These days it feels like every day in the news there’s another story in the tech news about services or companies being hacked or having passwords stolen. Some of them like last weeks Sony Pictures hack are huge for that company and some like LinkedIn effect a large number of users. The normal advice is to change your password and account details and make sure to use long complicated passwords. If you pay attention to this sort of thing the likelihood is that you use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass to remember the passwords for you but changing passwords is still a huge hassle.
LastPass have added a new feature designed to make this much much easier. The feature called Auto-Password Change is currently in beta and allows you to change a sites password through LastPass with a single click. At the time of writing it supports 75 sites but this list will grow over time. For the moment it does seems to hit most of the major sites with Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Pinterest, Reddit, Flickr, Dropbox, Google, Blizzard and a great many others listed.
There are some caveats which you should be aware of before trying this. Firstly it will not work with any site which has dual-factor authentication turned on – and if a site does support it you should have it turned on if you can. Secondly changing a password (in any way) might cause problems for other systems. For example if you change your Google password then your Android phone would be logged out. That is not a reason not to do it but you should be aware that you will have to log back in with most apps and other systems.
There is no news yet as to when exactly the feature will make it into the main online build of Lastpass but we can hope that it will not be too long.