LastPass Review – Cloud Based Password Manager

Password Manager:
Alan Tay
Price:
Free

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5 Stars
On December 7, 2011
Last modified:June 28, 2012

Summary:

LastPass is a password manager, but not just a simple password manager simply because it is a cloud-based password manager.

LastPass is a password manager, but not just a simple password manager simply because it is a cloud-based password manager. Lots of applications today are going towards cloud computing concept and it is no surprise to see another cloud based application with a different concept.

I would not waste too much time on the introduction of password manager or this product. I think the first paragraph says it all and let’s move on to see what it can offer to us as an end user. [Read: The Importance of a Strong Password]

First Impression

LastPass comes with a lot of types of installer simply because it supports multiple browsers. As for me, I downloaded the Universal Windows Installer where it supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

It is only a 10 MB file and it does not take too long for the download to complete. I got everything installed without any issue in between. I learned how to use the entire product in less than 15 minutes without reading any tutorials. So I would conclude that it gives me a good first impression.

Let’s take a look at its features, shall we? [Read: 25 Password That You Should Not Use…Not For Any Accounts]

Features of LastPass

There are plenty of features in LastPass and these are just the highlights which I think will be important to most people

1. Stop remembering passwords

The name LastPass means that it is going to be the last password that you are going to remember. Every other passwords will be unlocked using this master password of your LastPass. As a result, using LastPass will ensure you have unique passwords for every account without the hassle of remembering them.

2. Automatic form filling

One thing cool about this product is it automatically fill in the username and password as soon as you completely load the page. If the form is not fill, it will also prompt the auto-fill function for you to perform the automatic form filling. This greatly reduce your work on typing the same username over and over again on different pages. [Read: Do You Let Your Web Browser to Remember Your Password?]

3. Generate strong password

LastPass provides the feature for you to generate a strong password. This means that you don’t have to think of your very own strong password or use other password generator. It is a complete password manager so far.

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4. Use your password everywhere

Typical desktop password manager has the disadvantage where you cannot use it when you are not on your PC. But for a cloud based password manager, it is different. You can access your LastPass vault to get your password for those accounts that you saved with LastPass. This gives you an advantage to access your accounts anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. [Read: 7 Tips for a Better Online Banking Security]

Pros and Cons of LastPass

The Pros

  • It helps you to remember your password.
  • You can access your password anywhere.
  • Auto fill your forms.
  • Supports many types of browser.
  • The cost is as low as Free.

The Cons

  • Passwords are stored online and not locally.

Ratings

Installation – 5.0/5.0

I don’t encounter any installation problem. It is also quite fast and I can start using it in less than 10 minutes of installation process.

Support – 4.0/5.0

They don’t provide support for free edition. However, points are given to them since they provide it in the Premium edition. There isn’t really any need of support here for this simple software by the way.

Usability – 4.5/5.0

At first when I tried to use only certain sites with LastPass, I kept getting the message that ask me to save my credentials into LastPass. I don’t want to save everything in LastPass and that is why I find the reminder kind of annoying. It is only a good feature if I want to commit 100% to LastPass. As for the usage, I find it simple to learn and everything is pretty straight forward.

Security 4.5/5.0

I don’t feel comfortable keeping everything on people’s database although they are encrypted. The security to keep the data confidential is there and don’t get me wrong on that. It is just about storing my most valuable stuff into someone’s private safe. [Read: 5 Free Online Security Tools That Everyone Must Know]

Overall – 4.5/5.0

I would give LastPass a very high rating for a password manager. I just don’t like the concept of storing password online and other than that, LastPass is fantastic. I would use LastPass for all my accounts except for my internet banking accounts…which is what I am doing at the moment. By using LastPass, I not only have super strong password for my all my accounts, I also don’t even need to remember them.

 

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Comments

  1. Chris Ginni says:

    I prefer to use RoboForm, but Last Pass is also okay.

  2. Kannan
    Twitter:
    says:

    Great program,great review!

  3. Dory Zidon says:

    Hi Man,

    Great Review! Very comprehensive.
    Another couple of issues with LastPass:
    1) UI isn’t uniform – each browser looks different and behaves slightly different. Sometime blue, sometimes green, sometimes yellow. We found it rather annoying.
    2) It accesses each password over the cloud, meaning you pay with a small latency each time. Like you said you do not like the idea of keeping your passwords in the cloud.
    3) LastPass isn’t free, if you want to use it on the mobile, you have to pay and today it includes some ads. We feel that you really do not want ads where your passwords reside. (again just our opinion and feel).

    I would like to suggest you look at SafeWallet – http://www.sbsh.net
    1) We offer a similar UI experience to LastPass, but much more uniform and much less clutter. Our UI is consistent everywhere. Advance features were added to our standalone client.
    2) Also like Roboform we run against a local file that can be synced, should you want to do that. We offer a smooth UI and a local secure file.
    3) Our mobile clients are very powerful, have been featured on the markets and include many more features than our competitors. Historically we are a mobile development company, so we have a lot to contribute there.

    If you want a complimentary license to drop me a line and I’d be more than happy to provide you with a one!
    I would love to see what you think of our software:
    SafeWallet Password Manager

    Cheers
    Dory

    • Alan Tay says:

      Hi Dory

      Thanks for the offer on the SafeWallet. I will contact you via email when I am on the right time to explore more. It should be end of this month or beginning of next month ;)

      I’m interested because I about to purchase LastPass premium to test the Mobile part for Android. Will keep in touch

  4. Dory Zidon says:

    Sounds great.
    We are in the midst of a few major changes to our app to make it even better and easier.
    We are also about to Release an Android Tablet version too!
    Ping me when you want to test drive our app, I’ll give you a complimentary license for whatever you’d need :)

    Cheers
    D.

  5. Tan
    Twitter:
    says:

    I think the main problem is you need to have internet connection. Okay, your broadband available 99.9%, but another concern is what if behind the great firewall when you travel to China.
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    • Alan Tay says:

      Well, I think internet is not an issue. Since this password managers only works on web applications. Unless you want to save password for your local web application, then this software might not fit.

  6. Stephan Hilson says:

    Last pass seems a very useful tool. But I haven’t tried to use online services since I prefer more privacy. As for generating strong passwords, I use a certain website to help me generate random passwords that I need. Thanks for the informative review, which is very helpful.

    • Alan Tay says:

      Hi Stephan, I guess you are right about the privacy. Me too do not rely too much on it especially my internet banking passwords. It is difficult to build an application that can conquer the world ;)

  7. ha14 says:

    Nice review many will like Last Pass, they also alert users in case they detect something wrong on their server, LastPass provides simple way to use different strong passwords for every site you need to authenticate to; thats cool practice password.

  8. Sandra
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    says:

    While I love the idea of having a password manager and creator, the idea of having the passwords stored online seems to defeat the purpose. Curious to know what might be worrisome about using the browser’s built in password storage? That’s what I use and have had no problems. I use Chrome browser. Thanks.
    Sandra recently posted..Vengeance Is MineMy Profile

  9. Chuck says:

    You wrote: ■Passwords are stored online and not locally.

    That’s not true. An encrypted copy is stored locally on any computer that you install LastPass on. So your pwds are available even whan offline. and all copies are synchronised automatically when you’re online.

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