LastPass, Blur, Dashlane, 1Password – hacking password managers?
Here at Abine, we operate Blur, an app to help everyone with their Passwords, Payments, and Privacy. A core part of Blur is its password manager, so, naturally when LastPass announced they were potentially hacked last week, many millions of people started asking questions about password managers:
– Are password managers safe to use?
– Is it really better to use a password manager than just a few common passwords I remember and don’t write down anywhere?
– If hackers can steal my passwords from LastPass, is there any hope any company can keep my data safe?
– Is there anything safe out there, anything convenient? Should I just continue to do what I’ve been doing..?
People want answers – so here is what we believe at Abine, distilled down to a few tweetable bullet points:
1. It’s more important than ever to not re-use the same passwords because there are more hackers out there in 2015 than ever before. Saying this is not just a scare-tactic, it’s true and there is ample evidence out there.
2. Password managers generally make using unique passwords easier and more convenient – and they are getting better and better. Check out Blur’s password generation feature.
3. Abine never stores your unencrypted password data, and Abine never has the ability to de-crypt your passwords. That said, hackers won’t get your passwords even if they get access to the data on our servers.
Different leading password managers like Blur, LastPass, Dashlane, 1Password, and Keeper tend to use different approaches to storing your passwords – check out which one you are most comfortable with before you choose.
At Abine one of our closely held beliefs is that no one can truly secure your data in the cloud so you should give less of your personal data out. This is what Blur lets you do – with Masked Emails, Masked Credit Cards, and more that no other password manager today does. Don’t blame the web sites for getting hacked – it’s going to happen – just make sure the web sites have less of your information so when they get hacked, your account isn’t valuable to the hackers.