The majority of users, when asked to choose a password, will choose something that most often contains only letters. When someone says “password”, that’s what most of us think – a word. But the most secure passwords will contain a mixture of both upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols.
Often when a person is asked to think of a password, they will also choose something that is meaningful to them, to help them to remember it. This can lead to issues in itself, as people often use things like pets names, spouse or children’s names or dates of birth, mistakenly believing them to be secure, when in fact they are some of the LEAST secure passwords, especially if the person trying to break into your account has access to your other personal details as well.
Some sites or services will allow only certain types of symbols because of tech limitations, but it is uncommon to find any that do not allow them at all. In either case, however, LastPass has you covered. You can choose the length of the generated password (in characters,) and also choose what combination of characters it uses – lower- or upper-case letters, numbers or symbols. For example, if you wanted a password that consisted solely of numbers and symbols, LastPass could easily generate this for you. And because the password is randomly generated, there’s no risk of inadvertently reusing and old password, or choosing something that’s easy to crack.
As well as options to generate passwords using a set of variables that you decide, there’s also the option to make the passwords easy to say or read, in the event that you need to use the password on a device that doesn’t have LastPass installed, or perhaps if you are generating the password for someone else and need to read it out to them over the phone. Trying to hear over a phone call if someone says D or B, or F or S can be difficult, and when reading a password from the screen of another device, 0 can easily be confused with O or 1 with I and so on. LastPass dispenses with these issues by having the options to generate passwords that are either easy to say or easy to read, dependent on your requirements; using these options gets rid of any troublesome characters from the pool of possible characters that will be used to generate your new password.