Lastpass password manager review 2018 – data recovery no root

Using LastPass via a web browser is easy. First, you install the browser add-on from The site will detect which browser you’re using and install the add-on directly. In the case of Microsoft Edge, it sends you to the browser’s add-on catalog.

LastPass works with all the major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, and even the lesser known Maxthon. It even supports more niche browsers, such as SeaMonkey, Pale Moon, and Epic.

If you forget this password, you’ll lose access to your entire password database and all your logins. This is why LastPass advises you to create a password that ‘tells a story unique to you’. You can merge together four or five separate words that mean something to you alone – for instance, ‘fifiatemywoolsox’, or a favourite song lyric.

This should make it easier to remember, and replaces the previously popular method of creating an alpha-numeric password with six to ten random characters, symbols and numbers.

Once you have your master password, it’s time to start saving all your other passwords. If you’ve been using another password manager or the built-in one with your browser, you should be able to import your database by clicking on the LastPass icon in your browser and going to More options > Advanced > Import. Go to top

The core of LastPass is the vault. This is where your passwords are stored. Without your master password, your vault is encrypted – it’s just a bunch of garbled data that won’t make sense to anyone, even if hacked. Unlock the vault with that password, however, and your data is readable.

Passwords and account usernames are stored in the vault along with the web address (URL) used for logging in to each account. If you land on a site with one of your stored logins, Lastpass will either automatically fill in your login credentials or make them available upon request.

The password reprompt is particularly useful if you share a PC with others. That way, no one can log in to key accounts such as your bank or email without knowing the master password – even if you’re already logged into LastPass on the shared computer. Extra Storage Options

The vault doesn’t only hold passwords. It can also hold notes with information you may want to keep private. You can use this to store product licences for paid software, for example, or backup codes for two-factor authentication logins. LastPass Browser Extension

To use it, simply look in your vault and open a specific login – such as for Google or Facebook. Then, under the saved password box, you’ll see a link titled Auto-Change Password. Click this, and LastPass will help you create and register a new password for that site with minimal fuss. Emergency Access

Of course, putting all your password eggs in one basket – no matter how secure – can feel daunting. To keep your mind at ease, LastPass has a helpful feature called Emergency Access. This allows nominated trusted people get access to your account, if needed.

To give someone access to your vault, enter their email address and specify a wait time after they’ve requested access to your vault. LastPass offers a number of wait times, from immediately, to 30 days. The idea with the wait time is it gives you time to reject their access request if you need to. The default is 48 hours. Go to top