At a Glance
- Easy to use
- Doesn’t bother you unnecessarily
- Vault’s interface is bland
Auto-fill forms and Web logins on all your usual PCs with this excellent freebie.
Remembering all of your passwords may not seem difficult…until
you think about just how many passwords you have. One for each
email account. One for each bank account. One for each shopping
site. The list goes on, and on. If you want to make your life
simple, you can choose the same password for every account. But if
you want to keep things secure while making life simple, you need a
password manager like LastPass.
LastPass is one of those handy utilities that doesn’t bother
you; in fact, you may barely notice it at all until you need it.
Once you install LastPass, you must create an account, which
requires selecting a master password for accessing LastPass. And
then you’re up and running. LastPass is visible only as a gray icon
in your browser bar, which changes to an easily-visible red if
you’re logged in to the app. (You can opt to stay logged in when
you close your browser if you’re using a secure PC.)
As you browse the Web, LastPass springs into action when you
enter a username and password into any kind of Web form. A
drop-down menu bar asks if you’d like LastPass to save the login
info, which you can assign to a group. When you return to that
site, LastPass automatically enters the login info for you.
LastPass is a cloud-based password manager, as it syncs your
encrypted data with its servers, but also saves an encrypted backup
copy on your local machine.
LastPass offers a vault where you can organize and view
information about your logins. You can see when you last accessed
sites and can view your login info and assess its strength. If you
want to change your Web passwords, but don’t want to generate your
own, LastPass will generate strong passwords for you–and using
LastPass means you don’t have to worry about remembering a randomly
generated password on your own.
LastPass keeps its focus solely on passwords, even though it
does offer additional features, much like rival Roboform. Both
offer the ability to fill in online forms with just a click, and a
feature that lets you store information in password-protected
notes. But LastPass’s does so without hassling the user quite as
much, which makes it easier to use, and handier in the end.
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit
versions. This is the 32-bit version. If your 64-bit PC is running
a 64-bit OS, please download the 64-bit