Mention data security to anyone and the first thought is likely about password hygiene. You know, that thing where we should all have unique passwords for. Every. Single. Account. Yeah, we can hear the collective groan of everyone reading this. We’re sorry to say that it’s absolutely true that you should have different passwords for each of those accounts. Luckily, there are password managing services out there, like LastPass, which take away the pesky task of having to remember approximately 12 million different passwords to every account you create. LastPass is a leader in password management, and for good reason.

Having a password management tool like LastPass is hugely superior to password storage on your browser. As it turns out, storing your passwords on your browser is actually not all that secure. All someone would have to do is gain access to your computer (either physically or remotely) in order to get into your accounts. You wouldn’t want someone logging into your Minecraft and nosediving our high scores, after spending countless hours shedding (virtual) blood, sweat and tears.

The great features offered by LastPass are extensive. It can be used across multiple devices (think: your phone, iPad, laptop): gone is the headache of opening up your work laptop to check your Netflix password for your phone. Nope, it’s already there. You can also share passwords with colleagues if you need to both work in the same account. LastPass even has a secure password generator; no need to go down the list of obscure bands you were into in your high school years.

LastPass also offers an Emergency Access feature. Once this feature is activated (which can be done through your profile settings), your named Emergency Contact will be able to access your account. You receive an email notification if an Emergency Contact requests accesses your account. If you don’t respond to that email within a set number of days, they are given access to your account and all of your passwords. Perhaps it’s not something you’ve thought of before, but it’s a handy feature nonetheless, and one that makes LastPass even more enticing.

In addition to secure password storage, LastPass also offers up to 1 GB of encrypted file storage. Premium users are able to create folders and edit access, while free users can only accept and view those folders. Enterprise customers will also have access to MFA services.

All it takes is a simple plug-in on your browser and a download of the app, and then, just like that, all of your password woes are gone. It’s one less thing to worry about, and these days, it’s worthwhile to take all of the relief that we can get. Portland Internetworks is happy to be the first LastPass partner in Oregon, and are able to pass along the benefits of our partnership to our customers. Drop us a line if you want to learn more about password security, LastPass, or reaching the top score in Minecraft.