location) that other password managers do not. LastPass is also quite expensive relative to alternatives. For privacy, security, and financial reasons, we encourage users to consider KeePass and Bitwarden. Note that we are NOT sponsored by Bitwarden and have no relationship with Bitwarden at the time of publishing this episode. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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Why You Need a Password Manager

If you’re not using a password manager, your passwords, accounts, and data are vulnerable. Do your passwords contain the names of your pet, spouse, or kids? What about phone numbers, dates, travel destinations, sports, or hobbies? Hackers understand how people create passwords and have powerful tools for cracking them. If you’re reusing passwords, you’re at high risk of multiple accounts being breached in a credential stuffing attack. Your passwords need to be unique enough to not be in password dictionaries, which contain billions of passwords. They also need to be strong enough to avoid being brute-forced by devices that can guess millions of passwords per second. If you’re relying on memory, reusing passwords, or storing them insecurely, your passwords are more vulnerable than you think. 80% of data breaches stem from stolen credentials, which demonstrates the extent of this problem. The answer to these problems is creating strong passwords and storing them in a reputable password manager (e.g. KeePass, Bitwarden). Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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