AFFORDABLE, EASY-TO-USE AND SECURE
LastPass is one of the best password managers you can choose – it’s easy to set up, secure, and flexible. If you’re fed up of trying to remember all your own passwords, making the move to LastPass is a seriously smart choice.
- Makes your passwords available where you want them: in your browser.
- Detects when you’re using the same password on multiple sites.
- Available on all major browsers and on multiple sites.
LastPass is one of the best password managers you can choose – it’s easy to set up, secure, and flexible. This popular password manager can create passwords for you and store them securely, autofilling them when needed.
Lastpass can take the hassle out of remembering multiple online passwords. LastPass will let you use the service over multiple devices – it works on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs via simple browser add-ons (extensions). For tablets and smartphones, there’s a simple LastPass app.
Set yourself up with LastPass and you can say goodbye to the worst habits many users fall into when coming up with logins for multiple sites. Instead, you can enjoy proper online security when logging into sites and services.
WHAT IS LASTPASS?
Left to their own devices, most users are terrible at creating passwords. After all, it’s a pain to remember five different passwords, let alone 10 or 20. All too often, users pick one password, then re-use it over and over. That’s highly risky – if the login data for even one of your accounts is ever stolen, then hackers have they key to all the others that share that password.
On top of this, too many users rely on classic, but easily guessable, passwords such as ‘123456’, ‘password’, ‘qwerty’, and variations of pets’ names or the names of family members.
LastPass can alleviate all this risk, and make it easier to manage all your various online accounts. It can auto-generate secure passwords – a unique, unguessable one for each of your online accounts – then autofill these securely as you log in. All you need to remember is one master password for your LastPass account – just make sure it’s both secure and memorable.
LASTPASS: THE GOOD
LastPass is easy-to-use, and secure, making it a great choice for most users who struggle to remember dozens of different logins. The service has some great features to help along the way:
THE LASTPASS VAULT
The core of LastPass is the vault. This is where your passwords are stored. Without your master password, your vault is encrypted – it’s just a bunch of garbled data that won’t make sense to anyone, even if hacked. Unlock the vault with that password, however, and your data is readable.
Passwords and account usernames are stored in the vault along with the web address (URL) used for logging in to each account. If you land on a site with one of your stored logins, Lastpass will either automatically fill in your login credentials or make them available upon request.
You can organize your login credentials into different folders such as work, home, and so on. LastPass also lets you add any notes if you need to.
Under Advanced Settings, you can adjust features, such as automatically filling out login forms, or requiring you to re-enter your master password for access to particularly sensitive logins.
The password reprompt is particularly useful if you share a PC with others. That way, no one can log in to key accounts such as your bank or email without knowing the master password – even if you’re already logged into LastPass on the shared computer.
EXTRA STORAGE OPTIONS
The vault doesn’t only hold passwords. It can also hold notes with information you may want to keep private. You can use this to store product licences for paid software, for example, or backup codes for two-factor authentication logins.
LASTPASS BROWSER EXTENSION
In everyday use, LastPass’ browser extension does several things:
- it makes your logins available to you when you need them
- it saves new logins as you create them
- it generates new passwords when necessary
- it can also tell you when you’re using the same password with multiple accounts and offers to change them.
Another way to use LastPass is to remember your payment details so that it can fill out a credit card form automatically.
LASTPASS PASSWORD GENERATOR
There’s also an automated password-changing tool. This can easily change the passwords you use on major websites.
To use it, simply look in your vault and open a specific login – such as for Google or Facebook. Then, under the saved password box, you’ll see a link titled Auto-Change Password. Click this, and LastPass will help you create and register a new password for that site with minimal fuss.
Of course, putting all your password eggs in one basket – no matter how secure – can feel daunting. To keep your mind at ease, LastPass has a helpful feature called Emergency Access. This allows nominated trusted people get access to your account, if needed.
This is a great feature if you should become incapacitated, or if you’ve forgotten your Master Password. To set-up Emergency Access, go to your vault and select Emergency Access from the left-hand column.
To give someone access to your vault, enter their email address and specify a wait time after they’ve requested access to your vault. LastPass offers a number of wait times, from immediately, to 30 days. The idea with the wait time is it gives you time to reject their access request if you need to. The default is 48 hours.