In today’s digital world, data breaches are becoming more and more common, and LastPass is the latest company to be affected.
LastPass, a popular password manager that stores customers’ passwords and other secrets, confirmed that hackers stole its encrypted customer vaults during a data breach earlier this year.
Last week, LastPass reminded customers, “We recently told you that an unauthorized party got into a third-party cloud-based storage service that LastPass uses to store archived copies of our production data.”
Customers’ password vaults, according to LastPass, are encrypted and can only be unlocked with the customer’s master password, which is known only to the customer.
However, the company warned that the intruders “may attempt to use brute force to guess your master password and decrypt the copies of vault data they took.”
This warning means that your existing LastPass vault is probably safe, but you should make sure you have a master password that is long and random so it’s difficult for hackers to guess.
If you suspect that your LastPass password vault has been compromised. For example, if your master password is weak or you’ve used it elsewhere, you should start changing the passwords in your vault.
Change the most important passwords first, such as those for your email, cell phone, banking, and social media accounts. Then work your way down the priority list. Hackers can use your email and cell phone account to take over your 2-factor authentication, so you must start with those passwords first.
Data breaches in the digital age can have devastating effects.
LastPass is the latest victim of an attack, and customers should protect their accounts.
Strong master passwords, regular changes, and two-factor authentication are the best ways to do this. With these steps, your data is safer now and in the future.
As technology evolves, so must our online security methods.
Vigilance is vital.
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