Join Suzanna Kaye for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a complex master password, part of Learning LastPass Password Management.
- A password is only as strong as your memory. If you've forgotten your password, then it's of no use to you any more. Creating strong passwords is the key to your online security. I'll go over a few tricks to create and remember a complex master password. First, what is a strong, complex password? For a truly strong password, you should have most, if not all, of these elements. The maximum allowable characters, which is the combination of letters, numbers and symbols. This is most often eight.
At least one capital letter, and preferably not as the first letter. At least one number, at least one symbol, and avoid the most often used exclamation point and hashtag and the other top number key symbols. But opt instead for the lesser used greater than sign, end bracket. No words or names found in the dictionary, not even in foreign dictionaries. And no personal or common names, dates or numbers. The best passwords have all of the above and are nonsense words or phrases.
Words or phrases you can't find in a dictionary or in normal language, not even in foreign languages. For example, t>&p0btC. How do you create and remember a password like this? My trick is to think of a quote, lyric, or phrase, I can easily remember and base it on that. In this example, I based it on the phrase, "The great and powerful Oz behind the curtain", from the Wizard of Oz books and movie.
This is how I converted it. "The" is the t, "great" is the greater than sign, "and" is the & symbol, "powerful" is the p, "Oz" is the zero, I replaced the O in Oz with a zero, which works in this case because it's a nonsense word, "behind" is b, "the" is t, and "curtain" is capital C. I chose this word to be the capital because when I say the phrase in my head, I place the emphasis on the world curtain.
That leads to a very strong password. t>&p0btC Combine this with two factor authentication, which I talk about in a later movie, and change your password at least monthly, and you have a powerhouse of security protecting you.
First, learn how to set up and use LastPass on desktops, phones, and tablets; upload existing passwords and generate new ones; organize data; and work with identities and Secure Notes. Then discover how to share logins and folders with others, sync data, use the LastPass Tab and LastPass Wallet apps, and understand best practices for adjusting LastPass security settings and alerts.
- Creating a complex master password
- Creating a LastPass account
- Installing LastPass
- Uploading logins
- Using form fill profiles and secure notes
- Sharing logins
- Adjusting security settings
- Auditing your security with LastPass
- Backing up and syncing LastPass data
Skill Level Beginner
Q: My screen doesn't match the LastPass interface shown in the course. What changed?
- The order of the items in the left-hand menu is slightly different, and Settings was renamed Account Settings.
- The folder icons in the vault have a slightly different look.
- The security login option for grid authentication is no longer offered in the Account Settings' Security tab; it is only in the Multifactor tab.
- The security keyboard is no longer a grey button under the login, but a keyboard icon within the password box.
- Menus in the Tools menu open a bit differently, though all items are in the same order and have the same names.
- The popup box to share a login has a slightly different look and no longer shows the option of sharing a password only or a full login.
- In the top menu, they added a Credit Monitoring option and moved the Tutorials option to the left-side menu.
- When adding a login, the Add to Favorites option is now at the top of the dialogue box and the other settings are accessed by clicking a link at the bottom called Advanced Settings. Previously, they were always visible.