LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager

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5
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Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 308 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.20
  • Total Downloads:
    150,112
  • Date Added:
    May 07, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    306
  • 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

    3.1

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 8
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 308 votes

    • 5 star 141
    • 4 star 75
    • 3 star 24
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 44
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5 stars

"Lastpass User for 2 yrs now"

February 24, 2014  |  By Rwhatsmyname

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

Secure, Stores and creates passwords for you. Has made logging in so much better since I started using it. I just wish I had found it sooner. I have saved resumes, recipes, basic info to fill out forms when signing up for any site so I do not have to manually type the exhausting info. Absolutely works wonderful for me. And the best part is the PC versions are free. I have not used the mobile side so I do not know.

Cons

Android version is $1 a month

Wish it was 100% perfect although
99.5% dependable for over 2 yrs I really can't complain.

Summary

I can not say whether any of the Mobile versions are good or not. But the Firefox version has worked like a charm for me for years. Occasional problems logging into sites and had to manual copy and paste from my vault (but found that the website and changed the address for the login page and as soon as I made my edit in my settings all was well again. I admit that this is not perfect software but I am more satisfied with this software than any other software I have used in years.

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4 stars

"The best in a mediocre field"

February 23, 2014

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

Good feature set, very flexible, relatively easy to use, easy to export, stable, doesn't use a lot of system resources. Regular updates.

Cons

A bit kludge but I tried others in this class (Dashlane) and they are worse. Tech support a bit too non-chalant

Summary

Better than others in it's class. Though imperfect; quite good enough, and better than the others.

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1 stars

"Simply not worth downloading."

February 23, 2014  |  By bigskymontana

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

No pros that I can think of.

Cons

N/A......................

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3 stars

"Still needs improving"

February 05, 2014  |  By JohnL600

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

When it works it very convenient

Cons

About 40% of the time it won't automatically sign you in so you have to go back find your password and do it manually.
I can't access the vault with Chrome. But Chrome has a lot of inconsistencies.
I use different browsers and they may all be open at the same time. I sometimes have to open it in each browser.
When I change a password sometimes it will change it in the vault and sometimes it wont. Sometimes it will just add another link so I end up with two or three different links for a site.
The biggest con is the inconsistency.

Summary

Overall I like the program. I guess I was just used to the Norton password program which worked flawlessly. Never had a problem with that one.
I haven't looked at any other programs so perhaps they all have problems. I like the idea behind Last Pass but I think it is more like a beta version.

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5 stars

"The Last Update had some Big Changes - for the better"

January 27, 2014  |  By AnnieDanny

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

Now works on almost all websites that I visit

Cons

I had to get used to how they changed things with the last update, but once I figured it out then everything was ok. I also had to change a couple of things in Settings.

Summary

It's the best Password Manager I've ever used. The last update was disconcerting but I'm happy with the improvements now that I know what's going on.

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1 stars

"Screwed up my computer do not install!"

January 13, 2014  |  By joyjazz

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

None so far

Cons

Let's see unable to reach these people if you have a question. Web only repsone. No easy uninstall. Blocks me from bringing up separate window in internet. Very unhappy. Wish I would not have bothered. Losing time trying to find a solution. Would not recommend unless you have lots of time to waste fixing it.

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5 stars

"Great password manager"

January 12, 2014  |  By hophips

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

Low cost. For less than $15/year, I got access to advenced features.

Cons

Lastpass is the first password manager I have ever used. I'm 100% satisfied. Continue such good job

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5 stars

"Works perfectly every time. What are you all on about?"

January 08, 2014  |  By Hyjuki87

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

When I open my browser, I log in once, and then forget need to enter passwords in all my other sites. To do this I was using a spreadsheet to record all my passwords (because you do forget once in a while), but now, Blam!, I am surfing about without having to keep logging in anywhere!

Cons

Some sites aren't noticed by Last Pass, and so have to key it in.

Summary

If someone wants to 'hack' my stuff, they are going to do it if I use last pass or not. If you don't have secrets or million$ to protect, why would you be so excitable about internet security? This is pure convenience and I love it

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2 stars

"The update ruined a great piece of software."

November 18, 2013  |  By mahip17

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

Its amazing software to remember passwords of day-to-day used websites! Would not trust it to save passwords of my Banks or Credit cards tho.

Cons

The update just made it MUCH harder to manually copy/paste or edit a user/password from the toolbar icon.

Summary

I would give it a 5 star if it removed the extra steps in Manually filling forms. Since its software does not fill the extra login forms on a page when auto-fill is selected.

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1 stars

"Useless now!!!"

November 05, 2013  |  By hillzforever

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 2.0.20

Pros

None whatsoever.

Cons

Whatever Lastpass did overnight, it has become useless because now I cannot log into ANYTHING!

I will be uninstalling it at the end of the day if nothing improves.

Yesterday I would have given it 5 stars. I am furious.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.20
Version 2.0.20 has added a new feature to warn you when you use a weak or duplicated password and fixed shared folder problem where fields were incorrectly being updated.
General
Publisher LastPass
Publisher web site http://lastpass.com
Release Date February 07, 2013
Date Added May 07, 2013
Version 2.0.20
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Password Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.91MB
File Name lastpass.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 150,112
Downloads Last Week 306
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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