As you no doubt already know, because the story has been all over the news and social media recently, the widely-known and widely-used password manager LastPass last week reported a security breach.

The breach itself actually happened two weeks before that, the company said, and involved attackers getting into the system where LastPass keeps the source code of its software.

From there, LastPass reported, the attackers “took portions of source code and some proprietary LastPass technical information.”

We didn’t write this incident up last week, because there didn’t seem to be a lot that we could add to the LastPass incident report – the crooks rifled through their proprietary source code and intellectual property, but apparently didn’t get at any customer or employee data.

In other words, we saw this as a deeply embarrassing PR issue for LastPass itself, given that the whole purpose of the company’s own product is to help customers keep their online accounts to themselves, but not as an incident that directly put customers’ online accounts at risk.

However, over the past weekend we’ve had several worried enquiries from readers (and we’ve seen some misleading advice on social media), so we thought we’d look at the main questions that we’ve received so far.

After all, we regularly recommend our readers and podcast listeners to consider using a password manager, even though we’ve also written up numerous security blunders in password manager tools over the years.

So, we’ve put together six questions-and-answers below, to help you make an informed decision about the future of password managers in your own digital life.