Review: LastPass App

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.

In spite of recent hacks (think Target), you may be leery of ‘the cloud’. If password frustration outweighs cloud security concerns, however, you may want to consider LastPass.

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.

LastPass

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.

Jake S. Nelson

Jake S. Nelson

Jake is an advocate of all things technology, music, and food. Time spent writing is never time wasted. If he's not perusing the offerings of new restaurants or cocktail lounges you can find him, pen to paper, doing just that. He likes long walks on the beach but prefers to watch Game of Thrones with company and Cabernet. Always reads the book first, also a comedian, take him seriously at your own risk.
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Jake is an advocate of all things technology, music, and food. Time spent writing is never time wasted. If he's not perusing the offerings of new restaurants or cocktail lounges you can find him, pen to paper, doing just that. He likes long walks on the beach but prefers to watch Game of Thrones with company and Cabernet. Always reads the book first, also a comedian, take him seriously at your own risk.


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