With so many hackers out there stealing information, it’s time to really take a look at how you handle your passwords and login practices. These days, a simple word or name is no longer safe. Even if you have a strong, alpha-numeric password with plenty of special characters, you are still subject to man-in-the-middle attacks and keyloggers.
A simple and genius solution for multi-factor authentication is a product called Yubikey a tiny USB device from a company called Yubico. Yubikey provides a unique one-time password, to guard against common password stealing attacks. There are several companies that have partnered up with Yubico to form a community I personally use Lastpass which is part of that community. Lastpass is a password vault that can be used to manage tons of account credentials, including credit card and personal data used when completing forms. As you can imagine, you would want the best possible password for such valuable personal info. For that reason, I use my Yubikey with Lastpass for rock solid security. You can even purchase a Yubikey with a one-year subscription of Lastpass Premium included here. A single Yubikey standard only costs $25, a very affordable price for such a great product.
I will be giving away a Yubikey including a 1-year subscription to Lastpass on June 20, 2012 at 9pm CST. All you need to do is leave a comment, telling me what kind of method you use for creating a secure password (please don’t tell me your password is “password”). You can also copy and share this post via Twitter: “Two Factor Authentication Made Easy With Yubikey” http://goo.gl/Rpbhq #YubikeyRocks
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