It’s easier than ever to find and hire a website designer. You can post a job listing on sites like Upwork or find designers on your local Google search with ease. But getting them access to your site, blog, or other accounts so they can do their job isn’t quite as easy. How can you securely share all of your accounts with someone you don’t know well yet? The solution is LastPass. LastPass is a free password management tool that lets you create secure passwords for any account, store those passwords in one place, and automatically log into websites when needed. It’s a great way to manage your own passwords while also keeping track of anyone who might need access to them (like a website designer). Here’s how you can use LastPass to securely share all of your accounts with your new web partner.
Create a LastPass Account
The first step in the process is to create a LastPass account. You can do this on the LastPass website. You can also download the app for your phone or computer if you’d prefer to use that instead. Either way, once you’re on the site, click “Sign Up” and follow the prompts to create an account. Be sure to choose a long, secure master password that feels secure to you and is also easy to remember. You don’t want to use your name, your company name, or any other identifying information. If you’re creating an account for a client or designer, many of the suggestions above apply to them as well.
Install and Set Up LastPass
Once you have your account created, it’s time to install LastPass. You can do this by clicking on the “Get LastPass for free!” button. Install the plug-in for your browser, and log into your account when prompted. Once logged into your account, you will see your vault. A vault is where you store all of your passwords and other secure information. Think of it like a secure digital file cabinet.
Create Strong Passwords for Every Account
As you log into each account, you’ll be prompted to create a strong password. This is a very important part of the process. The first thing you want to do is create strong passwords for your own accounts. This is important even if you’re the one using LastPass to keep track of your accounts. If a designer ever has access to your passwords, they’ll likely need to access your accounts as well. Once you have your passwords stored in LastPass, you can start logging into accounts as you need them and adding the login information to your vault. When you log into your email account, for example, add that information to your vault. This way, you can store the login information for all of your accounts in one place and you will no longer need to keep track of multiple logins for different sites.
Create Shared Accounts in Your Vault
Once you have your passwords stored in LastPass, the next step is to create shared accounts. You can do this by going to your vault, clicking the “Manage Shared Accounts” tab, and clicking the “Add New Account” button. Once in there, you can give your designer access to any account they’ll need to work on your site. You can also add other shared accounts that might come in handy. For example, you can add your email account so they can send you attachments, or you can add your financial accounts to track your budget.
This process will take some time. You’ll need to log into each account, create a strong password, and add it to your vault. Then, you can go back and add the shared account for your designer. Because all of this information is in one place, you can easily coordinate with your designer. You can create new shared accounts as you need them, or you can go back and add more information to existing accounts as you work with your designer. Working with someone you don’t know well can feel like a big risk. It’s important to make sure you’re as secure as possible as you work with them. LastPass is a great way to do that.
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