With all the hackers out there & cyberattacks… I am trying a new strategy to keep my passwords safe.
What I’ve decided to do is change my Bitwarden master password, it’s so long now 30+ characters lower case upper case numbers symbols etc…that now I can’t remember it.
So, I have done the following, so I don’t get locked out.
1, I changed on my Chromebook the way I log in to my Bitwarden now I use the >>> “with pin”<< instead of password so much easier to remember & log in.
I’m also able to log into Bitwarden with my mobile device with my fingerprint / password and I can see my master password there in my secure notes. Hopefully this would be a great 2 nd way to “get in” should I not be able to on my Chromebook.
as an example the other day when my chromebook booted up Bitwarden wanted my master password instead of my PIN number I don’t know why because I have it set to unlock with pin and not require master password on reboot but somehow someway it wanted my password so it was a little difficult to get in I went on my mobile device, found the master password there and with great patients typed all 30+ characters & logged in to Bitwarden on my Chromebook that way.
This login issue with Pin/ password happened only once. I use the Bitwarden Chromebook extension & have for a long time no issues so far except that one time.
2, I have an encrypted exported .csv file of my passwords stored in Dropbox with 2 fa & file lock & encrypted .csv files that I update monthly with any new passwords. Worse case scenario, If I can’t get in, I can “start over” and import my passwords and begin again.
3, I also have LastPass and set it up identically to my Bitwarden account. With my LastPass I also have a 30 + character master password which obviously I can’t remember, but IF I can get into my Bitwarden with the 8 digit PIN I can look for my LastPass password then copy and paste the password and login to my last pass this way I don’t need to remember that master password for LastPass.
Also, the way my LastPass is configured, I can login with my mobile device if needed, and it’s heavily secured with fingerprints & A PIN number. And I can reset my LastPass master password and change my pin via my mobile device that way if needed.
I can also look for my Bitwarden password that is in my LastPass & get back into Bitwarden that way should I not be able to “get into my Bitwarden,”
3, I also have it written down and put it in my safe my master password to Bitwarden and LastPass,
although I’m not real happy with that idea. I tried to disguise it by not saying that it’s my Bitwarden password, but I will know what it is.
Does anybody else have really long Master passwords that are impossible to remember, if so how do you handle remembering it?
Also, this is probably for another thread, but I’m curious what everybody thinks of biometric fingerprint security on a mobile device?
I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and I was told that’s one of the best devices for fingerprint security?
It’s so convenient to press your finger to get into something, making it easier than putting in a password.
I sure don’t want to let convenience though create a security issue.
This is the first time that I’ve had a master password so long for my Bitwarden / LastPass account that I can’t remember them
I figured for safety reasons, it’s probably best to have a 30 + character Master login password.
It’s going on 2 weeks now since I did that 30+ character master password change, other than the one time password/pin hiccup I have had no issues logging into Bitwarden or LastPass on my Chromebook.
I’ve never had any issues with my mobile device, it works all the time every time.
Also, I use two-step authentication on anything that I can, when its offered I use it. I use Authy.
I have recently changed all my passwords, they are as long as possible. Some are 35 + characters hard to crack I hope!
I have a 100% security score according to LastPass. & I want to keep it that way.
FYI>> Bitwarden is my go-to password manager, I only have last- pass as a backup.
Both have very long Master passwords and both have 2FA enabled.
I use 2FA on my Bitwarden as well as my LastPass I use Authy.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.