LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 303 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.75
File Size:
10.63MB
Date Added:
August 06, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
145,431
Downloads Last Week:
551
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

The bottom line: Effective, secure, and easy to use, LastPass offers a broad base of password-management features for free that can be expanded when upgrading to the premium version. It's an essential add-on for modern Web browsing.

Review:

Passwords have gotten so complicated that even people with ferociously sharp memories can struggle to recall the eccentric combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. There are passwords for personal e-mail, work e-mail, bank accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, and woe to anybody who uses the same one for those two malware magnets. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords so they don't get compromised. Passwords are a pain, but LastPass slices through the Gordian knot of password management with a deft and effective cross-platform browser add-on.

Installation:

Installing LastPass is straightforward, except that you can choose between the universal installer or browser-specific add-ons. The easiest option is the universal installer, which will work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome on Windows. Mac users will have to download individual add-ons for each browser.

After creating a LastPass account and master password, which is used to access your password list, LastPass will ask to suck up all your passwords into its cloud-based, AES-256-encrypted servers. This key aspect of LastPass, the cloud-based storage, is then followed by an option to remove all your locally stored passwords. This prevents them from being compromised after you've begun using LastPass, although it also means that you will be tied to LastPass from that point. You can always export your passwords later, although after using the add-on for more than a year we've had no problems.

Interface:

After installing, restart your browser and you'll see a gray or red box icon on your browser's toolbar. Red indicates you're logged in, while gray indicates you're not. Once logged in, you can visit LastPass' spreadsheet layout of your passwords with one click. This is called your "password vault," and while it's navigable, it could use some tweaking, too.

You can organize your passwords into folders and groups, you're told up front how long ago the password was last used, and there are quick links to Edit, Share, and Delete the password. A search field at the top will automatically search through URL and username. You cannot search by password.

A list of global actions such as settings, import and export, history, and manually adding sites lives on the left of the password list. To the right is a short list of options to be used when you select a password, currently limited to share, delete, and change group. At the top of the interface are tabbed options for managing your form-fill profiles, identities, shares, and applications.

Much of the add-on's heavy lifting happens in editing windows that open on top of your vault, but are not separate browser windows. This includes individual password editing and configuring, and changing LastPass' settings. The separate window is understandable for security purposes, but it detracts from the overall experience as an overlay.

Features and support:

LastPass offers a shocking number of features. The free version will be more than enough for most users, while upgrading to the premium version will get you LastPass for mobile devices and browsers, remove ads from your vault, provide priority e-mail and phone support, and give you multifactor authentication. This heightened level of security requires you to use a YubiKey or USB key in conjunction with your LastPass master password to gain access to your vault.

Basic and premium users alike will get LastPass' deep array of password-management tools. It will auto-detect username and password form fields. If it has the credentials for the page you're visiting, it will ask you to fill in the info. You can also set LastPass to automatically fill in credentials, or even automatically log in. When you visit a site that you're creating new credentials for, it will ask if you'd like it to create a password for you. Via the vault, you can change the default level of security for generated passwords. It will also detect when you've changed the password for a site that's already saved, and ask you if you'd like to change the saved version.

From within the Settings option in the vault, you can change your master password, configure the vault auto-log-off time, change the default security level to one of three presets or customize a fourth, and manage equivalent domains and URL rules for sites with more than one log-in.

While LastPass can be used solely from its Web site, and provides a virtual keyboard so you don't have to worry about a keylogger swiping your master password, some key features come only with the add-on. One of these is the on-the-fly creation of a one-time password, and there are others. The add-on menu shows you a list of recently used passwords, and allows you to copy credentials to your clipboard without revealing them first, fill forms, manage secure notes, customize hot keys, and change the LastPass icons.

It doesn't skimp on password tweaks, and that's a good thing.

Performance:

Measuring add-on performance is notoriously difficult, although Internet Explorer 9 Beta did note that LastPass only slowed down the browser's boot time by 0.16 seconds. The default threshold for warning the user about add-on performance impact in IE9 Beta is 0.2 seconds or slower. Google Chrome dev 9.0.587.0 put LastPass' memory usage at 14MB of RAM, high for an add-on. Browsing with the add-on versus without it revealed no noticeable slow-downs on a daily use computer.

Conclusion:

Password security and management have long been a deficient part of any browsing experience, and LastPass solves that problem while also making your passwords accessible anywhere. Cross-platform, cross-browser, and secure with a hefty range of options, this is the gold standard for password management.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 303 votes

    • 5 star: 139
    • 4 star: 74
    • 3 star: 23
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 43
  • Current Version:

    2.4

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 4 stars

    "Works pretty well."

    July 12, 2014   |   By mikoyangurevich15

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    No problems with log ins.

    Cons

    Does not always save passwords correctly.

    Summary

    Needs the option for stand alone internet only use!

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  • 4 stars

    "Works well...when it works"

    July 07, 2014   |   By wkb4447

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    Lightening fast log ins; navigation and set up are highly intuitive; had no problem getting up and running quickly.

    Cons

    Doesn't always input correct information; sometime won't load information. One has to make sure that the app is actually working, even if asterisk icon is showing on the screen (which should indicate that it is up and running)

    Summary

    Toss up. I've spent as much time correcting the settings for individual websites as I have saved time using the app. When it works, it's great. When it doesn't, it's a pain having to reset the password when the app forgets or gets it wrong.

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  • 4 stars

    "works well"

    June 12, 2014   |   By nmharleyrider

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    saves lots of time looking up and keying in passwords

    Cons

    doesn't always work

    Summary

    I'm going to keep on using it

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  • 2 stars

    "Pretty sorry."

    June 03, 2014   |   By slimm29

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    It will occasionally remember passwords and occasionally fill in the user name & password blanks.

    Cons

    Totally unreliable. The "save password" doesn't always appear. It won't track password changes. You cannot -- or I haven't found out how to -- open the vault, and get your password when Lastpass goes down the tube.

    Summary

    Piece of dung.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best there is"

    June 02, 2014   |   By you dont say

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    I've tried them all but Last Pass is the best in my opinion. It does everything it says it will do and does it well

    Cons

    Sometimes it asks to save sites that are already saved which creates duplicates. A minor issue.

    Summary

    Easy to use and integrates into your browser -

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  • 4 stars

    "RoboRobbers[RoboForm]Goodbye; LastPass & $20.00, Hello!"

    May 31, 2014   |   By joelinmn

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    Does everything RoboForm does for free, saving you $20.00 a year. Even if you buy RoboDeForm'd, it is useless after a year's time (disabled) unless you pay another $20.00 and on and on.
    Relatively easy setup, data from RoboRobbers[AKA RoboForm] and other password storing/generating programs migrates with instructions provided in Help files.

    Cons

    There are a few more quirks and rough edges than RoboForm, for example, passwords may have to be cued instead of automatically appearing on some websites. Editing data is easy - after a time or two of using it to modify something. It does not seem quite as quick on some sites as RoboForm, but for free, it is definitely worth the minor hiccups. I'm sure the developers will continue to polish this little gem as time goes on and personally, I'd be willing to tip their cause, because freeware this good is worth supporting.

    Summary

    As a good friend of mine from the Carolina's would say, gopher it Bubba; you too Sis...You can keep any other password manager you have, migrate data into LastPass and if you don't like it, delete it and keep your old password manager and data unchanged. It is worth a try for the benefits of freedom from having to rent something you purchased - RoboForm or other programs, that require annual ante-ups to keep using something you have already purchased!

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  • 5 stars

    "Works good!"

    May 21, 2014   |   By dnelsch

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    I use it slightly different in that I already have passwords for multi-many sites, but it remembers them all.

    Cons

    Perhaps the biggest issue I have is that it doesn't seem to work well on my iPad or iPhone.

    Summary

    Sure beats going to the PASS file and looking up the individual password for each site.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works well, saves time when logging in to a web site."

    May 09, 2014   |   By Configurator5517

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    Remembers id and passwords well.

    Cons

    Occasionally have to manually modify password/id combination.

    Summary

    Definitely recommend it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Switched From RoboCrap"

    April 18, 2014   |   By rjriley5000

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    Integration between LastPass, xMarks and TooManyTabs makes a fantastic combination.

    Cons

    Really none.

    Summary

    I had been a early user of RoboForm and purchased several lifetime licenses. Then RoboForm stuck a gun to our heads, dropping the export feature and giving a very short window to further grease their palms or lose the service.

    I switched to LastPass at that time and have been a very happy camper since. I work across many computers and LastPass, xMarks and TooManyTabs allows me to share on all of them, even allowing me to click a few times and open a currently open tab from one computer which is being dogged down on any of the others.

    As it turned out, the RoboDuds, or should I say RoboCrooks did me a favor, these other products are far superior.

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  • 4 stars

    "Manages my passwords just fine."

    April 18, 2014   |   By laryjones--2008

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

    Pros

    Last Pass is easy to set up. It is automatic for web passwords.

    Cons

    No password generator is included. This is not so much a negative as a caution.

    Summary

    Works just fine. I have no complaints.

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