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Managing passwords is a tricky job, especially when you have a very long list. In most circumstances what people do is, either they use same passwords repeatedly or note down all the passwords on a text file. But these are very bad practices and should be avoided. To eliminate such blunders, now we get many password managers. They help us to remember the passwords and securely store them so that it doesn’t get into wrong hands.

Today I will write about once such password manager called Lastpass. I believe it is the best password manager and hopefully after reading this article you will also start to believe the same.

A little more about LastPass

As we are introduced to new sites and technologies our password stack is also kept increasing every day. Passwords from your email accounts, various social networks like facebook and twitter, bank accounts are notable few. So it is increasingly getting harder to remember all these passwords. Even a guy with sharpest of memory will struggle to memories all the passwords. In this situation Lastpass comes in handy.

Lastpass is an online password manager which stores all the passwords securely. If we have Lastpass installed on the system then we just have to remember only one password, and that is the Lastpass master password. After that whenever we visit any site the Lastpass will fill up the login details and we don’t have to bother about those long and complicated passwords any more. The best thing about Lastpass is it is cross-platform and cross- browser password manager. It also supports mobile platform.

There are much more features in Lastpass than just storing the passwords. Below I have touched upon few of them.

Features of LastPass

Online Password Manager– Lastpass, being an online password manager has an advantage. That means you can access your password from anywhere and any system. The drawback with the offline password managers is you cannot access your password from any other system except the one in which you have stored all your passwords. But with Lastpass there is no such problem. You just need to install Lastpass on the new system, type the master password and voila you get all your passwords.

One Master Password & Single Click Login– If you use Lastpass you don’t have to remember all your passwords, you just need to remember one password, the master password. With that you access all you the passwords in the password vault. Lastpass installs as a browser extension and enables you to log in to a site with a single click. So you don’t need to manually type in your login details because Lastpass will automatically fill it up for you. It is extremely easy to use and saves much time.

Import and Export Passwords– Lastpass is very flexible and user friendly. You can easily import password form all the leading password managers. Not only import but you can also export all your passwords to text file or even Firefox password manager.

Password Generator– Not only storing but Lastpass can also generate strong and secure password for you. Most of the time we use quite common passwords or something that can be easily compromised. To eliminate such mistakes Lastpass help us to generate strong passwords that are difficult to break.

Store Secure Notes– Not only passwords the Lastpass vault is quite capable to store your confidential text files also. Many times we have a confidential text file and we don’t know where to store it. Lastpass is just the answer for such situation. Simple store you file in the Lastpass vault and keep it safe.

Automatic Form Filling– Lastpass also has form filler that helps you to automatically fill up the forms. Honestly speaking filling forms can be bit monotonous but with the help of Lastpass’ form filler now you can eliminate that monotonous job with just a single click. You can create different profiles and fill up the personal details accurately and safely.

Virtual Keyboard/One Time Passwords/Phishing Protection– Lastpass takes great care to protect your log in details. It has many security features available to keep you and your passwords safe. It has a virtual keyboard to protect against

keyloggers. Just enter the login details with the help of mouse and the virtual keyboard and the keylogger will not be able to log the sequence. Another security feature is the one time password. If you are using any untrusted computer or untrusted network then access your vault using the one time password without revealing the actual master password. The third security feature is the phishing protection. Many times by mistake we enter our login details on a phishing websites and our login details get compromised. But with the help of Lastpass we can eliminate that. It has a phishing protection that will not fill in the login details on any phishing websites.

Access LastPass on the go– The flexibility and usability of LastPass increases with the fact that it has specific mobile applications for all the mobile platforms. LastPass mobile application is available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian S60, HP WebOS and Blackberry OS. Now you can easily view, add, edit and delete you data on LastPass account while you are on the go. All the platform applications have an inbuilt browser that helps to login to sites easily.

Multifactor authentication– With the help of multifactor authertication, now you can further secure your LastPass data. A USB thumb drive or YubiKey can be used as a second factor while accessing LastPass vault.

Conclusion

Lastpass is secure, effective and easy to use password manager. The best part of it is it offers many more features than just storing password. Cross-platform, cross-browser and high security features certainly make it number one password manager. It is certainly a must have extension for every web browser.

 

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