Tech Tools: LastPass – Saying Goodbye to the Challenge of Remembering Your Passwords

If you have multiple accounts, you probably also have to remember or keep track of multiple passwords. After all, it’s common knowledge that having only one password for all your accounts is practically giving an identity thief the keys to all your information. And having a written list of all your passwords is not also secure.

LastPass have found a great solution – the program allows you to automatically log in to a site or account without having your information compromised.

LastPass is a password manager program that consolidates your passwords and login information in a secure way. Its main selling point is the automatic login feature to any site that you have already visited and have already entered your corresponding information.

LastPass aims to simplify things for you by making download and installation easy and with the barest minimum of steps. It has versions for most browsers, so all you have to do is to choose the one that’s right for you. You use your email address to create an account, as well as a password for it. This account password that logs you in to LastPass is where the program gets its name from, referring to it as the “last password” you will ever have to remember.

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Once the program is installed, your next step is to go to your needed sites and enter the log in details of each through the LastPass prompt. As you go along, you save Profiles for each type of activity (ex. Online shopping) which makes it easier to organize your Internet activities.

If you are concerned about security of having all your passwords in one cloud in this app, you can opt for an additional layer of security when signing to your Lastpass account. Yubico, Duo:Security or Toopher are some of the other multifactor authentication options that Lastpass supports. Lastpass also follows the best security practices. They have local-only decryption, which means that sensitive data is decrypted and encrypted on your device and is not shared with Lastpass.

Good Points

LastPass has some great features that are quite attractive to most users, such as:

  • Single account log-in for your devices (for premium account), with automatic syncing of new information
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  • Smooth browser integration. LastPass also gives you the choice to use its universal installer (for major browsers) or just plug-ins for the specific ones
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  • Clean interface. The program’s interface is well designed; navigation is simple so you can access your information easily. A button pops up every time you enter new login information and this gets stored in the Vault.
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  • Great credit card organization features. LastPass allows you to make individual profiles for all your credit cards, complete with family member names and billing and shipping addresses.
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  • Digital file backup. You can make notes for each type of password and attach documents or images to these notes. Notes are then digitally backed up so you have a safe copy stored in case you need it.
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  • Account sharing. You have the option to let other people log in to your account if you need them to, if they are also LastPass users. This “guest pass” can be for select passwords and can be voided later on if you wish.
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A Limiting Point

While LastPass is simple, secure and comes with a free version, the real icing on the cake can be found in the paid versions (Premium and Enterprise). These versions come with option for mobile integration, which is sorely missed in the free one. At the very least, LastPass could have given a mobile integration feature on just one device (ex. Smartphone) so users can see how it works on that platform. Given that a majority of users do their browsing and transactions on mobile devices, this could have been taken into consideration.

Verdict

LastPass is very easy to use and certainly makes logging in to your accounts highly convenient. But if you truly want to maximize the program’s features, you will need to fork out for the Premium account. However, one appeasing thing about this is that Premium is only $12 a year, or a dollar a month. If you find this to be within your budget, then you will have found a great solution to those multiple, easily forgettable passwords.

 

 

 

 

 

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