Archive for May 17th, 2018

Taking the security challenge: Notes on reviewing and refreshing my Internet accounts

May 17, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
May 17, 2018

Earlier this month, Twitter announced the discovery of a bug in its security software that had caused unencrypted account passwords to be stored en masse on one of the company’s internal servers. Although there was no indication that anyone had exploited this mistake, Twitter recommended that everyone update their password.

I’d made a note on my calendar to update old passwords in mid-May anyway. So I opened up LastPass and began logging in to various services and changing passwords, Twitter among them. This is something I’ve been doing off and on for about two weeks now.

LastPass has a helpful feature called Security Challenge, and I’ve been running it regularly during my password-updating process. Security Challenge evaluates a user’s stored passwords and flags accounts that lack passwords or have passwords that are weak, duplicated (i.e., used on multiple accounts), compromised (that is, involve sites for which serious security flaws have been publicly announced) or old (ones that haven’t been changed for more than a year).

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