LastPass reveals a breach in security: Here is how to change your LastPass Master Password
Today morning, I woke up to an email from LastPass, an online password manager service.
I have been using it for a very long time, maybe more than 5 or 6 years, and use it for all of my online services.
The email reported that LastPass had detected a security breach, on its servers. However, passwords stored inside your LastPass vault, i.e your database is safe. Because, all passwords stored in the vault are encrypted, and cannot be of any use to hackers. So, you need not change those passwords.
However, LastPass says that it will notify all users to change their Master Password, but it also says you only need to change your master password if you get a notice from the service. But it also tells users to change the password, if you have used the same password on any other online service (like social networks, email services, etc).
Nevertheless, you don’t need to wait till you get a notification to change your master password. You can do so just to be safe. But do you know how to change it? It does not require technical skills, you can change it in just a few seconds.
It is always wise to know how to change the Master Password, as it is the key to unlocking your database.
How to change your LastPass Master Password
1. First, you need to get to the Account Settings page. Use one of the following methods to do so:
Click on the icon of LastPass in your browser. Select Preferences, and then on Account Settings and then click on the text which says “Click here to launch Account Settings
LastPass > Preferences > Account Settings > Link
Click on the LastPass icon, and click on “My LastPass vault”. Now on the left pane, click on “My Settings”.
2. Under the “General” tab, you will find an option to “Change Master Password”. Click on it.
3. Now, you will be required to enter your current master password, as well as your new master password. You will be required to enter your master password again, to avoid typos, and finally a password reminder. It is like a security phrase, except there are no questions. You will have to remember the reminder itself.
4. Click on the “Save Master Password” button, and you are all set.
In addition to changing your master password, you can add an extra layer of security by using Multi-Factor authentication. This will allow you to manually authenticate log in attempts, ensuring that your account is safe.