LastPass Quickly Fixes Reported Flaws

I use LastPass to manage all my passwords, and recommend LastPass to my clients and followers.  Often, when I am talking about storing passwords in the cloud, as LastPass does, I get concerned questions about the safety of storing your digital “keys” online.  What happens if LastPass is breached?

Well, the bad news is that they were breached around June 15, 2015.  I remember getting the email alert from them at the time, detailing what had happened and what I, as a client, may have lost (nothing), and what to do next (change your password for safety’s sake.)

I don’t expect cloud services such as LastPass to be perfect, but I do expect them to take due care, and do everything possible to protect my account and resources, whatever they may be.  LastPass meets this standard and in some ways exceeds it.

Recently, LastPass was informed by security researchers of some security weaknesses in their platform, and all they did about it was thank the researchers who discovered these few flaws, and then set about fixing them.  That is really all you can ask for.  And once again Last Pass delivered.

Some of these flaws are serious.  LastPass has offered some tips for a workaround until they get the current issues fixed.

  • Launch sites from inside the Vault, rather than using auto-fill.
  • Turn on two-factor authentication on sites that support 2FA.  Good advice in any regard!

 

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