I’m back once again with LastPass, the password manager, and now I’m going in depth on what it can do. To start off it is a totally free, outstanding manager that is easy to use and very secure. If you can’t handle not being a premium member and will pay any price to protect yourself, this one is not going to break the bank at all. It costs only $12 a year, sounds too good to be true, right? It’s true, I personally have the premium version and it works flawlessly. The benefits of owning the premium is, that you can sync all of your devices with it and work across laptops, tablets, and phones. For an official review of LastPass premium check out here.
But don’t fret free users it gives you unlimited storage of passwords and secure notes,
automatic backup and syncing for one device, automated filling of login credentials and forms, Security Challenge password audit, and Multi factor authentication and one time passwords.
To learn more about multi factor authentication click here. To give a brief explanation about it, it contains two forms of verification that you need to present/use to login.
You store all your passwords in a “vault”. Your “vault” is a literal vault to store all your passwords safely and securely. LastPass encrypts your data automatically as it travels to and from its servers and only you can unlock that encryption – with your master password. Your master password covers all of your passwords and gives you access to your vault.
Setting up LastPass is quite easy. If you have never used the service before you’ll need to create a new account as part of the installation service. The key thing to remember here concerns the choice of a master password. As I’m sure you are already aware, the whole point of a password manager is to enable you to create complex, and different, passwords for all your accounts while only having to remember one master set of login credentials. So, remember to make your master password fiendishly difficult to crack – a healthy mixture of letters, numbers and symbols, wrapped up into something long that bears no resemblance to a real word is what you are looking for. When you’ve come up with something suitable be sure to remember it – LastPass will remind you of the fact that no-one on their end can retrieve the password for you should you ever forget it. As harsh as that may sound, it’s for your own protection as it means no-one else will be able to get hold of your login credentials, including law enforcement, with or without a warrant. Pretty cool right?
If you feel that your passwords are weak use the LastPass Security Challenge, it rummages around those passwords and gives them a score. The lower the score, the more pressing the need to change them!
Much like every other password you could consider, LastPass records your usernames and passwords every time you sign up to a new website or acquire a new account somewhere online. LastPass can also suggest new passwords for you, and its suggestions can be extremely long and complex. In fact, you decide the password length and then let the software take care of the rest for you. When you later revisit that site, the program can automatically enter your data for you, saving you not only the hassle of typing, but also the headache of remembering all of those passwords! It also includes an auto login feature, if you even don’t feel the need to click log in or hit enter.
LastPass is an excellent password manager. The program allows complex passwords to be created and saved, saves time on filling in web forms and has additional security features for your peace of mind. Overall, there’s not much to not like and it’s free.