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Program Spotlight: LastPass and XMarks

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These programs work with most major browsers although I recommend Chrome

LastPass
- More secure passwords and autofill manager. It encrypts your information unlike the default password managers of browsers. It also alows you to generate and store random passwords so you don't have to use the same password for every website (and as a consequence decrease the safety of the password)
- Access your passwords securely online if needed
- Sync your passwords and autofill through multiple browsers
- Syncing passwords on mobile phones costs $1 a month.

Setup Instructions

First Screen
1) check “install the LastPass plug-in for Internet Explorer”
2) check “Install the LastPass plug-in for Google Chrome and/or Firefox” (dependent upon which browsers you have installed)
3) check “Let me specify additional advanced installation options”

step 1: advanced Install Options
1) Keep everything checked but “Help Improve LastPass”, “Install icon on desktop”, and “install icon on quick launch bar”

step 2: create your account
1) choose a good password, this password will be used by last pass to log you into every site
2) check all boxes

after account creation
1) check “Yes, let me choose which items I want to import into LastPass”
2) Import Everything
3) Remove all Unsecured

Done! (well, not yet)
1) check “Automatically log me out of Lastpass” (or you can keep yourself logged in if you trust no one else is using your computer)
2) check “do not set LastPass Vault as my homepage”

Tweaking the Settings

preferences
click on the icon in your browser and press “preferences”

general
- check “Automatically Logoff when all browsers are closed... for (mins)” and input 10 minutes
- check “Automatically Logoff after idle (mins)” and input 30 minutes
advanced
- check “Warn before filling insecure forms”
- uncheck “Share login state between other browsers”

Password Management

Tidying Up
At this point you should have all passwords saved that were already saved on your browser. Time to tidy up

Go to your LastPass vault by clicking on the Lastpass icon in your browser and and pressing the ‘My LastPass vault” button

Feel free to add any sites you want to, clean up the names of websites, and put them in groups for easy access. For websites that don’t have your important information, feel free to check “AutoLogin” under the specific website’s management page in the vault. As long as you are logged into LastPass, it will automatically log you into that website when you go to it ensuring that you don’t have to check “remain logged into this site” on any sites.

Securing Important Passwords
If you frequent any Shopping/Banking/Financial sites that have your credit card information, it is recommended to secure your password

Go to the respective website, go to the change password section, and when you get asked to set your new password do the following:
1) Click on your LastPass icon and select “Tools”
2) While you have the “New Password” field selected on your website, press the “Generate Secure Password” button
3) Make sure the “Show Advanced Options” box is checked
4) Make the password length at least 20, or the maximum that the password says it can be on the website
5) Make sure that “A-Z”, “a-z”, and “0-9” are checked, most websites don’t accept “Special” characters.
6) Minimum Digit Count should be set to anywhere between 1-5
7) Leave “Avoid Ambiguous Characters” unchecked
8) Make sure that “Require Every Character Type” is checked
9) Finally, after all of these settings are out of the way, simply press the generate button a few times, press copy, and paste the password to the new password field if it is not automatically input
10) LastPass will ask you if you want to save the new login information, accept
11) In the website managment screen, ensure that “Require Password Reprompt” is checked for the more sensitive website

* note, generated passwords will show up in your lastpass vault until you delete them just in case something happens to the saved website information

Autofill
Like the passwords, the autofill information is encrypted and only unencrypted when you supply the password

1) Press the LastPass icon in your browser
2) Press “Fill Forms”
3) Press “Add Profile”
4) ensure “Require Password Reprompt” is checked
5) Feel free to make autofill profiles like “formal”, “informal”, etc.

When you need to autofill a form, simply press the “LastPass” icon in your browser, select “Fill Forms”, and select which profile to use.

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XMarks
- XMarks is owned by the same company as LastPass
- Secure encrypted storage of bookmarks
- Access your bookmarks securely from their website online if needed
- Sync your bookmarks through multiple browsers (and even on your mobile phone)

Installation

1) Create an account on their website
2) Install Xmarks

After you install XMarks...

xmarks account
select “Yes: Log me in”
XMarks will ask you if you want to log in, accept (or enter the information manually)

Initial Sync
select “Merge bookmarks with server, starting with the server” and sync

Setting up XMarks
press the XMarks icon in your browser

“Sync” tab
- check only “Bookmarks”
- check “Enable Automatic Synchronization”

“Profiles” tab
make profiles if (for example):
- you have different bookmarks for different browsers
- you have sensitive bookmarks you don’t want to sync to all browser that have you logged into XMarks

“Advanced” tab
- For Encryption select “Encrypt All”
- Uncheck “Enable logging” unless you watn a log of your bookmark useage
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I see more and more people use this, I might check it out after all.

Thanks for the right up.
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Thanks, I hope it helps
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Lastpass is great and the add on work for firefox, chrome and opera.
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