LastPass – The Ultimate in Password Protection

LastPass – The Ultimate in Password Protection

I recently needed a way to manage my passwords, and decided to give LastPass a try. A few months ago I was tired of remember my passwords, and on top of that I wanted to create more unique passwords. You probably know how hard it is to keep passwords straight for many applications, so I began search for a password management solution.

After doing some reading I discovered a tremendous service called LastPass. For the past few months I have been using this service I have been impressed with how well it manages my passwords, and makes it very easy for me to login to various locations with different passwords.

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The Complete Password Management Solution

Probably the most popular password manage is Roboform, which I tried briefly but never really used. Roboform did cross my mind as a solution, but then I signed up and began using LastPass. I haven’t looked back.

First, LastPass isn’t complicated to use, and stores all your data in a secured online vault that only you can access. You can access the vault (and your data) either by logging into their website or using a browser plugin. You can even access you LastPass vault from many different mobile devices. More on that later.

With the web browser plugin, you can easily sign up with a website, and login to a website by clicking a button. When you signup, LastPass will detect that you have just entered your user name and password, and then ask you if you would like to save the current login information to your vault. If you save the site, the user name, password, and URL are stored in the vault.

When you log in to a site, you can autofill the user name and password information on the form and then log in. No more needing to remember an ID or password.

This was just a quick overview of how LastPass can help you manage your login information, let’s look at some of the features included with LastPass.

Features of LastPass

In addition to managing logins, LastPass also includes the following features:

  • One master password that provides access to your secured information. You simply provide your LastPass password – either on their site, a mobile device, or web browser with the plugin, and you have access to your secured vault.
  • Automatically store login information and automatically fill in forms. This was talked about above, but you no longer need to type user names and passwords, if you wish.
  • Store notes securely. Not only can you store user names and passwords for sites, you can also write notes and keep them securely in your vault.
  • Import from other password management systems. The number of other password systems that you can import your data from is very large. The image below shows you the import menu options.
  • LastPass - Import Options

    LastPass - Import Options
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  • Generate secure passwords. LastPass includes a tool that you can use to generate a password of any length, and contain any type of character. I use this tool often when signing up with a new site.
  • LastPass - Generate Secure Password Tool

    LastPass - Generate Secure Password Tool
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  • You can backup and restore your secured data. This is in case you would like to take a backup of your data for safe keeping.

There are many more features of LastPass (too many to list), but in addition to these features, LastPass also provides support for a wide range of devices.

Use LastPass Anywhere

LastPass is one of those services that you can use pretty much on most devices and operating systems. From mobile devices to desktops, you can access your LastPass vault anywhere and anytime.

LastPass can be used with the following:

  • Microsoft Windows – Internet Explorer 6.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 4+, Opera 11+
  • Apple Macs – Safari 3+, Camino 2+, Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 4+, Opera 11+
  • Linux – Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 4+, Opera 11+
  • Apple iPhone – iOS / iPhone OS 3.0+
  • Applie iPad – iOS / iPhone OS 3.2+
  • Google Android – Google Android 1.5+
  • RIM Blackberry – BlackBerry OS 4.2.1+
  • Microsoft Windows Phone – Windows Phone 7+
  • Microsoft Windows – Windows Mobile 5+
  • HP Palm – Pre, Pixi, Palm Pre Plus (HP webOS 1.0+)

As you can see, pretty much any popular operating system and device is supported by LastPass.

How Much Does It Cost?

This is always a sticking point for many people. The good news is that you can use LastPass for free. There is also a premium service for $1 per month, which is still really cheap, especially for the service that you will get from the service.

I am currently using the Premium service, for two reasons: 1. $1 a month ($12/year) isn’t expensive, and 2. I wanted to support the service.

In case you are curious, you can view a comparison of LastPass features.

If you are looking for a way of managing your passwords, I highly recommend you look at LastPass.

19 Responses to “LastPass – The Ultimate in Password Protection”

  1. Mahesh says:

    A nice piece of software which offers lot of features. But the LastPass Master Password is kind of a single point of failure. If you forget it you’re lost!

  2. Andrew Walker says:

    Hi. Thanks for sharing this. I never tried this yet. I’m going to give it a shot later on. Thanks!

  3. Amit says:

    You’re right, $1 is not much to support such a program. The sad truth is we all need to use programs like this if we don’t want to end up one day with our passwords stolen. It’s getting more and more dangerous online.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Hi Amit, $1 is a great prices for such a great service. It has come to the point where using a password management tool is almost a necessity to manage all the passwords that we need to remember.

  4. I used to use to manage all passwords and remote login information but LastPass has by far a better Chrome extension and auto complete capabilities as well as making it easier to automatically add new forms.

    One thing I learned though is be choosy when to set the “auto login” flag, as sometimes you may want to use different accounts to login to the same site and can shoot yourself in the foot by trying to save time 🙂

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I like the ease of use of LastPass, which is why I finally decided to use a password manager. I never used one in the past because of the cost, and/or the confusing UI.

      The autologin can be a pain for some sites, as you mentioned, that use different accounts. For example, I have two accounts for Facebook (one personal and one for my blog), so I don’t enable autologin for that site, but I may for the lesser important sites where I only have one ID.

  5. Harrison Li says:

    Oh man, I would never use any of those programs, not that I’m saying it’s not safe, but I just don’t want to rely on software for my passwords. What if one day, the program required you to pay money to regain your access to all the data, oh that’s just…:S

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Actually, there are two options for LastPass: free and premium. The Premium version costs $12/year. You can also export all your passwords to a file so you can always store them outside of the application as well.

  6. Shivam Garg says:

    Lastpass is really a nice feature to have.It will ease out the problem of remembering so many passwords.But I am concerned about the privacy policy of this service.?

  7. Alex says:

    We use Lastpass for all of our company devices, and you’re right, it’s hugely powerful. We were all struggling to remember passwords, and writing them down just wasn’t secure.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I struggled with remembering passwords myself, which is why I’m glad I found LastPass. Now I can make passwords as complex as I like without having to worry about remembering them.

  8. Conde says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it. lastpass can be used now everywhere. I love it!, I used lastpass when I get hired from my boss, last month, He recommend me that software, and Its definitely great,.I still used it until now, recently I used roboform,.now lastpass is the best..

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I am really surprise with how many devices are support by LastPass myself. As I had mentioned I gave RoboForm a quick try, but I didn’t feel comfortable with it.

  9. Pit says:

    Great article, I also use lastpass for Google Chrome and it is a great piece of software. My only complain is that it can be a little bit annoying when it tries to remind me if I want to save a password, but this is just my experience using it with Chrome, over all it is awesome!

    Keep up the great work!

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I agree the the messages, it can be a little annoying, especially if you may not want to save the passwords. I guess it is a small price to pay for such a great product.

  10. TrafficColeman says:

    Wow that’s a good price because RoboForm charges about $40 now to save your pass codes.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

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