I had no trouble populating the two fields with LastPass when clicking the icon inside the Username/Email input or when using the show/hide button. It looks cleaner than my option, and I'm not sure having a clickable LastPass icon in the Password field is necessary after the previous field. Jul 10, 2020 If you disable the autofill feature, you’ll have to click the LastPass icon in a password field and click your username to fill your saved information. You’ll only do this when trying to sign in, so this should protect your credentials from being scooped up. You’re no longer spraying them all over every page.
In any business, there’s individual contributors, managers and leadership. The bigger the organization you have, the more layers you have between the individual employee and executive leadership. This distinction applies to access and credentials as well. Some employees and leaders may have access to specific data sets, others may not, and the levels of access rights can even vary by team and hierarchy throughout the company.
As you can see, access can get complicated quickly, especially when you’re dealing with highly sensitive data in matrixed organizations. Privileged access management (PAM) technologies are designed to simplify the access management for privileged accounts to ensure that only designated users are able to access the company’s most sensitive data. The solutions do this through password vaulting, recording and auditing privileged sessions, and managing access to privileged accounts to name a few functionalities.
However, privileged accounts are also referred to as “the keys to the kingdom” because they are an ideal target for cybercriminals. The executive leadership team is one example of a privileged account, as they have the highest levels of access in the enterprise. As a result, the privileged accounts require the highest levels of security as well.
The Privileged Account Management for the Financial Services Sector Report
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a part of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), recently published a draft version of the Privileged Account Management for the Financial Services Sector report with new guidelines aimed to increase the security of privileged accounts. Among those guidelines were password management practices, which included:
- PC.Am.B.3: Elevated privileges (e.g., administrator privileges) are limited and tightly controlled (e.g., assigned to individuals, not shared, and require stronger password controls).
- PC.Am.B.7: Access controls include password complexity and limits to password attempts and reuse.
NIST also included a variety of secure password management scenarios in the report spanning not displaying passwords to users, to changing passwords after each privileged session as security recommendations.
Strengthening Privileged Access Management Through Secure Password Management
NIST’s recommendations for increasing privileged access security through strong password management practices are spot on. Passwords, if not managed securely, can open the risk of exposing sensitive business data. And when dealing with privileged accounts especially, the risk of exposing that data can be detrimental to the business.
The report also calls out enterprise password managers as a way to enhance the security of privileged accounts. Our recent Global Password Security Report even found that when businesses first invest in password management, they have a Security Score of 26/100. After the first year alone of leveraging an enterprise password manager, the average Security Score increased by 15 points.
Recommendations for Managing Privileged Credentials with LastPass
Investing in password management won’t only help increase security, for privileged accounts or otherwise, but can also make the NIST’s password recommendations a little easier. Here are a few ways LastPass can help manage privileged credentials:
- Shared Folders: LastPass offers you the option to securely share folders among your teams. You can store privileged credentials in a Shared Folder within your Vault and only share the folder with necessary users at the time they need privileged access. You can even customize the sharing permissions such as hiding the passwords on a folder, group, or individual basis in addition to restricting access at the site level, per user, even in the same Shared Folder. The Shared Folder functionality helps ensure that only the right users have the right access.
- Role-Based Permissions: LastPass includes 4 levels of user roles including Users, Helpdesk Admin, Admin, and Super Admin to distinguish between the different levels of access across your organization. As an administrator of LastPass, you will be able to assign each of your users to one of these roles. Each role has its own level of access, so for users in your organization who require privileged access, you have the option to assign them to a role with higher access, such as an Admin role. In addition, you can customize the roles to offer a specific privileged credential to a certain user without giving them access to every single privileged credential stored in your vault.
- Password Rotation: LastPass also enables you to rotate passwords via the command line application. Leveraging the terminal on Mac, Linux and Windows using Cygwin, you can access, add, modify and delete entries in your Vault all on the terminal.
LastPass can help make NIST’s password management recommendations for securing privileged accounts a reality. All in LastPass, you can implement stronger password controls, hide passwords when sharing with users, receive insights on password reuse within your organization, implement role-based permissions and more all to secure the “keys to your kingdom.”
You’ve probably heard that you should never share passwords. And as a general rule, that’s good advice to follow. Passwords are the keys that unlock access to everything we do online, so you want to be smart about keeping them safe and private.
But the reality is that we often need to share passwords with spouses, family, friends, coworkers, business partners, caretakers, and others. So when faced with the need to share passwords, here’s some tips on how to share them securely with the help of LastPass.
Why would you share passwords?
It goes without saying that you only want to share passwords with people you trust, and to minimize any risk when you do. There are several reasons why you might need to share passwords, including:
- Shared video streaming and other entertainment accounts, like a shared family Netflix, iTunes or Hulu account
- Paying bills or the mortgage
- Managing joint bank accounts or credit cards
- Ordering through shared shopping accounts like Amazon Prime or Peapod
- Online health portals for managing family doctor’s appointments and records
- Digital storage in Google Drive or Dropbox for family photos or documents
- A WiFi password shared among a family or roommates
And there are countless other scenarios where you might need to share passwords with others. The way we live and work nowadays means it’s likely inevitable we will all need to share a password with someone at some point.
So how can you ensure that when you do need to share a password, you can do so securely without jeopardizing your privacy or personal assets?
Sharing passwords, the secure way
There are a few important strategies to keep in mind when sharing passwords.
Make sure any password you share is a unique, strong password.
Where Does Lastpass Store Passwords
It’s pretty common for people to use a single password, or variations of a single password, for all of their online accounts. While this certainly helps with remembering your passwords, it’s very risky from a security perspective. It makes it so much easier for hackers and opportunists to break into your online accounts.
When you need to share a password, it’s smart to use a generated password that you don’t use for any other account. Why? If for some reason that person turns out be not-so-trustworthy, you won’t have given them access to all your other online accounts and need to worry about updating your password everywhere. Or what if that person has an infected computer? If some circumstance leads to the compromise of that one password, it won’t lead to the compromise of all your passwords. Using a separate, unique password for the account will minimize any damage.
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Share passwords through a password manager, where they’re encrypted.
A password manager is simply a digital service that helps you lock up and encrypt your passwords, and you only remember one master password. The password manager remembers all the rest, which makes it easy to have a different strong password for each account. A password manager like LastPass also has a secure password sharing feature built in so that you can easily send passwords in an encrypted format to someone else. You don’t have to rely on insecure methods of sharing passwords, like through email, texting, or writing them down.
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Sharing a password with LastPass
Sharing a password in LastPass is easy. Due to the way the secure encryption works, both you and the person you’re sharing with need to be LastPass users. We’ll help your recipient get started if they don’t yet have an account.To share a password, just go to your LastPass Vault and search for the item you want to share. When you hover over the website entry in your Vault, click the “Share” icon. Now enter the email address of your recipient, and just click share!Now you both have the same password syncing to your vault, and you both can access that account at any time. Any changes made to that shared item are synced automatically to the other person, too.In the Sharing Center, you can review any sites that you’ve shared with others, or that others have shared with you. You can revoke the share at any time if you no longer want the other person to have access to a given password. You can also share passwords from the Sharing Center at any time.
Sharing multiple passwords with LastPass
What if you have several passwords you need to share with the same person, or a group of people? That’s where the LastPass Shared Folder is handy. A feature of LastPass Premium, the Shared Folder allows you to easily sync many passwords with one or more people. In your Vault, you can right-click on a folder name to share an entire folder of logins with one or more people.Or, you can open the Sharing Center, and in the “Manage Shared Folders” view you can click the Add button to create and share a new Folder.In the vault, you can drag and drop sites or notes into a Shared Folder at any time. Any changes you make to the folder or to the items in the folder are synced automatically to everyone who was given access to the folder. Access can be revoked any time from the Sharing Center.
If you work on a team where you need lots of Shared Folders, we suggest looking into LastPass Enterprise, our password management solution for teams that has even more extensive sharing features.
Taking the pain out of password sharing
Thanks to built-in password sharing features in LastPass, password sharing doesn’t have to be a pain. The next time your spouse or roommate asks if you can remind them of the password to an account, you can just send it to them safely through LastPass. You’ll have more peace of mind knowing that your passwords are strong and encrypted, while the other person benefits from always having that shared password on hand when they need it, too.
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