LastPass – The “Last” Password to Remember

June 28, 2011

Do you ever get tired of having to remember dozens or even hundreds of passwords for all of your different logins? What if you just had to remember one password for everything? Well with LastPass it is now possible. LastPass is a program that allows you to keep an online vault securely encrypted with all your passwords and logins. LastPass can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and most mobile devices, and integrates with most Internet browsers.

With LastPass integrated into your browser you simply login to LastPass once your browser starts. Then, as you go to different websites, all of your credentials will be automatically loaded to make it easier and faster for you to login. If you visit new websites, LastPass will prompt you to save the information into your secure LastPass vault.  This has the added benefit of syncing your password data across all of your computers and devices.  LastPass also has the ability to generate strong passwords for you.

Here is an example of LastPass in action – you are shopping for gifts online and end up finding one on Amazon.com, a website which you haven’t bought anything from before. When you create your account, you can have LastPass generate a random and strong password for you and store it. When it comes time to retrieve the password LastPass will automatically fill in your name, address and credit card information saving you lots of time. With the ability to generate random passwords, you can then have random, strong, different passwords for all of your websites. The only password you have to remember is your LastPass password, hence the name, the “last” password you will ever have to remember.

As far as security, LastPass is incredibly secure, much more than other similar services. For example, if you have your Internet browser store your usernames and passwords, they can be found out by anyone who has access to your computer. LastPass not only stores them securely, but the way it works not even the people who work for LastPass can access your passwords. It is absolutely encrypted and safeguarded and nobody can access any information without your LastPass master password.

This brings up a very important point – your LastPass master password should be a long, random, securely generated password as your vault will contain all of your personal information. It is important to have this password secured, as there is no way to retrieve it. Emerson Technologies recommends using Microsoft’s password checker to make sure you have a strong password and here is an article on choosing a strong password. Make sure that your master password is at least 14 characters long as well. It might seem like a very long password, but it is protecting all of your information!

LastPass is a free service if you only use it integrated into your web browsers, but if you want the ability to use it on most mobile devices it costs $1.00 per month. After you use it for a while and see how much time it will save, you will find it is well worth the cost.

Lastly, here is a short demo video that shows LastPass in action.

If you have any questions about LastPasss or if you would like any assistance in getting it setup, please give us a call at 651-454-7229 and we would be happy to assist you.

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