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It’s not easy to generate strong passwords How to Generate Strong Passwords That Match Your Personality How to Generate Strong Passwords That Match Your Personality Without a strong password you could quickly find yourself on the receiving end of a cyber-crime. One way to create a memorable password could be to match it to your personality. Read More for all your apps and services and remember them all.

Most people know you shouldn’t be saving all your passwords in an Excel file on your hard drive, so instead, they use simple and easy-to-remember passwords. Ironically, you can make a case that using the same weak password for all of your accounts is even worse than using an unprotected Excel file!

The solution, of course, is to use a password manager 7 Clever Password Manager Superpowers You Have to Start Using 7 Clever Password Manager Superpowers You Have to Start Using Password managers carry a lot of great features, but did you know about these? Here are seven aspects of a password manager you should take advantage of. Read More . One of the most popular is LastPass, but there are plenty of alternatives 5 Best LastPass Alternatives to Manage Your Passwords 5 Best LastPass Alternatives to Manage Your Passwords Many people consider LastPass to be the king of password managers; it's packed with features and boasts more users than any of its competitors -- but it's far from being the only option! Read More out there.

But just logging all of your weak passwords in LastPass isn’t enough. Your accounts will still be vulnerable. To ensure all your account passwords are rock solid, why not make use of LastPass’s built-in password generator?

Generating a Secure Password With LastPass

If you’re using the LastPass browser extension, generating a secure password is easy.

First, expand the extension’s options by clicking on the extension’s icon. Then, select Generate Secure Password to launch the tool. By default, LastPass offers you a 12-character code. However, to make your password rock solid, you need to adjust the parameters.

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Click on Advanced Options, and you can refine the password. You can set the length, whether to use non-letters (such as exclamation marks and percentage signs), and specify the minimum amount of numbers to include.

There are also settings which will make your password more memorable (if slightly weaker). They include the ability to make the new code pronounceable, whether to include uppercase and lowercase letters, and whether to avoid ambiguous characters (such as a lowercase “L” and an uppercase “I”).

To access the same tool from your LastPass account, go to More Options > Advanced > Generate Secure Password.

Have you spent the time to ensure all your passwords are extra secure? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. ReadandShare
    August 8, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Actually, LastPass kind of forces 2FA on you...

    I travel abroad regularly - losing a phone or tablet is not unheard of. I patently refuse to use 2FA! I found out the hard way that LP forces that on you, anyway!

    Last year, I lost my device to pick pocketers on a trip abroad. I needed to access my email, using my hotel's "business center" desktops. After entering my LP password ("the only password you need to memorize") -- LP refused to give access; it said I was logging in from an "unusual" location. It insisted that I input my cell number or email addy so it could give me a one-time code to enter for verification!

    My cell number, of course, was useless since the phone was gone. And accessing my email to retrieve the code? That's what LP was supposed to be for!

    Lesson learned. There are really TWO passwords to memorize: LP and email.

    • Oron
      August 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      You are absolutely right! I knew someone who was caught up in a similar scenario when travelling abroad, and was caught up in the same situation on _all_ his mail accounts (all were Microsoft accounts) so that resetting by sending an email etc was not possible. When he returned to the UK, he tried, with my help, to contact Microsoft but for all his efforts he was never able to restore any of his accounts. Too much security can also be a bad thing!

    • Manase
      August 10, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      That's sounds terrible. Not to sound self-serving but an online password manager like Pixelock.com (which I use) is accessible from anywhere and on any device so long as you have internet access. So in your case, you could've had easy access from the hotel's desktops.
      Lesson learned indeed though...

  2. Jean-Francois Messier
    August 4, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Also, and very importantly, use a two-factor authentication. Either use Google Authenticator or other device, but make sure that two-factor authentication is enabled, and do not authenticate, and check "good for 30 days" unless this is a desktop computer that remains in a secured area (Home) or locked office room. It's a bit of a pain to use for example everyday on your office PC, or on a laptop you carry outside, but it's worth the trouble..............................

    • Michael Klahr
      August 4, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Recently my smart phone died completely what do I do with two-factor authentication in that case. I will be unable to get into those critical sites that I need to.

      • Jean-Francois Messier
        August 4, 2017 at 6:43 pm

        I use the Google Authenticator, which is based on a shared secret and the current time. I use this on five services, including LastPass and Google. In all cases, they were providing me with a QR Code to scan. What I do is keep a secured backup copy of the QR codes. If my cell phone dies (or is lost), I can re-enter the QR codes from the secured backup. As well, I run those codes on two different devices, my home tablet which never leaves home and my cell phone. Some might say (rightfully) that this shared secret is stored in another location, thus decreasing the safety of the secret, but if this location is well secured, the safety would not be decreased, while preserving the integrity of the shared secret.

        • ReadandShare
          August 8, 2017 at 4:34 am

          Curious, is your backup copy written on a sheet of paper? Also, do you have your Google account/password memorized - in addition to your LP account/password?

        • Jean-Francois Messier
          August 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

          ReadandShare: Yes, I remember the passwords for both Google and LastPass. Those are complex passwords, but I only have two of those to remember. I realize this is not something that everyone can/will do. But at some point, long time ago, I had a long complex password and I could not change it, and as I was using it several times every day, it was in my memory, and will remain there as long as I use it. Same for my office passwords (different ones, of course).