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National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM): Use LastPass to store and manage your passwords
October 31, 2017
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a great time to make sure your digital life is secure. IS&T is publishing security-related blog posts throughout the month: topics will range from phishing tips and tricks, to tips for securing your network-capable printer, to overviews of LastPass and CrashPlan. Read on and play it safe!

You probably know that you should create strong and unique passwords for each website or application that requires one. The problem is, it’s difficult to remember all those long, strong passwords. Writing them down or having your browser remember them are very bad ideas, from a security perspective.

The solution? A password manager, software that helps you generate unique, strong passwords, securely stores them all in one place, and easily retrieves them when needed. You only need to remember one master password to access them all.

Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) offers LastPass Enterprise to the MIT community free of charge. This password manager securely stores of all your passwords in the cloud in an encrypted format.

LastPass offers several useful features, enabling you to:

  • Generate strong, unique passwords for each website
  • Fill in passwords at a website’s login page with the press of a button
  • Access your passwords on your computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Store data such as your driver’s license, passport, and insurance card numbers through Secure Notes
  • Reset your master password if you add a phone number to your account.

When you register for a LastPass Enterprise account through MIT, you’ll also be able to:

  • Securely share passwords with MIT colleagues and teams
  • Access your personal and Enterprise accounts through a single login
  • Double down on security through Duo Two-Factor Authentication.

Sign up and support resources

To register for a LastPass Enterprise account, see the Knowledge Base (KB) article: How do I sign up for MIT’s LastPass Service? For more information, visit IS&T’s LastPass Enterprise page or the LastPass FAQ in the KB.

LastPass offers its own online Support Center with extensive FAQs. You can also watch several short video tutorials on topics ranging from Meet your LastPass Vault to Creating Secure Notes.

If you have questions about LastPass, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at 617-253-1101 or servicedesk@mit.edu. You can also submit a request online.