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Dropbox Will Make You Change Your Password If You Haven't Since 2012

If you’ve been using Dropbox for over four years and you haven’t changed your password since then, then two things are true. One, you haven’t been reading Lifehacker very long. More importantly, two: Dropbox is about to make you change it.

Password Strength Meters Still Aren't Trustworthy

When you make a new account for any sort of web site or service, there’s usually a helpful-looking meter to tell how strong the password you came up with is. Don’t listen to those meters.

The Beginner's Guide To Setting Up LastPass

You know you’re supposed to use a password manager. In fact, you’ve been meaning to set one up for a long time, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Even popular ones, like LastPass, seem like a pain to set up. Good news: Getting started with a password manager is easier than you think.

How Hackers Get Your Passwords In Non-Technical Ways, And What To Do About It

We all know the limitations of strong passwords, or of reusing passwords, but the most common ways passwords are stolen are the simplest, and the least technical. This video from The Media Show explains how those methods work and what you can do about it (using puppets, too).

1Password Launches Subscription Plans For $4 Per Month

1Password, one of the most popular password managers available, has announced a new subscription plan for individual users. The plan runs $US2.99 ($4)/month and is available for the first six months for free.

Why Complex Password Requirements Don't Necessarily Make You Safer

We already know that most users’ clever passwords aren’t protecting them from hackers. It turns out that the complex password requirements most sites ask you for aren’t doing as much to help either.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Sucks At Password Security: Accounts Hacked

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pintrest accounts have been hacked and the password he used for both those services was beyond stupid. It’s a bit ironic given how Facebook pushes its users to take password protection seriously. Here are the details.

There Must Be Smarter Security Than A Ban On 'Dumb' Passwords

In cyberspace we are facing password fatigue, caused by having to recall (seemingly) endless streams of (apparently) unrelated numbers and letters at odd times. One answer is to make those passwords longer and more incomprehensible. The logic here is that people have an unlimited capacity to remember such things, or perhaps they have an unquenchable desire to write passwords on yellow post-it notes. Why do we want or need passwords at all?

Ask LH: What Happens If I Use Two-Factor Authentication And Lose My Phone?

Dear Lifehacker, My work wants me to enable two-factor authentication on my phone, but it seems risky. What happens if I lose my phone? Will I lose my entire account? And if I change phones, how do I move the authenticator to a new device?

Ask LH: How Do I Turn Off Passwords In Windows 10?

Dear Lifehacker, I am seeking your assistance because Lifehacker always has a REAL solution when others don’t. My question is — how do I disable the password prompt in Windows 10 after my laptop wakes up from sleep mode? Hopefully you have one. If not, at least let me know that this is an issue with the OS.

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