I started using Siber System’s RoboForm Password Manager in 2007 after a colleague recommended it. I tried their free version briefly and then happily shelled out $20 for a license. Since then, I’ve had different passwords on sites and have increasingly made them more complex over the years. When I decided to leave RoboForm, mostly due to wanting better mobile applications and a distaste for their subscription model, I test drove both LastPass and 1Password. Ultimately, I ended up with 1Password and still feel like it was the right decision. I liked their integration and over time, their one-time license fee is a better bargain than paying a subscription fee annually. Read more
With the birth of our son a year and a half ago, my wife and I have started to take a look at “housekeeping” tasks that we didn’t really care about in the past. No, not cleaning floors or dusting lamps, but things like putting a Last Will and Testament in place and executing an Advance Directive to ensure our wishes are carried out if we’re no longer capable of making healthcare decisions.
During the process of writing the things out, I stumbled across additional question, including:
- Who takes care of our son if neither of us are able to do so?
- Who takes our pets if we cannot care for them?
- What happens to our possessions?
- What happens to our data footprint such as sensitive documents and other files stored on our computers or accounts in which personal data is stored?
Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people.
The New York Times recently created a microsite that allows you to answer a few questions to learn which parts of your identity may have been stolen in some of the major hacking attacks over the last two years and what you can do about it. Not all attacks are included, and many attacks go undetected, so think of your results as a minimum level of exposure.