With two years of LastPass experience under my belt, I know the ins and outs. Our team at ASecureLife.com uses this password manager and we are able to share passwords amongst each other and also generate strong, secure passwords for all of our accounts. We all have dozens of passwords for work, online bills, shopping accounts, social media accounts and other websites that we need help remembering. But is LastPass really the last password we need to remember? I’ll tell you all about my experience with LastPass in this LastPass Review.
LastPass is true to its name because it really is the last password you will ever need to remember. But be careful! If you forget your LastPass password you will struggle with signing into your accounts, unless you happen to remember the individual random passwords for each website! Although you can recover your LastPass password, they make it very difficult so your password cannot easily land in the hands of a criminal. Read our LastPass review to learn the basics and find out why we love this service so much.
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What does LastPass do?
LastPass is a web-based password manager that securely stores all of your passwords, usernames and other form fill data that you ask it to remember so that you’ll never have to remember a password again. All of your information is stored in your Last Pass Vault so you can access it with your master password whenever you choose. It is available on your computer for free, as well as your smartphone.
How does LastPass work?
LastPass is pretty easy to sign up for. Follow these four steps on your computer and you’ll save yourself time and headache.
- Sign up for a free LastPass account online (Sign Up Here for FREE)
- Setup your account with your email address and a strong, complex master password (Password security tip: make it at least 12 characters long and include both upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters for maximum security). This is the only password you will have to remember.
- Download the LastPass plugin to your browser. (We suggest downloading the version recommended for your specific browser).
- After creating your account, LastPass will appear as an add-on in your browser (see below). Here, you can log in once with your master password and while signed in it will auto-fill all your passwords for you automatically. The browser plug in also has a shortcut to your vault of existing passwords and tool for generating new, super secure password in the future.
For example, if you are logging into your email through your web browser LastPass will have a bar pop up across the top of your screen saying, “Should LastPass remember this password?” You have three choices: Never For This, Not Now or Save Site. Select one and then it will prompt you to the next step. Once you save a website’s username and password, LastPass will automatically fill in the login information when you return to that website.
- Syncs with multiple devices and platforms (iPhone, Android, Linux, Mac, Windows, etc.).
- Works with many browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari).
- Mobile version
- Form fill allows you to save credit/debit card information, addresses, bank accounts, driver's license, contact information and more for faster form completion.
- Generates long, complex passwords for you so they are more difficult to hack.
- Securely share and send login information to other LastPass users (great for work!).
- Prompts you to save new usernames and passwords as you browse the web.
- Live chat would be helpful for support.
- Setting up multi-factor authentication can be tricky (requiring a code sent to your smartphone for example). But, it's worth it for the added security.
- Bad reputation when it comes to customer service.
- Does not work well on the Kindle.
- FREE: This is the basic, entry-level platform and it’s free for everyone. This level also now includes mobile access.
- Premium: If you are satisfied with the service or want the added value of multifactor authentication, desktop application passwords and shared folders with customized permissions then you can upgrade to LastPass Premium for $12 per year.
- Enterprise: LastPass Enterprise pricing is for businesses. Admins are able to enforce specific password requirements, share sites across teams and individuals and track system activity for auditing purposes. It is priced as follows:
- 1-100 employees – $24/user per year
- 101-1,000 employees $20/user per year
- 1,001-10,000 employees $18/user per year
- More than 10,000 employees – contact LastPass for a custom quote.
LastPass reviews: is LastPass safe?
Although we here at ASecureLife.com have had great experience with LastPass and are completely addicted to it doesn’t mean everyone else has had the same experience. See what other LastPass users think of the universal password manager.
“I’ve got this app on my PC and iPhone, and it’s a great way to keep all my passwords updated and available on ALL my devices.
Just remember to not set it to ‘remember’ the master password on mobile devices–that way, if the device is lost, no one can get access to your passwords.” – Steve, Amazon 1/5/13
“I’ve tried them (password managers) all but Last Pass is the best in my opinion. It does everything it says it will do and does it well.” – You Don’t Say, CNET 6/2/14
“I saw that LastPass was listed on Amazon as a free app, so I downloaded and installed it. As soon as I started using it, a message popped up saying I had 14 days left on my free trial. A free app and a free trial aren’t the same thing. I uninstalled the app based on its deceptive description. I don’t have a problem with paying for apps, but I do have a problem with deceit.” – Anonymous, Amazon 6/18/14
“Occasionally I have to manually modify password/ID combination.” – Configurator5517, CNET 5/9/14
Video: why use LastPass?
This video from LastPass provides several reasons why you should consider using LastPass.
Below are some of the key features you’ll want to know about Last Pass.
- LastPass Vault: Stores all of your precious usernames and passwords as well as any other data you set LastPass to remember.
- LastPass Security Challenge: Checks your progress for online security and shows you areas you can improve in to enhance your online safety.
- Multifactor (2-Factor) Authentication: There are two ways this can be done. One, a code is sent to your phone via text when you’re signing into your LastPass account to make your profile even more secure. You login with both your LastPass password and the code that was text to you. Two, download the Authenticator app onto your smartphone and it will generate a six digit code that changes every 30 seconds (give or take) so the characters are never the same. Again, you will login with your LastPass password and then enter the six digit code that appears on the app. Both options make it so hackers cannot gain access to your LastPass account without the second login.
- Password Generating Tool: Another great feature of Lastpass is their generator tool (see below) that generates long, complex passwords for you so they are more difficult to hack. You can select length and types of characters, and other options like making it a pronounceable. Then store the new pw in your vault, all without leaving the current sign up/log in screen you are on.
Other password managers
LastPass isn’t you’re only option for an online password manager. Others include 1Password, Dashlane, Keepass, Roboform and more. We have a comparison article that you should check out to see how LastPass stacks up against the competition: Best Password Manager: LastPass vs Dashlane vs 1Password vs Roboform vs Keepass.
Caution when using password managers
Although password managers protect your secret data, there can still be issues with them. Any password manager can obtain bugs that allow attackers to remotely access passwords with no proof that anything was taken. These bugs can later be detected by the password manager, but by the time that happens numerous passwords can be stolen. It’s important to note that bugs can affect all password managers, but using a password manager is still way safer than not using one. Password managers getting a bug doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s not easy or fun. Fortunately, I have not experienced this issue with my last two years of LastPass usage.
Should you get LastPass?
If you are an avid user of the internet and require multiple logins to various websites on a regular basis, then yes! Simple as that. It has saved me tons of time and made my online profiles more secure. Instead of using the same password for each account (#1 no-no for online security!), I now have complex passwords with various characters that makes it difficult for hackers to obtain. Before LastPass, I had a document with all of my passwords and usernames listed in it, just waiting to get into the wrong person’s hands. Fortunately, that document no longer exists and LastPass has taken its place. LastPass has helped me with my social media profiles, emails, work applications, blogs, shopping sites and many other websites. To be honest, I’m not sure how I survived without it. While there are some other password managers out there that offer many of the same features, I am a big fan of LastPass.
Do you have experience with LastPass or another password manager? Let us know your experience!