LastPass

Category Network Security
Reviewed by Nitish Singh
Updated Dec 8th, ’21

Tekpon Score

9.3

Users Score

7.5

Last Pass Review

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LastPass is a popular password manager solution. It not only lets you store your passwords but also other digital assets. You can save your credit card information, home address, and additional vital information without the fear of them being stolen. It utilizes widespread 256-bit AES encryption and does most of the work locally. Moreover, it also comes with a seamless user interface and a powerful password generator that is customizable based on your needs. Let’s explore more about LastPass in our LastPass review.

UI/UX

9.3

Ease of use

9.5

Value for Money

9.3

Features

9.4

Customer Support

9.0
Pricing Details

Starting from: $4/month

Pricing Model: per user

Yes, has free trial

Yes, has free version

PROs
  • LastPass free version is impressive
  • Excellent user interface
  • Strong security features
  • Offers vault tour when you use it for the first time
  • Impressive password generator
  • Multi-access device syncing
CONs
  • They can improve customer support
  • Price slightly on the higher side
  • Occasional downtime
Best for
  • Personal
  • Family
  • Small business
  • StartUps
  • Medium business
Deployment
  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-Based
  • Mobile - Android
  • Mobile - iPhone
  • Mobile - iPad
  • Desktop - Windows
  • Desktop - Mac
  • On-Premise - Windows
  • On-Premise - Linux

LastPass – Your Password Manager

Have you ever wondered how to store your password effectively? If you do, then surely have heard about password management software. LastPass is one of the popular password management that fall under password management solutions. Having a strong password is one thing, but storing them is another thing. On top of that, there are multiple sites for which you need to store unique passwords.

Password managers like LastPass make it easy for you to manage your password. LastPass offers an extensive set of features that let you efficiently manage your password and do online activities such as shopping and banking easily. It also comes with a robust free password generator which ensures strong password creation for maximum protection. Apart from that, you can also utilize LastPass to store digital records such as Wi-Fi passwords, memberships, and insurance cards.

LastPass also comes with the Chrome LastPass extension. This means you can use it on your browser with ease. Let’s explore more about it in our LastPass review.

What is LastPass?

LastPass is a free password manager built for modern web users. It utilizes a freemium model, giving access to a free product along with paid option. LastPass makes it easy for anyone to manage their digital life as it not only lets you store passwords and digital assets such as memberships, insurance cards, and Wi-Fi passwords. So, if you are a single user who utilizes a single type of device, you can use their free plan. For multi-device users, LastPass offers paid options.

LastPass also caters to both personal users as well as businesses. Companies can utilize LastPass to create seamless access points for their employees without worrying about credential or information theft. To ensure proper collaborative features, it does offer effortless sharing of passwords and notes. The Business plan also offers administrator controls, federation login, and properly customizable security policies. LastPass is smart enough to generate strong passwords for you. It randomizes passwords using its free password generators. LastPass automatically saves the generated password.

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How to use LastPass?

There are two ways you can utilize LastPass, depending on the type of device you are using. The first way is to use it directly in your browser. Using it on your browser can directly access the LastPass vault for passwords and digital assets.

Browser

The steps to use LastPass in the browser are as below:

  • The first step is to get the LastPass browser extension.
  • You can get it from your respective browser store. For example, if you use Chrome, you need to go to Chrome Web Store and download the extension. You can also go to LastPass and click on Get LastPass Free, and you will be diverted to the respective browser store. Right now, LastPass supports extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. For example, if you are using Chrome, you will get redirected to the LastPass Chrome extension.
  • Once downloaded, you will now be asked to create a strong master password. The master password is essential, and you need to remember it! Try to create a memorable passphrase that is strong and easy to remember.
  • Next, you need to add passwords to the LastPass password manager vault. To do so, simply add sites. You can also let LastPass save the password as you log in. You can also opt to import sites from other password managers or your email.

On Your Device

Another method of using LastPass is to install it on your device. LastPass offers an easy-to-use mobile app. The LastPass mobile app lets you manage your password from one place. The steps to use LastPass on your device is as below:

  • Download the irrespective LastPass app for your mobile device. So, if you are using an iPhone, you need to download the LastPass app from AppStore. Similarly, for Android phones, you need to download the LastPass app from Google Play. The LastPass app is also available on Windows Phone.
  • Once downloaded and installed, you need to log in to your account.
  • If you do not have an account, you can create a new account and set a master password. Make sure that the master password is robust and easy to remember.
  • Now add the sites. You can also set the app to store passwords as you open new sites and input your password.

How does LastPass work?

LastPass is a modern password manager that lets you manage your password automatically. The general rule of thumb is to have a unique password for every account. Unfortunately, doing so also means having multiple strong passwords to remember that are unique to each other. LastPass replaces the need to remember or note down passwords in your diary and gives you a quick and secure way to store and access your passwords.

When it comes to how LastPass works, it is no different than other traditional password managers. Instead, it hosts a secure vault that is protected by high-standard encryption. You can use the vault to not only store passwords but also digital assets. To access the vault, you need a master password — which you can set when first setting up LastPass. In general, you should use a strong password and one that is easy for you to remember. Without it, you cannot access the LastPass vault.

The three key things that you should keep in your mind while creating your master password include:

  • Make sure you create a memorable yet strong master password.
  • Your master password should be unique and is not used anywhere else. 
  • In no circumstances should you forget your master password? If you forget it, then your vault is locked forever. You can think of the master password as LastPass Login.

As mentioned earlier, LastPass achieves a high level of security using a robust encryption algorithm. It utilizes AES-256 bit encryption along with the popular SHA-256. Moreover, it also utilizes salted hashes to make sure that it further strengthens the vault security. LastPass also utilizes local-only encryption, which means device-level encryption and decryption. So, you are all in control of your master keys which are never transferred to the LastPass servers. Lastly, it also supports multi-factor authentication.

So, overall, you get access to a secure Lastpass service where you have complete control of your vault. The master password also stays intact as LastPass only transmit encrypted and scrambled version to the online servers of LastPass. When you connect your LastPass account from another computer, LastPass will download the encrypted scrambled version and decrypt it on the local machine. Once done, you will now have access to your vault and everything that is included within it. To ensure a seamless experience and easy access to the vault, LastPass frequently transmits the scrambled blob to the server and vice-versa.

However, there are some limitations to LastPass. For example, LastPass doesn’t work on banking sites. In addition, some sites that don’t support autofill will also not work with LastPass. LastPass is also capable of generating passwords on the go. So, if you are signing up for a new site, then the LastPass generator will suggest strong, unique passwords. You also do not have to remember the passwords as they are automatically saved in the LastPass Vault.

LastPass Features

LastPass is known as a secure password manager. It aims to provide you with a better place to store your passwords and digital assets without you need to worry about its security. With LastPass, you get peace of mind whether you log in to your social media platform or do banking. So, what features make LastPass so good? Let’s explore them below.

Password Manager

At the core, you get access to the password manager. It is where the magic happens. The password manager handles all of your passwords and ensures that you do not remember any online passwords. Also, the password manager provides that you don’t have to generate passwords as it offers a password generator. The password manager is also capable of storing personal information.

Moreover, it also works with online forms. This means that you do not have to enter any of your personal information again. For example, it can be a credit card or your address. Once you store this information, you will never have to re-enter them again.

If you are part of a team, you can also take advantage of their easy-to-use share password feature that lets you share vital information with a team member or your family member. In short, with the password manager, you get the following options:

  • Store password easily
  • Securely store your passwords
  • Easily share your password with a team member or family member
  • Share personal information easily.
  • Store digital assets or other personal variables

Password Vault

A Password vault is where your passwords and digital assets are stored securely. It is similar to the bank vault that you use to store important assets such as property papers, gold, and other valuable items. A password vault is virtual and can store passwords and additional information such as credit card information and secure notes. LastPass password vault supports importing sites. You can also add locations manually if you want to. The LastPass password vault is also smart enough to automatically store passwords for any new sites that you log into. In short, you can do the following with the LastPass password vault:

  • Securely store payment information such as credit card information. Then, when you do shopping or pay bills, the credit card information is automatically filled in for a seamless experience.
  • Password vault also lets you share information securely with others, including your team members or family members. This secure sharing ensures that no password is leaked during the process.
  • Password vault also works on different types of sites, including banking, social media, and email.

The benefits of the password vault include:

  • Strong passwords
  • Secure storage
  • Sharing
  • Time savings

Multifactor Security

LastPass also comes with multi-factor security. By adding multi-factor security, you are adding another additional layer of protection. For example, if your password gets leaked somehow, your accounts are still safe as the hacker or the malicious actor will not be able to access your account. To get started with multi-factor authentication, you need to go to your accounts settings. From there, go to the multi-factor options tab under Web Vault.

The two-factor authentication(2FA) option depends on your plan type. If you are using a free plan, then you can only enable 2FA using the authenticator app. However, if you use any of their paid options, you can use 2FA on any authenticator app.

But, how does it work?

When you log in to your LastPass account, the 2FA will generate a time-based one-time password known as TOTP. For LastPass, it is six digits and hence hard to guess. If you do not like TOTP, then you can also take advantage of the LastPass authenticator app. The app provides push notifications that you can use to either reject and accept the login attempt. For enterprises, LastPass offers an MFA app that provides a password-less login ability. Lastly, you can also set up the 2FA to work with voice calls and SMS.

Another way you can use 2FA is to print out wallet-size authentication gird.

However, that’s not the end when it comes to authentication. If you are working on highly-sensitive information and password, you can also take advantage of hardware keys. It also supports biometric options. In short, you get the following 2FA authentication options:

  • Using authenticator app
  • Use SMS and voice calls
  • Wallet-sized authentication grid
  • Biometric options
  • Hardware keys

Security Dashboard

Security dashboard is where you get all your information. It acts as a command center where you can learn about your passwords. For example, it will show you alerts if your password is weak or used somewhere else. It will then recommend some action to fix the issue. Also, the security dashboard will show a security score. It is calculated based on your password strength, and you can use the metric to make your security strong. You can check the strength of each password by checking the password list. The strength is categorized as old, reused, or weak — which gives you an idea of the problem with the password. Then, you can quickly change the password with the Change Password button.

To access the security dashboard, you need to use the LastPass web version. By using the dashboard, you can do the following:

  • First, learn whether your password is weak or strong.
  • Then, change them easily with the Change Password button.
  • Improve your security score for better protection

Password Generator

LastPass also comes with a password generator. The password generator is self-efficient to create robust passwords for your accounts. You can generate passwords of any length, but the LastPass password generator offers a 12-characters long password by default. It also offers other options, including lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and symbols. You also get the option to generate longer passwords. Moreover, you also get the option to add to change how the password will read. The two options include: “: Easy to say” and “Easy to read.”

Emergency Access

Emergency access is another handy feature offered by LastPass. With the Emergency Access feature, you can set another person aware of your password after you die. Unfortunately, the feature is not available to free users.

Password Sharing

Password sharing is a LastPass business feature. With it, you can securely share passwords among your Team or family members. This means that the feature is available for family plans and business plans. For the business plan, you can create collaborative access to passwords and get rid of spreadsheets. With this approach, you can keep everyone in sync, so you do not have to notify anyone if passwords get changed.

Moreover, you can share more than one login. Lastly, admins can also manage the accounts better with the approach. They can monitor the accounts that are shared. In case there is any discrepancy, they can quickly remove the passwords by revoking them.

The business plan also comes with shared folders that simplify sharing other types of digital assets, including notes. The shared folder has the following features:

  • Simplified collaboration for team members
  • Easy updates and management
  • Per-user permissions

The IT Team is also in control as they have shared access. They can manage options and have full power on how to track shared accounts. They can also do the following:

  • Administrator oversight: to ensure control over the passwords
  • Customized permissions: to ensure that passwords are only shared among the right employees
  • Automate with AD: You can use active directory groups to manage shared folders.
  • Policy-driven sharing: Easily manage your shared folders and passwords with customizable and enforceable security policies.

However, what about the family shared feature? Family members get the option to share passwords and other vital information easily. You can organize the information by folders or account type.

WebForms Filling: Save and Autofill

LastPass doesn’t require you to type the passwords for your sites or accounts. Instead, it offers an easy autofill feature for webforms. This means if you visit a site that you have saved credentials, LastPass will automatically fill the forms for you. If you have more than one account, then you can choose between them. Autofill works for both passwords and other information such as credit cards and addresses. To make autofill work, you need to add items by going to settings and auto form fill. From there, you can enter different types of information, including insurance card, work or home address, or any specific information. LastPass stores the information locally and encrypts them.

The Autofill feature is available for mobile as well, including the likes of iOS and Android.

Dark Web Monitoring

Another interesting LastPass feature is dark web monitoring. The dark web is the hidden(unseen) part of the internet. It contains a lot of information and is generally not accessible by normal users. Monitoring the dark web can let you know if any of your essential credentials are leaked in the dark web. If a breach is detected, it automatically informs you so that you can change the password.

Administrative Controls

LastPass business plan offers administrative controls. You can do many things with it, including user management, reporting, directory integration, and more. The key things that you can do include:

  • Centralized admin oversight
  • Gain company-wide visibility
  • Customize admin privileges
  • User directories integration

Admins also get to do actionable insights with:

  • Audit reports review
  • Gain employee insights
  • Access security scores

Moreover, admins can also do comprehensive security policies which let you secure your password management entirely. When it comes to comprehensive security policies, you can do the following:

  • Group-level permissions
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Password best practices enforcement

LastPass Pricing

LastPass utilizes a freemium plan. This means that you get access to the free program. However, if you are a heavy user and want access to your passwords to all of your devices, you need to look at its paid offerings. LastPass also offers business-related plans, your password management entirely, which we will discuss below.

Single Users and Families

The following plans are aimed at single users and families.

Free

The free plan is completely free to use. However, it is only limited to 1 device type. So, if you are using two computers and using LastPass on them, you should use them without any problem. However, things change if you try to use it on two different device types, for example, your computer and your phone. The LastPass free password manager free plan also includes the 30-day Premium trial. With the Free plan, you get access to the following:

  • Unlimited password storage and access
  • One-to-one sharing
  • Access is limited to one device type — it can be either your mobile or your computer.
  • Offers a powerful password generator.
  • Supports multi-factor authentication
  • Offers secure notes
  • Save and autofill passwords

Premium

The LastPass Premium plan starts at $3 per month. If you are not sure if you need it or not, then you can take advantage of their 30-day free trial. The LastPass Premium plan offers access to various features, including everything included in the Free plan. The Premium plan is best suited for those who want multiple device types support or use LastPass on the go.

The LastPass Premium comes with the following features:

  • Access on all devices
  • Security dashboard
  • 1 GB encrypted file storage
  • One-to-many sharing
  • Emergency access
  • Dark web monitoring
  • Priority tech support
  • Advanced multi-factor options

Family

The Family plan starts at $4 per month. It includes everything that the Premium plan has to offer. The Family plan has six Premium licenses. Moreover, you also get the ability to share and group items in folders. Finally, you also get access to the Family manager dashboard. In short, you get access to the following features in the LastPass Family plan:

  • Every Premium plan feature
  • Six Premium licenses
  • Family manager dashboard
  • Share items and group in folders

You can also take advantage of their one-month free trial.

Business Plans

LastPass does offer Business plans. To ensure simplicity, they offer two Business plans: Teams and Business. Let’s discuss them below.

Teams

The Teams plan starts at $4 per user per month(billed annually). It offers a simple yet secure password management solution for businesses. Also, it is ideal for teams of 50 or less. In the Teams plan, every user gets their secure vault. However, they do get the option to share using shared folders. The Teams plan utilizes standard security policies and basic reporting. Also, it uses a Zero-knowledge security model for maximum efficiency and security. Apart from that, you also get access to a security dashboard and dark web monitoring. To summarize, you get the following features with LastPass Teams plan:

  • Shared folders
  • Basic reporting
  • Standard security policies
  • Vault for every user
  • Zero-knowledge security model
  • Dark web monitoring
  • Security dashboard

LastPass Teams plan offers a free 14-day trial. You also do not need to use a credit card to access the free trial.

Business

If the LastPass Teams plan doesn’t meet your requirement, you can look at the Business plan, which offers a better set of features. The Business plan starts at $6 per user per month(billed annually). It includes all Team’s features. Apart from that, it also has an unlimited amount of users support. Apart from that, you also get access to 100+ customizable policies and 1200+ pre-integrated SSO apps. To ensure easy sign-in, the Business plan also offers 3 Single SIng-on(SSO) apps. The SSO apps come with multi-factor authentication(MFA). The plan also includes an Admin dashboard, in-depth reporting, and flexible integrations. In short, the Business plan offers the following features:

  • All Teams features
  • 100+ customizable policies
  • 1200+ pre-integrated SSO apps
  • 3 SSO apps with MFA
  • Unlimited users support
  • Admin dashboard
  • In-depth reporting
  • Flexible integrations

The Business Plan also comes with a 14-day free trial. However, there is no clear information on whether you need a credit card or not to start your free trial.

LastPass Alternative

LastPass is an excellent password manager. However, that doesn’t mean it is the only option you have. There are some excellent LastPass alternatives you can try. LastPass is a secure platform. However, it did fell prey to multiple security breaches in the past. Multiple aspects of the LastPass data are breached in those hacks, including reminders, email addresses, and authentication hashes. So, what are the LastPass alternatives? Let’s list below

  • 1Password

If you are looking for a good LastPass alternative, you need to check out 1Password. Just like LastPass, it also utilizes high-standard security to protect your password. Localized management of passwords ensures that hackers cannot get access to the password in any condition. But, the thing that makes 1Password amazing is its third-party security audits. 1Password is also enterprise-ready and provides features required for businesses. You also get access to family plans and can try out their user plans for 14-days.

  • Bitwarden

Bitwarden is a cheap yet effective LastPass alternative. Moreover, Bitwarden is also enterprise-ready, just like 1Password. BitWarden is also an open-source solution which means that it is the most transparent password manager out there. So, if your business cannot trust password management solutions, you can give Bitwarden a try considering that its source code is publicly available. Bitwarden global access also makes it ideal for teams with a broader geographical reach.

  • NordPass

 NordPass is a product of the Team that also developed NordVPN. They provide an excellent VPN solution but also an equally impressive password manager. NordPass’s most significant advantage over LastPass is that it can work in offline mode as well. With 30-days money-back guarantee, you can also give it a try before deciding to use it. NordPass is also audited by third-party firms, including Cure53, which rates it highly. The encryption and security aspects are also well-designed to protect your data against leaks or theft.

  • Dashlane

Dashlane is a data protection system that lets you save your password securely and store personal data. Also, DashLane is very popular in the Apple ecosystem. However, it works with other operating systems, including Linux, Android, iOS, Mac, and Chrome. Dashlane also offers you access to VPN, in case you need one. However, you need to pay more for it. Dashlane is priced slightly on the higher side.

1Password vs. LastPass

So, which one is better? 1Password or LastPass? Well, both of them are good. Let’s try to capture how they differ below. When it comes to platform and apps compatibility, both LastPass and 1Password are available on almost every browser and operating system type, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari for browsers, and ChromeOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Linux. However, LastPass doesn’t offer a desktop app for offline usage. In that case, you need to use 1Password. LastPass and 1Password are also different when it comes to setting up your account. During your first setup, LastPass asks you to set up a master password, whereas, in the case of 1Password, you need to secret key and master keyword. This makes 1Password more secure as it adds an extra layer of security.

Both of them come with powerful password generators. This way, you can create unique and randomized passwords for your accounts. But what about sharing login information with others? In this case, LastPass seems to provide more value regarding features and how it handles sharing information. However, you get sharing features for teams, families, and even enterprises. LastPass edges 1Password as it offers both vault and folder sharing features. This comes in handy for business teams who want to share information securely compared to just sharing passwords.

In terms of security, both of them take the approach of offline processing of data. However, LastPass does store your data on their servers in an encrypted form. 1Password, on the other hand, also does that, but you can always change to the offline-only mode if you are working with highly secure information. Apart from that, both of them offer two-factor authentication. For pricing, LastPass seems to be a cheaper option. Also, LastPass offers a free version, whereas 1Password doesn’t.

NordPass vs. LastPass

If you are looking for a cheaper, paid alternative to LastPass, then NordPass is a good pick. It starts at $1.49 per month. Moreover, NordPass also comes with a free version if you want to give it a free version a try before buying their paid option.

Both of them offer a comprehensive platform and browser support. In terms of encryption, NordPass utilizes XChaCha20 encryption. It is a different approach to LastPass, which uses the more popular option, the 256-bit AES encryption. In terms of multi-factor security, both NordPass and LastPass offer two-factor authentication. LastPass offers a variety of ways you can set up 2FA, including using hardware, bio pass, emails, voice call, and so on. NordPass also offers authentication apps but lacks a wide range of 2FA support. In terms of feature sets, both offer almost similar features for password manager and vault.

LastPass Review Conclusions

In our LastPass review, we found that LastPass is undoubtedly an excellent password manager. It offers a wide variety of plans aimed at individuals, family members, and teams. In addition, it is enterprise-ready and offers advanced enterprise password management solutions, including easy sharing, customizable compliance policies, advanced security, admin management, and so on.

LastPass is also a good option for an individual user as it offers an excellent interface to manage your passwords. Moreover, allowing the user to store passwords and other information is a game-changer for a more security-obsessed audience. Furthermore, the LastPass password manager is feature-rich as it offers an easy way to manage your password and comes with a powerful password generator. Lastly, the LastPass is correctly priced for the features it has to offer. So, are you going to pick it up?