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]
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.
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
- 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.
- Passwords are stored online and not locally.
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.
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.