Remembering passwords can be a nightmare. As the need for more complex and varied passwords increases, the harder they are to recall. However, within this LastPass review, you’ll see by using the password manager, LastPass this pain can be eliminated by it remembering all your passwords, so you don’t have to.
Check out my LastPass video tutorial, where I walk you through the very beginning, creating an account, adding passwords to your password manager and how to generate secure passwords. I then show you how to store online shopping profiles with payment cards and the emergency access feature!
What Is LastPass?
LastPass solves a lot of issues that users currently have with creating passwords. Security practices state that you shouldn’t re-use the same passwords, have any too simple or personal so how do you remember them all? Well, LastPass is a password manager that makes it easier to manage all your online accounts in one place.
You can generate new, secure passwords to replace any that are currently insecure and auto-fill these securely when you log in.
And in this LastPass Review, you’ll see its not just limited to storing and auto-filling passwords, you can also add secure notes, payment cards, addresses, bank accounts and so much more.
How Much Does LastPass Cost?
LastPass is free on desktops, laptops, Android, or iPhone. Plus, you can sync your passwords across these devices. There are also paid subscriptions such as Premium or Family with advanced functionality such as the Emergency Access or the ability to add more users. Any new users will receive a free trial of the premium subscription for 30 days to try out. There are also 4 business paid subscriptions available.
LastPass Family Price
LastPass Family offers everything Premium offers, but for an extra $1 you will get 6 Premium licenses with unlimited shared folders. I personally chose the ‘Families’ plan over the ‘Premium’. My partner and I run a couple of businesses together and with the help of LastPass Family, we are able to easily manage our online passwords. We’d got into a really bad habit of reusing passwords across multiple sites, mostly because there’s so many, and they were simple to remember. However, by being able to generate secure and complex passwords our accounts should now be more secure.
LastPass Business Price
LastPass for Business covers a host of features, from authentication to access to passwords. Their business subscriptions manage every entry point to your business so you can mitigate risk while improving employee productivity.
There are 4 different plans, starting from $3 per month, per user. These are plans for Teams, Enterprise, MFA and Identity. The plans vary in size and features depending on a business’ requirements.
Is LastPass Password ManagerSafe?
Nothing is ever 100% safe and LastPass was hacked back in 2015, and quite publicly had a bug that could potentially expose passwords. However, during both of these security breaches, there is no record of bugs being exploited or passwords being accessed. Users can set up two-factor authentication as an extra level of security and authenticate with fingerprint/facial recognition technology on mobile devices.
What if LastPass Gets Hacked?
LastPass doesn’t store your master password nor do they access date inside your fault. So they use what is called a ‘Zero-Knowledge” security model. So, LastPass cant decrypt your data. Therefore, if LastPass were to get hacked, you’d still be safe as the hackers. They also state that they utilise industry best practices to protect their infrastructure. They are also market-tested by 43,000 companies including Fortune 500 and leading tech enterprises.
How to Use LastPass
If you haven’t already got yourself an account, the first thing you’ll need to do is register/create one. So head over to www.lastpass.com and click “Get Free Account”.
You’ll be prompted to enter your email and Master Password. You’re Master Password is the only password you’ll need and is not stored by LastPass so ensure you make it memorable and possibly enter something into the optional reminder.
Once created, you can start saving your passwords to LastPass and create more secure passwords for any that are currently deemed as weak.
The LastPass extension is available for Google, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Brave. After you have downloaded LastPass, you’ll find the LastPass button on your toolbar.
This is where you can log in to LastPass.
Tip: If you have multiple browsers, you will need to install the extension on each of those browsers so that it syncs across all your browsers.
LastPass App for Android/iPhone
Your LastPass password manager credentials can be used across all your devices allowing you to add and pre-fill your passwords from anywhere. LastPass is available on GooglePlay, the AppStore or Windows Phone.
If you’re installing LastPass onto an iPhone or Android you’ll need to go to the Settings on your phone.
Select Passwords & Accounts and choose AutoFill Passwords
From here you will need to ensure that AutoFill Passwords is switched to “On” and LastPass is selected with a tick.
How to Login to LastPass
Once your account has been created you will want to log in to LastPass to access all the features. To login to LastPass, click onto your chrome extension or app. You will then be prompted to enter your email and master password.
To save you time, you can ask LastPass to remember your email address or password for your account. But please don’t consider this if you are using a shared computer or device.
How to Save your Passwords to LastPass
Once you have created your login, you can go ahead and start adding your passwords to LastPass. These passwords can be done manually or in bulk.
How to Import Your Passwords Into LastPass
If you already have a password manager, you can import your passwords across from a host of available sources. Which should save you manually importing these all individually.
Within your LastPass Vault, Select “More Options” from the bottom left of your screen.
Select “Advanced” and then “Import“
In the Source dropdown are all the available types you can import.
If the option isn’t on the list you may need to add your passwords manually.
How to Enter Your Passwords into LastPass
The easiest way to manually add in your passwords is by logging into the website that you’d like to add. When you have added your username and password LastPass will prompt you to save the password to its vault after you’ve successfully logged in.
Click Add and the password, username and website will be added to the LastPass vault.
When you log into the site again, LastPass will automatically enter the credentials for you, so you don’t need to remember them again!
You can also add passwords directly into your LastPass vault. To enter these, log in to your LastPass account via the website and from your dashboard click onto the + icon, under passwords.
How to Generate Passwords
Within LastPass, you can generate more secure and complex passwords for those manually created that may be deemed as weak. There are a few ways to perform this task.
Within the vault, click onto the site and then click the spanner (edit) icon. You then have the option to auto-change your password.
Please be aware that this has not been successful for me on every website and you may have to use the other method.
The other method starts with logging into the site where you would like to change your password.
The at the current password, right-click onto the field, click LastPass and select “Fill“.
The password stored within LastPass will then populate into the field. To generate a new secure password, click onto the icon in the far corner of the “New Password” field.
Then click onto “Show Options” and you can change the complexity of your password.
Tip: If this is a password that you will always automatically fill from LastPass you can go as complex as you wish. However if this is a password you will manually enter in the future you may want something more simple.
Click Fill Password once your password has been created and it should automatically populate your New Password and Confirm Password fields.
LastPass will then prompt you to ask if you want to Update the Password? Click Update.
How to Add Payment Cards to Auto-Fill on Shopping Sites
If you’d like to add credit cards so that they auto-fill when paying for things online like shopping sites. You can add your payment card details to LastPass.
Select “Payment Cards” from the left-hand side of the screen and then click onto the + icon in the bottom right of the screen.
You can then start to enter your card details and add any associated notes into the Notes field. In this example, I have added the contact number for Lost & Stolen cards.
When you then go onto a website and you are prompted to enter your card details, you will see the LastPass symbol.
From this screen, you can click onto “FILL” to automatically fill all the details from the payment card you have entered.
What is LastPast Emergency Access?
With Emergency Access, you can give someone you trust (like friends & family) access to your LastPass vault. This is a feature of the premium plan, however, is free for you to try as part of the 30-day premium trial.
To provide a contact with access to your LastPass account, click onto the + icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Then enter their email address in the setup screen.
You then have a wait time that you can select from the dropdown list.
If your emergency contact requests access to your account it will send you an email and a timer starts. In the below example, you have 48hrs to respond. If you don’t respond within this timeframe the contact will have access to your account.
When you have adjusted the Wait Time you can “Send Invite“.