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LastPass Password Manager

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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.

LastPass takes the pain out of passwords

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.

LastPass takes the pain out of passwords:

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 295 votes

    • 5 star: 137
    • 4 star: 69
    • 3 star: 23
    • 2 star: 23
    • 1 star: 43
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 5.0 stars

    "A-OK Password Manager"

    April 11, 2013  |   By EricVonZipper

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    Auto-capture, auto-login, set it and forget it - it's just that easy. Easy to set up - register your account, set a master password, and you are off and running.

    Cons

    Not recommend for Internet Explorer.

    Summary

    About as good as password managers get. Works brilliantly as a plug-in on Chrome, Firefox, Opera.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Confused by multiple accounts on domain"

    April 8, 2013  |   By jelabarre59

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    Works nicely across various browsers on Linux and Windows.

    Cons

    all to often it gets confused on which field it should save, saves wrong fields. Doesn't comprehend that you might have more than one account at a domain (such as Taleo or Kinexa), will often oull up the wrong account information (or worse, saves changes to wrong account). Cannot handle having password *and* CVV2 for a credit card website, usually saves CVV2 instead of password, thinks the password is the login name.

    Summary

    The flaws in the application *could* be fixable, if LP would actually provide a way of providing feedback or problem reports. I could send them the info, if I could email them. But they don't provide ANY such information, so the flaws will never get addresed. But still not *nearly* as buggy as their companion program "Xmarks".

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great for Windows, not so great on iphone"

    April 2, 2013  |   By RVHAT

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    On Windows it's GREAT. It generates rock-solid passwords and it very easy to use.

    Cons

    On the iphone where many of the sites you use on Windows are actually apps (such as Fidelity, gmail, etc) it does not help you. In fact, it's a pain in the rear to type in twenty characters if RxYzz12Hi... (IF I AM WRONG ON THIS PLEASE LET ME KNOW, I'D VERY MUCH LIKE IT TO WORK)

    Summary

    Great for Windows, not so great on iphone.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great password manager"

    March 23, 2013  |   By drjonabmw

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    Originally read about it in Sunday Times tech page (good write-up from them. Tried it myself and found it very useful to assist with today's plethora of different passwords.

    Cons

    Sometimes slowish to start.

    Summary

    Very good application to keep track of all the different passwords needed to access the dozens of websites where I am registered. Also installed it on verious friends PCs to help them keep track of their passords.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "LastPass Lost All of My Passwords"

    March 21, 2013  |   By spazul

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    It came well recommended

    Cons

    I must be the only person to give a negative review of LP.
    Have been running it for a while and it seemed ok, then out of the blue-just last night-the *%#!^@ thing dropped ALL of my passwords-everything gone-just like that.
    It seems to have gone backwards a few years and picked up sites I haven't visited for years.It lost everything in the LP vault and replaced it stuff that is not even remotely like what I had saved.
    Now I've lost all of my passwords and access to everything.
    If you think the help section can help-think again,there is No system restore point,No data backup,In short, It's your worst nightmare.
    I would advise any one contemplating using LP-DON'T-you cannot trust it to safely store anything.
    I am now uninstalling it-Lesson learned.
    Probably the hardest thing is that I did not keep password copies (separate from
    LP)- for myself.
    Had I done that,then I would not be in the situation I am in now.
    So-BE WARNED

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding password manager"

    March 11, 2013  |   By wolle87

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    Easy to use and runs on all platforms that I've used.

    Cons

    It is a litte slow, but otherwise none

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Secure, very configurable, easy to use, best utility."

    March 11, 2013  |   By TTLnow

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    The product works well on Firefox,Chrome, and IE, and it can be configured to act as securely as you want, including requiring 2 factor authentication, login for each use, even login for each site. It also can be set to mail you notifications of granular changes to your account if you choose. On the other hand, it can be set up to work transparently, on all the time with automatic log into all of your password protected accounts on the web. I often help people in their late 90's and have Lastpass set up for them configured for maximum convenience and these people are working very securely on the web now.

    Cons

    It is free, if you like to spend money then this is a con

    Summary

    I never write reviews, but I feel I must in this case. I see wacky reviews from people complaining about Lastpass not filling in forms correctly, not working on iOS, ect, that have caused them to note there are "no Pros" to this software. Lastpass is a password manager, that is its function and it does that perfectly. You remember one very robust password and let Lastpass generate and then manage all the other passwords for you. It does this task very securely because it encrypts everything and uses two factor authentication if you chose. It is usable everywhere since it is a cloud based service. It is made by people who are concerned with security and who exemplify how a good security company should perform.

    I do fill in forms with it and although it is not its strong suite, it does work. Many of the problems people may have with it may stem from the fact it is so configurable that the way the user sets it up may give them outcomes they do not like. The only fault I would attribute to the vendor in this case is that the configuration training could be improved to help people better understand how the array of settings might impact their user experience. As far as the iOS complaints, I use it on iOS as an app and it seems to work fine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too buggy...complicated"

    March 6, 2013  |   By kaylaartist

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    Can't think of too many

    Cons

    would not import all of my roboform entries
    kept duplicating passcodes
    would not hold identities
    complicated, asking for password just to use lastpass

    Summary

    I really wanted to like this since it had so many positive ratings and roboform was starting to be a little buggy and cost more. However, it was NOT simple, and I am a very tech savvy individual..Go figure

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Awesome software"

    March 2, 2013  |   By KathyJLowrey

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    Works great, remembers everything.

    Cons

    Actually its not a con. Its something missing what I needed. It must take care of hibernation and sleep. If PC awake from sleep or hibernation. It must ask to Login.

    Summary

    Great software. Thank you for providing it free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "newest version really slow!!!"

    February 16, 2013  |   By tincan_96

    Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.2

    Pros

    dont't have to remember different passwords.

    Cons

    newest version relly slowed my log-in compared to previous versions. kept asking to install lastest version.

    Summary

    I was happy with the older version. But the new version was a real drag on my log-in. It would take up to five seconds to load my home page and change from one web page to another. I would get a reminder several times per day to install new version which was very annoying. I finally had to uninstall Last-Pass altogether.

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