Unless you have been under a rock today, many news agencies spoke about the LinkedIn loss of user accounts and passwords. Even the local ABC affiliate news website had stories about this issue. So why should you be afraid?
Let's talk first about basic security on the internet. Most everyone uses the same password for all their websites. I even know my own mother does this. I have tried to talk with her about this but there is a problem with most people: they do not want to manage a lot of passwords for all the different sites. I see this with my family and friends and I see this at my job as an IT Professional. While it is easier for people to use one password, it is a danger for security in general to security on the internet. This is what we see in today's announcements. If you have a password that is being used by Internet service A and service B, not matter what they are (banking, e-mail, social networking, etc.), if company A gets hacked, your account at company B could be compromised fairly easy.
You might be asking me "Jared, what can I do?" Well, there are a few things you can do.
There are a lot more I could speak about on passwords and will probably write about again. Take the following action items:
Stay safe online.
I'm totally sold on LastPass as well. I also like the dual authentication option.