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LastPass says users no longer have to reset passwords`

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | May 6, 2011
LastPass today rescinded its day-old order that all users of its online password management system reset their master passwords due to a database breach.

LastPass offers a service that lets users store passwords and usernames online. The service then automatically fills in the information when the user visits a site that requires the information.

Instead of having to remember multiple usernames and passwords, users only need to use one master password to access the service.

The company has previously maintained that strong master password used to access the LastPass service should protect users from the loss of personal information.

Siegrist reiterated those assertions today and said that LastPass continue to believe "that with a strong master password nothing can be compromised."

Even so, the company had initially sought to force users to reset master passwords as a precaution.

LastPass now allows users to bypass the reset process simply by asserting that their master password is strong. "We apologize for not having that available when we announced [the password reset plan]," the company said in its blog.

 

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