LastPass and its competitor 1Password are all about ensuring that users have safe and secure passwords across all of their services. At the moment, those without fantastic memories have a couple of options when it comes to passwords. Firstly, they can choose a common password for all their services, to make it easier to remember their login details. The issue with this is obvious: If one service gets breached, users potentially have all of their accounts compromised. The other solution is to use complex passwords but keep a record of them. This is also suboptimal, as said record can be compromised

LastPass attempts to provide another option by offering a centralized password store. The solution, which has been in existence for a number of years, offers a host of functionality beyond a password vault. It can generate secure passwords for services, has user profile information that can be used to auto-complete web forms and also has a security test and automated password updating to further secure users. LastPass itself is secured by a master password, the beauty of the system being that users only need to remember one main password, and because there is only one password to remember,…

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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