LastPass Hacked! What Does This Mean For You?
Recently, LastPass Hacked announced that some of their source code had been stolen. In response to this news, many people are confused about what this means, and if it has any impact on them as LastPass users. While the full extent of the breach has yet to be determined, we’ll discuss what we know so far and what you can do to protect yourself in the meantime.
Always change your passwords
LastPass Hacked confirmed a data breach this morning, in which attackers have stolen some source code, but fortunately, no password database was taken. This means that while they recommend changing your LastPass passwords immediately if you have it installed, those who do not use the service should not feel any urgency.
For those of you who are worried about accounts that are stored within the site and the potential for hackers to see your personal information and then try to log in with those accounts on other sites, remember that LastPass Hacked does not save any of your credentials or password hashes from websites outside of their service.
Change the password on Lastpass (even if you don’t use it)
This LastPass Hacked breach does not affect your locally encrypted data but it could have been a lot worse. This breach means you should change your password on LastPass Hacked, and everywhere else that you might have reused the same or similar passwords. Fortunately, if you are using a strong, unique password with LastPass Hacked, this breach won’t affect you at all.
##Step One – Change your Password on LastPass Hacked
To change your password on LastPass follow these steps: *Login to the LastPass Hacked website *Click My LastPass Vault in the left column of the screen *Select Settings > Security Check under Security Settings and fill out your new desired master password
Once finished click Save Changes in the lower right corner of the page.
Change your master password on your computer
When we found out that the source code for LastPass Hacked had been stolen, our security team looked through it with a fine-tooth comb. And it was a relief when we discovered there was nothing in the stolen files that would allow anyone to piece together individual users’ data. In other words, this hack affected us at a very high level – but thankfully not where users store their passwords and other personal data.
Always enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is now a requirement for every user. A hacker might be able to figure out your master password, but they wouldn’t know your second factor, which makes it nearly impossible to access your account. In the meantime, if you are concerned about this attack and want to reset your LastPass password immediately, you can do that as well with our online form!
Don’t store important details in your password manager
Passwords should never be stored in your password manager! This means that when you sign up to use a password manager like LastPass Hacked, LastPass will never be able to access your account or retrieve any of the information you store inside. You are essentially just permitting them to hold on to your master password for you.
This doesn’t mean your information is being shared with others, it only means that if someone were ever to gain unauthorized access, they would still need your master password to view or change anything. When it comes down to it, attackers don’t hack into the servers themselves- they usually use phishing and social engineering tactics to steal login credentials.
If you did not enable two-factor authentication
One of the features that make LastPass Hacked stand out among password managers is its excellent two-factor authentication, which requires you to verify your identity on a second device in addition to your master password. If you did not enable this feature, then here are some important steps you should take:
1) Change your master password immediately and delete any sensitive information stored on LastPass Hacked.
2) Any new passwords you create should use different criteria like passphrases instead of short words or phrases. These also should be longer than 12 characters and use a mix of numbers, letters, symbols, and case changes. 3) Turn on two-factor authentication right away so that no one else can log into your account without access to both devices simultaneously.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when accessing online accounts
Security experts recommend using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your identity and data from hackers. A VPN encrypts your traffic, making it unreadable to anyone who may try to eavesdrop on or steal information about you. This gives you the ability to keep sensitive data private as you browse online.
You should also be mindful of sites that might have been compromised. Companies that handle sensitive data are usually aware of this before everyone else is and will often send warnings through email or their websites so that no one accesses anything with their accounts. Just because the warning does not up does not mean it’s safe, though! If something doesn’t seem right, move on to a different site with better security practices.
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