Going more secure…

I have been trying to secure our digital life more and more these days. Most folks forget that it was until recently, think 2013, when Snowden revealed much of what we now know about various surveillance programs, most websites didn’t use HTTPS for anything other than purchases. Obviously, this this changed drastically and now you’d be hard-pressed to find a site which does not encrypt its communications with the user.

So for this reason I want to share our path towards evermore stringent security.

As a 21st century family, we make heavy use of Evernote. It’s a way to store and share information. And while communication between your device and evernote servers is encrypted, as you know, if a bad actor got access to your device he/she would have full access to all of your data, not to mention of Evernote servers were hacked. We used to keep (yes, pretty dumb) very sensitive information in Evernote. From passports to usernames, to passwords, you name it… everything.

So yes, dumb, but tell me what other service provides you the ability to store sensitive information in a secure way and the ability to share? We could encrypt it using GPG and store and share on Evernote, but that can get complicated amongst the entire family (GrandMa included).

The solution was LastPass family service. LastPass family is basically a water-down version of their enterprise offering. The best way to view it is as a discounted premium subscription at a cost of $0.66 per user (with a maximum of 6). For me, it’s costing me more like $1.00 per user per month because I only have 4 people in my family that can make use of it.

So why go with LastPass family vs just LastPass premium, other than the savings (I was already paying for two premium subscriptions), folder sharing.

Just like Evernote, you can create a folder/notebook, that you can use to share any type of data amongst users. You can share text and files (though the files needs to be enclosed as part of a note, just like on Evernote) and give access permissions to various members of the “family”.

Most people are used to LastPass on their browser, as an add-on, but they also offer an application for your computer, which makes the transition much easier.

So far, what I have moved over is anything that is sensitive. Passwords were already in LastPass since a few years back, but objects like passport photos, financial information, birth certificates, etc, have been imported into LastPass family.

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