Password perfection | Download Product Review - CNET Download.com

Password perfection

Keep passwords and other info handy and secure with this impressive add-on.

Passwords drive us crazy. With bank accounts, credit cards, insurance policies, social networking sites, student loans, pharmacies, and many other sites all demanding passwords, it's a lot to keep up with. LastPass for Chrome is an easy and secure way to manage passwords, and we wish we'd had it a long time ago.

LastPass has a lot of features, and it took us a little while to get acquainted with everything, but overall it's very easy to use. At first glance it may seem that LastPass doesn't do anything that you can't already do in Chrome; like LastPass, Chrome will store user IDs and passwords for you. But LastPass does much more than that. You can also have the program automatically fill in forms for you, and you can store as much information as you're comfortable with; just enter your name and address if you want, or have LastPass store your credit card and bank account information to make online shopping easier. The program also has a secure notes feature that lets you keep other sensitive information handy but safe, and a password generator that creates ironclad passwords. On the whole, we found that LastPass worked well, although it had trouble with a few sites. It couldn't handle our bank's Web site, which requires our user ID on one page and our password on another. And the log-in for our student loans requires our Social Security number, the first two letters of our last name, our birth date, and a PIN; we tried to use the form-filling feature for this, but for some reason it only filled two of the fields. These sorts of situations are a good time to use the secure note feature; the program won't auto-fill the fields for you, but at least you'll have the information close at hand. LastPass for Chrome has a comprehensive online Help file, as well as multiple helpful tutorial videos. Overall, we were quite impressed with LastPass, and we think it's a great way to simplify password management.

LastPass for Chrome installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program to all users.

CNET Top 5
Companies Apple could buy with their billions
Apple's sitting on a massive pile of cash. Here are five interesting ways they could spend it.
Play Video
 

Member Comments