Once you’ve added your passwords to LastPass, you’re able to check your “Security Score” which combines your individual passwords’ strength, your LastPass master password’s strength and your ranking compared to others.
Once it runs through all of your saved credentials, it’ll provide you with your score, your standing compared to others and your master password score:
You can improve your score by changing duplicate passwords, reviewing those that are known to have been compromised, strengthening those that are too weak, or haven’t been changed in a long time.
From the list they provide, you can auto-change passwords on some sites (it’ll generate secure passwords, update your profile on that site, and then update LastPass for you). Others you can launch the site from within LastPass to change your password manually.
This has helped me to cut way back on my duplicate passwords and I’ve created much more secure, and unique, passwords using LastPass. Start with a free trial, and after that it’s only $2/month. Well worth it in my opinion.
Also, if you’re using other solutions to store passwords, I’d recommend cutting back and choosing one central (and encrypted) solution. The more you multiply your passwords across various services that you use on multiple devices and networks, the more you increase your risk of being hacked.
After having my identity stolen a couple weeks ago by someone who went on a Twitch spree, I decided to get more serious about my password security.
Having a Google Pixel XL, it was easy to say “yes” every time I was prompted to save a password. And being a Chrome user, I only kept adding to the Google vault. In no time, I had saved 200 passwords.
I’m not saying anything here about Google’s security (I can only assume it’s sufficient), but I am saying you should consider the number of times you perform the “save my password” action. Multiply it a few times (Google, Edge, IE, Chrome, Norton, etc.), acknowledge that those vaults are then shared across devices, and those devices are used on several wireless networks where we don’t necessarily control security.
Also – if you repeatedly use the same password, your risk goes up exponentially. Suddenly a breach of one password is access to any number of services.
Assess your regular risk
Multiply your devices by the number of password storage solutions and then again by the number of internet access points you access and you’ll see the level of risk which with you regularly work. Imagine adding the number of passwords you’ve saved into this equation.
So safe or not, having multiple tools doing the same thing on multiple wireless networks makes no sense and increases risk simply by multiplying the amount of credentials you have stored across the virtual globe and being accessed while at, say, Starbucks.
So my cleanup began. I decided to sign up for a trial of LastPass which I had heard a lot about, and that trial turned into a subscription. I love it and won’t be turning back. Then I set to work removing password storage from all other services. Follow these directions to have Google forget your passwords so you can also consolidate your credential storage to a single source and be more secure.
To improve your security and start trimming down your exposure opportunities specific to Google, you can:
Delete individual passwords one-by-one (gives you a chance to see them and save elsewhere if needed)
Delete all synced data stored by Google including passwords
Delete data from individual Chrome browsers
Delete individual passwords synced across all devices
As information technology professionals, it’s critically important that we stay up-to-date and practiced in our respective technologies. The North American Collaboration Summit allows you to do just that, and at a fraction of the cost of other premium conferences.
One of the greatest things about this conference is that you get to interact with the best and brightest minds in our industry. The very same speakers that you’d meet at other big-name conferences.
Oh, and did I mention I’ll be speaking there for the first time? I’m honored to be speaking alongside some incredible professionals and am excited to share a favorite session of mine, “SharePoint Wizardry for Content Management, Archiving, and Retention.”
What are you waiting for? Register now, and I’ll see you in March.
Update 10/14/2019: My MS-101 exam guide is now available for pre-order. Also, the courses previously listed below are no longer available and have been removed.
If you’re pursuing the M365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification, you’ll need to pass MS-100 and MS-101, as well as a prerequisite certification (see link for more info). The following study materials will help with preparing for these two exams.
Note: Previous OpenEdX courses have been archived and are not open for enrollment as of this post’s last update. If you had previously enrolled, you may review the archived course content by logging in.
Other blogs and pages
The actual exam pages for MS-100 and MS-101 outline all objectives covered in the exams
Many of us have been there. You have an awesome notebook, your committee wants access, but you stored it on your OneDrive for Business or local machine. How do you move it to your team’s SharePoint site?
In the following tutorial, I’ll show you how to replace the “default” Notebook on a SharePoint site with your pre-existing notebook.
Delete default notebook in SharePoint
(if applicable, and if unneeded. You could also just “overwrite” it by saving your new notebook with the same name, in the same location.)
Go to the library in which the SharePoint site’s notebook is stored (e.g. Site Contents –> Site Assets)
Delete Existing Notebook (check and delete, or use the ellipses menu)
Move pre-existing Notebook
Copy URL from Site Assets or library in which you’re placing your notebook
Open existing notebook on desktop (client)
File –> Share –> Other Web Locations –> Browse
Paste copied URL in save dialog’s address bar, deleting everything after the library’s name
Hit enter to navigate to the library
Rename notebook if you wish
Update any navigation links
Depending on your settings, there are two ways you might update a URL. If you don’t see “Edit Links” on the menu where you’re placing this, you’ll need to go through site settings:
Copy URL of new notebook
Site Settings –> Navigation
Select Notebook –> Edit
Paste new URL
Copy URL of new notebook
Click “Edit Links” on the menu on which you’re placing the link and modify the existing Notebook link (or add a new one)
It can be tricky when you have many notebooks to keep track of where they all live. And nobody wants to be maintaining multiple copies of the same notebook in a save-as nightmare.
Take the time to learn where your notebook is actually saved, and move it if that’s not where you want it without needing to create a copy or break your client’s cached connection.
Open the Notebook in your OneNote client (desktop app)
Click “File” in the upper left
Note the location that matches Notebook name
If you “Share on Web or Network” you’re actually moving the Notebook and its location will be updated immediately. You can still use your Desktop/client OneNote application to edit as usual. Others will just be able to access it now as well.
Note: If you’re moving your Notebook to SharePoint, make sure you save to a complete URL location like above and not a “synced”/OneDrive for Business-type location mapped locally.
If you can’t sync a library, or prefer not to, you can pin the web location of a SharePoint form, media, or document library to your “Quick Access” panel in Windows Explorer.
This allows you to interact with (edit, replace, delete) the files just as you would in a network drive but requires that you’re connected to your SharePoint environment – there are no offline files in this method.
Access the library in Windows Explorer
Copy URL of library in SharePoint
Open Windows Explorer and paste in URL, deleting everything after the library name
Pin to Quick Access
You could then right-click “Quick access” on the left of Windows Explorer and select “Pin current folder to Quick Access” to bookmark it for next time