The CEO of LastPass has now confirmed that hackers can gain access to customer password vaults. We have followed this story since the initial breach they experienced earlier in the year, where hackers broke in and stole the source code for their main products. This breach is severe and will have far-reaching consequences for many people. If you are a user of Lastpass, you need to do the following:
- Change your master password now. You have to assume that hackers can log in to your password vault, so the first thing to do is change your password.
- Change all of the passwords for any accounts that are using Lastpass. If hackers have been able to gain access to your password vault, they could have access to all of your other passwords. I am sorry for asking you to do this; this is the only way to ensure you are safe.
How to set a strong password
I recommend using a passphrase instead of a password, as this is the most secure and easier to remember. You could use a favourite lyric from a song. For example, we will take the song Jingle Bells. To make this a secure password, we will mix upper and lower-case letters and change some letters to numbers and symbols.
Example Password = J1ngl3b3ll$
In all cases, please remember the following:
– At least or more than ten characters
– A mix of numbers, symbols, and upper and lower case letters
– Use a unique password for every account
– Never use ‘easy to guess’ words like pet names, cars, favourite movies, or sports teams.
Please pass this message on to anyone who is using Lastpass. Many people are unaware of this breach, so please share this advice with anyone you think might be affected.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team