LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager

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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.90
  • Total Downloads:
    158,342
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 30, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    11.32MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    271
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 315 votes

    • 5 star 143
    • 4 star 76
    • 3 star 24
    • 2 star 27
    • 1 star 45
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5 stars

"Just works!"

February 04, 2012  |  By minsik

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

Its my right hand man these days for any browsing.

Cons

Still requires an understanding of security which should be mandatory anyway!

Summary

for a free produst there are many features and good usabillity as well as it really does just worrk. I personally have had no problems with the several versions i have used.

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1 stars

"Worst product I have ever used!"

June 27, 2012  |  By dono1junocom

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

Easy set up

Cons

Does not work. Locked me out of many sites. RoboForm is hands down easier and works every time.

Summary

Very disapointed

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1 stars

"NEW USERS: STAY AWAY - FAR AWAY"

June 23, 2012  |  By TRC_42

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

Can't think of any, sorry

Cons

Buggy, costly, insecure. What used to be a good product now stinks on ice. 4 years of being a loyal user. $12/month? Ads in my Vault? Bugs in updates that wipe out all my browser add-ons?

Sorry LastPass. Last chance blown, last time I use it.

Summary

Greed, deceit and incompetence. Great combination - for LastPass. For users? Bad software, bad security, bad idea.

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3 stars

"Can't say I'm 100% happy..."

June 11, 2012  |  By LABlackledge

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

I believe most other reviews have defined the pros and for the most part, I agree with those.

One surprise was during the installation. It asks do you want to import your IE/Chrome passwords, I said yes thinking it will need my Windows password to decrypt them. Nope! It imported them, showed them too me and had a note saying "did you think it was that easy for a program to know all of your passwords? When malware is installed on your PC, the hackers take your passwords as well as the URL they are associated with. Never allow browsers to store your passwords.". This was a good education.

Cons

LastPass has a sign in/out mode via a button in the browser. I expected it to log off when the PC goes to sleep. It triggers off of the browser being open or closed. Each time you bring up the browser and need to enter a password you do it once, then Lastpass is logged on and will enter all future passwords until you close the browser. If I leave a browser open and the laptop is stolen, when/if the thief can get my PC running (past Windows password) Lastpass will still be ON/logged-in and allowing access to all of my password protected sites. This may be a remote possibility, but rather have Lastpass disable when the PC sleeps.
Lastpass requires a rather strong password: capital, small, number, symbol. Secure, but not so easy to type.
I do a lot of international travel, thus may affect this issue: I get a "cannot connect to the Lastpass server" error ~twice a day when browsing and a password is required.

Summary

I really want a password program that has a user model based on Window's password. i.e. requires a password when I log into Windows and secures my data when I put the computer to sleep.

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5 stars

"I should have installed this sooner..."

June 08, 2012  |  By gbcox

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

Runs on multiple browsers, has a mobile version for android and iphone, you can bundle with Xmarks and get a package deal for advanced functionality. Easy to create, use and manage passwords of ridiculous complexity. If you decide to switch between mutiple browsers, no problem. Has multiple options for two factor authentication which are free (i.e. Google Authenticator), supports Yubikey. Great documentation that is simple to read and understand. Unobtrusiive interface... you don't know it is there unless you need it.

Cons

None that I have encountered. This product is fantastic. As I said in the summary, I should have installed this sooner. I've read some comments about security breaches - do a quick google search, you'll find this was a non-event and instead proved Lastpass knows their business and how to respond to protect your data. Also, your data is encrypted - Lastpass can't decipher it, so they warn you - you better not forget your master password.

Summary

Excellent package. Do yourself a favor and install it... also, give Xmarks a try... you'll be glad you did. Oh, and if you can afford it, pay the $20 / year for the enhanced version. It is well worth it.

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1 stars

"In the cloud . . ."

June 01, 2012  |  By MisterURL

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

It sounds like it does a good job.

Cons

I can't believe I am the only one with concerns about having all my passwords saved in the vaporous bit storm of the ether. What with server outages, hackers, and business failures, the content of the cloud is in a state of constant turmoil. Why not provide the option of saving them locally? Let me take care of encryption, backup, and intruder prevention. And as as added benefit, if MY server is down, I won't be using the web anyway so won't need passwords.

Summary

In my opinion, this would be near-perfect if it offered the option to save the passwords on the local drive.

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5 stars

"Not like Norton Identity Safe"

May 23, 2012  |  By SeaNetWorthy

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

Annually cheap at any price (Pro version)

Cons

Changing the listing of logins/sites (if their are many) in the drop-down menu is NOT user-0changeable; like alphabetic forward/revers, by date of last or first use, etc. Needs to fixed, and hasnt for years.

Summary

"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."

No. Lastpass is asking if you want to delete the OLD Username/passwords IT HAS JUST IMPORTED FROM OTHER BROWSERS. Lastpass is NOT asking if you want to delete YOUR local copy of LASTPASS's just-now encrypted passwords, ONLY the ones it IMPORTED, like from SeaMonkey or FireFox or whatever.

Got Tools/Security Check - this gives you a VERY easy way to find and re-manage duplicates. I have over 1000 sites managed, and the check took 20 seconds - and I have some work to do!

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2 stars

"Is this safe?"

May 21, 2012  |  By ML196006

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

I use Roboform and decided to use lastpass free version to see what it has to offer. I like the password wallet app and i also like two step authentication, which RF does not have.

Cons

I don't like the fact that I can request to reset my master password. If someone hacks in my email they can get my lastpass info sent to my email address and reset my master password and have access to all of my information that easily!

Summary

Id rather stick with a password manager that doesnt know your master password because the fact that it can be reset makes me uneasy and i dont know if i can sleep at night with all my bank info and logins being that easy to access.

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5 stars

"Best PW manager yet."

May 14, 2012  |  By ladygeek-IT

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

1. Same password manager for all my devices (PC's and smartphone)and 3 different browsers.
2. Autofill works well.
3. I only have to enter the information once for all password-dependent applications.

Cons

I just added the smartphone app and it works differently and I haven't been able to figure it out. I don't use it that much on my smartphone that much but I can see that it would be very handy if you are using a computer not on your personal computers which eliminates the need for a flash drive which is also a security issue.

Summary

In the past, I've used Password Corral and Password Safe. Password Corral was the first password manager I'd used. Before that, like most SysAdmins used a little memo pad to manually keep track of passwords. I use Windows mostly now - Solaris & Linux in the past so there are alot of choices. While Windows itself can manage passwords as well, we all know how secure that is!!

Password Safe is the one that I've used the most but the biggest irritant with that is when you use more than 1 PC, you have to keep a separate Password Safe on each PC which is a pain if you want to sync it.

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4 stars

"Works just as described"

May 14, 2012  |  By erothjr

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

Keeps track of passwords with some flexibility with what to keep and what not to keep, as well as being very unobtrusive with a small footprint.

Cons

if you're looking for a password vault that displays your passwords and lets you edit and such like a database, then this is not what you're going to need.

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5 stars

"Excellent Product!"

May 04, 2012  |  By wheelie53--2008

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.90

Pros

It does everything that Norton Secure Identity

Cons

None so far...

Summary



Updated on May 4, 2012

...Everything that Norton Secure identity does!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.90
Version 1.90 adds new functions, such as pulling Wifi passwords and saving them as note types. This version also brings a number of fixes, including adding Canary Islands as a form fill location, fingerprint reader detection, and issues with sharing version numbers via extensions.
General
Publisher LastPass
Publisher web site http://lastpass.com
Release Date January 30, 2012
Date Added January 30, 2012
Version 1.90
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Password Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.32MB
File Name lastpass.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 158,342
Downloads Last Week 271
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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