Linux Mint Update

I consider myself a longtime novice Linux user. I have enjoyed using Linux OS’s since I discovered them 20 years ago and I always watch to see what is changed with each upgrade of the various distributions of it. For years now I have found Linux Mint to the be the best for me, it just works from the start and always has.

Today I decided to update the programs in it and I found a new (to me) button in the update program, Update to Tricia. (Linux Mint uses names for each new version) In the past it was not possible to update the distro without re-installing the whole system and it was not suggested for stable system users. But this new button offered to update the whole distro to the newest version and did so quickly, took me less than 15 minutes.

I can’t say I saw all the changes, I had updated many of the program changes myself before doing this. But it does seem to have cleaned things up a bit and the boot time is less and the icon and artwork is cleaner. I like it!

Bitwarden Password Manager

Bitwarden

A few months ago I wrote about LastPass. My view for the need of a password keeper hasn’t changed but I have changed a little about LastPass and discovered Bitwarden an open-source program it does the same thing.

Some years ago last pass was bought by LogMeIn and it increased its yearly rate from $12 to $36 for the paid version. I used to pay $12 a year and found that reasonable but 36 is a stretch. A short search for reviews of Logmein shows that it has been behaving much like the old AOL it’s hard to stop their service once you begin paying for it. Basically, the only way to stop is to cancel whatever credit card was used to pay for it.

Bitwarden is an open-source program. For me that’s a plus. And after using it several weeks I found it behaves pretty much the same as Lastpass. When you register at a new site it offers to keep your information, and also offers a password generator to create a secure password for you.

Lastpass

lastpass

On any system there are tools I feel I always need, Lasspass is one of those tools.

Using computers means using security and that means passwords. And good passwords are about impossible to remember, so, Lastpass. Make one GOOD password you will remember and Lasspass will help you make good ones for all the sites you visit and it will remember them. Even better once it has your login information and you have logged into it visiting a site will just mean opening the site and hitting Login, the information will already be in their fields.