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File encryption made easy
Now you've got password-protected files, but what about that password? And what about all your web passwords in general? Many web browsers offer to save your passwords for you, and some even offer a "master password" to protect them all. That's still not all that secure. For a convenient password management system that works on any computer, and any browser, LastPass fits the bill. Your passwords are encrypted but not on your physical computer, which is a nice layer of safety in itself, and LastPass' add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome can be set up to require a similar "master password" -- the only one you'll really need to memorize, or stash deep in your wallet. If you're on any other browser, or a computer other than your own, LastPass lets you log in and grab a bookmarklet to stash on your bookmark toolbar that can automatically fill in passwords or forms, provided you're logged in. Its Windows software can even help find insecure passwords stashed on your system. If you're interested in signing up, or finding out more about the services' own "Host-proof hosting" security, read up on their technology.
Voila! You've got a system that doesn't give up its secrets, and you didn't have to spend your weekend figuring out how to get it that way.
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