Anybody that has accounts on multiple websites has probably suffered the frustration of having to create complex passwords for every website they frequent. Adding to the frustration is of course having to remember all those passwords. Worse yet, some of us use the same passwords for multiple sites, thus increasing the risk of being hacked in multiple places if one site password is compromised. Please tell me that you don’t do that. 🙂
LastPass**** is here to help ease your password pains.
LastPass is a multi-platform and online password vault that takes most of the hassle of managing passwords off your shoulders. I’m amazed that more people don’t know about this service, especially since it’s largely free.
Here are some of the great things about LastPass:
- Remember only one Master Password to unlock LassPass, and let LastPass remember the rest for you.
- You can use LastPass online…meaning you can access your password vault from any web enabled computer you trust.
- LastPass supports all the most popular browsers and allows for “automagic” login to most websites. (I’ve had a few instances where the site used a popup for login or an Adobe Flash form, and LastPass did not recognize these as password forms, but it’s pretty rare).
- LastPass recognizes when a new website is asking you to register a password, and provides a simple to use strong password generator to keep things simple.
- LastPass is not only useful on computers, but also on Tablets and Mobile phones via the LastPass App. Now all your website passwords are synchronized across all your devices. (Note: There is a small annual fee for Mobile device use.)
In a nutshell, we find LastPass to be an extremely useful utility for managing the many website passwords we accumulate, and the level of functionality is amazing for a free product. The small annual fee they ask for supporting mobile devices is very small indeed compared to the daily usefulness of this tool.
One note: Despite my confidence in their security, encryption capability and stability as a company, I am still not willing to store my bank passwords with any third party, including LastPass, and I suggest that approach to others. Better safe than sorry.