When managing an online business, one thing became prominent after a while. You have to handle so many user accounts, from WordPress to Facebook, it’s easy to mix things up. How do you remember all your passwords on a daily basis without having to reset everything all over again? In this review, we’ll show you why LastPass is the smart solution to this problem.
What Is LastPass?
Established in 2008, LastPass is a password management service which helps users to store passwords data in the cloud. The smart software is used in more than 100 countries worldwide and it is a popular management tool for big companies like Amazon as well as small business owners and online marketers.
How Does LastPass Remember All Your Passwords?
To use LastPass, you must first download the application to your computer. If you find this troublesome, you can just add an extension/plugin through your web browser. Since I prefer the convenient way of doing things, I have added the software using the Chrome extension.
Upon successful installation, you’ll be prompted to create an account with LastPass and a Master Password to get access to all your account information. This is the only time you have to physically remember a password because if you lose it, the software will not be able to retrieve all the data.
There are two ways to store a password; 1) Add a site manually to LastPass or 2) Browse the site and save the password on the fly. In this example, I am at the login page of my Facebook account. If you look closely at the username and password columns, you’ll see an asterisk symbol on the right hand side.
When clicked, a pop-up screen containing all the vital account information would show up. I simply click save and all this data will be stored automatically into my LastPass account. The same steps work for other sites too so as you go along signing in/out of any online user accounts, LastPass will prompt you about saving the passwords. Besides that, you can also store passwords from ‘offline’ accounts such as your bank, insurance and credit card information.
Inside LastPass, all the data can be organized into specific folders so that you’ll know where to retrieve them. Super convenient, right?
Now, do you know that a strong password is usually made up from a combination of letters, symbols and numbers? This is certainly not something that’s easy to create, much less remember. Fortunately, LastPass has a feature called ‘Generate Password’ that can help you come up with various ‘strong’ combination so that you don’t have to crack your head thinking about it.
As shown in the image above, you can choose the length, the type of characters and generate the password with just one click. From now on, you’ll just have to remember one main password to enter your LastPass user account and the software will automatically ‘remember’ all the other complicated passwords for you.
Pretty cool, uh?
How Much Does LastPass Cost?
The basic package is free for download. It provides unlimited browser sync, password generator and multi-factor authentication. As a single end-user, these basic features are more than sufficient to keep your online business accounts organized.
If you wish to have added security and technical support, you can always upgrade to the LastPass Premium account for $12/year. If you have a bigger team, then consider using LastPass Enterprise at the minimum cost of $24/user.
How Safe Is LastPass?
By now, you are probably thinking if this software is protected from password hackers. Well, they do have quite a sophisticated technology to make it hacking-proof and you can read more about it at their technical page OR jump over to the reader-friendly version here. LastPass also offers an extensive topic about privacy and software matters on their support site, so I would recommend that you take the time to read if you are doubtful about the software security.
So, Is LastPass Worthy of Your Time?
- How strong are your online passwords?
- Have any of your accounts been hacked before as a result of using a vulnerable password?
- How often have you lost your passwords, fail to retrieve them and force to create your accounts all over again?
- How much time have you wasted trying to fix these frustrating situations?
Taking these into consideration, wouldn’t it be great to have a software that can help you store and organized all this data without losing your accounts (and your sanity)? User privacy and internet safety are very important in the online world and it all starts with creating strong passwords and the ability to keep them safe. By using a smart software like LastPass, you can be more reassured that your online activities are secure and easier to manage.
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Do you have any thoughts or questions about using LastPass? We would love to hear about it in the comment below.