Music & Video

Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by Mark

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Last.fm

A music website that lets you stream sounds from other users and recommends music that is similar to your tastes.

Tuning In

‘Be clever, choose something safe.’ Last.fm password policy is as simple as it gets.  On the sign-up page you get to choose a username, type in an email address and pick a password.  There are no indications as to what makes a password acceptable to Last.fm, and the site actually suggests that users read through Google’s tips for creating a strong password.

Careful Who’s Listening

Unfortunately, Last.fm doesn’t provide users with any options to make access to their accounts safer.  You cannot set up secure browsing on Last.fm from your account settings and two-factor authentication is not available yet.  Having a good password is evidently the only thing separating your account from the rest of the world.

Enjoying Your Music Safely

Last.fm allows you to edit your password via the account settings page.  You can easily access this by clicking on your username at the top-right corner of the screen and then selecting on ‘Settings’ from the drop-down list. Click on the ‘Password’ tab to change your password.

Your Personal Information

All the personal information you submit will be public and accessible by others.  Last.fm may diclose your data to third parties (which may include personal information, but not your email contact information) via third party application and web services or arrangements with our business partners.  These people may use this information for their own purposes, which may be either commercial or non-commercial in nature and may include targeted advertising or direct marketing.

Stop The Music!

To permanently delete your Last.fm account, sign into your account and go to the account settings page by clicking on your username at the top-right of the screen and selecting ‘Settings’ from the drop-down list.  Click the ‘Data’ tab and there you can delete your account by clicking on ‘delete account’ button.  Deletion will take up to 7 days to complete and your listening data and tags will be wiped.  Forum posts cannot be deleted and will remain intact after your close the account.

Crashing The Party

Last.fm has been in the news in connection with some serious password leaks.  In June 2012, following a string of hacking attacks on major social media sites, Last.fm reported it was investigating a password leak that could have affected several of its users.  The company warned its users to change their passwords and choose stronger ones.

Adding Apps To The Mix

Last.fm allows several third party applications to integrate with your account so that you can easily share information between services.  Every third party application is governed by its own privacy policy and Last.fm recommends that users review this before deciding whether to trust a third party application or not.

Last Words

Last.fm doesn’t offer its users any specific tools to help them track the security of their information and privacy controls are very basic.


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