Do LastPass Issues Point to Concerns Storing Passwords in the Cloud?
We’ve seen a number of cloud security related issues of late. Today’s company dealing with the issues is LastPass. Recently it was Amazon and Sony. Actually Sony still is dealing with the issues. LastPass, as we posted this morning, is dealing with a potential hack that might have compromised users passwords. I say might have, but LastPass is forcing users to change their master password, and apparently having trouble handling the load. That’s based on this updated post from the LastPass blog:
Record traffic, plus a rush of people to make password changes is more than we can currently handle.We’re switching tactics — if you’ve made the password change already we’ll handle you normally.If you haven’t the vast majority of you will be logged in using ‘offline’ mode so you can still use LastPass like normal and get back to your day, only syncing of new password should suffer (and you’ll see the bar).As load lowers we’ll increase the percentage of people being sent through email validation / password changing.For people experience problems please email us at [email protected] — we have seen a few reports of bogus data post change, we think this is due to you downloading a stale copy and if you go to LastPass Icon -> Clear Local Cache and try again it should work.You can access your data via LastPass in offline mode or by downloading LastPass Pocket : https://lastpass.com/misc_download.php (choose your OS)
- If you have a significant other do you share passwords with each other? What happens if one or the other of you has an accident (heaven forbid) and you need access to accounts or the like?
- Do your parents have passwords for their accounts? Do they share them with you or another sibling?
- If you use 1Password or LastPass or another solution do you have your data files backed up somewhere else other than on the machine(s) you use frequently?
- How often do you change your passwords? Is this routine or only after you see some story about a hack or security breakdown?
- If you’re in a small office or company, does your office have a password or security policy? We qualify as a small company and we have two people who are designated to be the keepers of passwords for computers, the network, and companies we do business with online. We update those lists about every quarter, which is when we change passwords as well.
- Are you an assistant or a secretary to a superior at work? Do they let you or require you to use their passwords for their personal or business accounts?