Passwords. An essential, yet evil, necessity. A thousand devices, a million pass codes, security questions, PINs and the like go with them. Register your new credit card to that Pinterest ‘buy’ button? Forgot your 9 character/1 capital/1 symbol login key? Sorry, Charlie.
LastPass is simple. It runs encryption technology on your profiles to look for weaknesses. It then generates complicated passwords for your profiles and stores them on site in a virtual vault. This means automatic login to your LastPass account via master password (still one to remember), for access to any/all services you want to utilize. Information is stored succinctly and risk free.
Recommended minimum length of a master password is 12 characters with both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Download the plugin (a browser specific version will be recommended at this stage), and open through the add-on. It should appear right in your browser.
Rated an average of 4.75/5 there’s little to complain about. Any negative ratings come from sub par customer service. Additionally, authentication can be cumbersome (codes sent to phones, etc.) but considering the wealth of information stored and ease of use, these hiccups are worth it for most users.
The free version comes with basic desktop access. Premium is offered for $12/yr and gives access to LastPass on mobile devices as well. There’s also an Enterprise level for businesses where admins are able to implement password requirements, share team/individual specific information, and track system activity. Pricing is tiered (three levels) on a per employee, yearly, basis from 1-10,000 employees. Custom quotes offered as well.
We’d love to hear what tips and tricks you have for managing passwords or if there’s another password app you prefer.
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