LastPass is a free password manager that was primarily built for web browsers but is now available on most devices including iOS and Android. LastPass creates a Master Password and then stores a user’s different passwords for different sites. It is useful for people who are forgetful or have too many accounts online to keep track. The advantage of LastPass over others is that most of the useful features that it has can be easily accessed via a free account. You can sync it on multiple operating systems on one device like Windows, Mac and Linux or iOS, Android or Windows but in order to sync it on multiple devices, you need to pay up.
How does Lastpass work and how to use it?
You have to download the LastPass software and install it. If you are an existing user you know the drill. If you are a new user, then you first have to create a strong master password that no one will be able to guess. You will also be prompted for a password hint. Make it very cryptic and something that is unique to you. You can find a list of such questions on Google if you have no idea what question to give.
LastPass has thankfully come up with a new option to provide you with a one-time recovery password in an encrypted manner and then send it to your email id for safekeeping. This is much better than the old days when you would have to get the program uninstalled and then installed again, by chance if you had lost the password as well as the password hint accompanying it.
As soon as you are done LastPass integrates with the browser you use most and then starts storing your passwords. As soon as it is done, the passwords are locked away, and you only have one master password for logging into any website of your choice. This is the password you created at the beginning. LastPass also provides added functions like it disposes of the passwords that are in not so secure locations elsewhere on your computer or any Internet site.
Through the password vault, you can log in anytime and arrange your passwords in accordance with necessity. The sites and their passwords are stored securely in the LastPass security vault. You can perform bulk actions like moving them into folders or just deleting them.
LastPass also has a useful feature where you can pass on your passwords to your contacts in case of any accidents. There is a wait time after which the user you designate will receive or can gain access to your passwords. If by chance, the user tries to access it before the time lapses, you will be notified. You can also modify your ‘People I Trust’ list.
Another important feature is the shared password function. If there is something that you share with other people, then you have to share its password, if there is any. For example, a joint bank account in your name and your partner’s. In that case, you can choose to share the password for free and easy access. In both the cases where the password can be shared or passed on, it is essential to remember that the recipient must also have LastPass in order to get it.
In short, you can store login names and passwords, credit card info for quicker checkout after shopping, you can also save documents and PDFs for secure and accessible viewing, and with the Premium account, you can do anything you want. Sync it across devices so that you do not need passwords for phones or PCs, just the master password for LastPass would do, thereby, reducing hassle and confusion.
You can also get the web form filling option in LastPass, which is of great help if you have to fill in a lot of information but of the same nature repeatedly. The multifactor security is also a great addition that one can avail for added security. In the unfortunate event, where your profile has been hacked, this system comes into play. It is a double protection that is offered by various plugins. For example, Toopher sends you a push notification on your phone once the master password has been entered. You will have to pass both the authentication checks in order to access the account.
So, this is a detailed process of how LastPass works and how you can use it to protect your passwords with ease. It has a very good rating as a robust and reliable password manager in the security industry. Does not hurt to try.