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Lastpass, the last password you will need

By Rummana Ferdous Fagun

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Ever find yourself shuffling through your phone or pc in the hope of miraculously finding a long lost password to an account which you urgently need to log in to? Well here is one app that might save you from this trouble. Lastpass, it is actually the last password you will ever need to memorise. Just download the application and create an account. There are many more apps like Lastpass in the app store but I found this one very user friendly and convenient for a few reasons.

Firstly, this is not only an app but basically an account in a website. Don’t worry your data will be perfectly safe. This allows you to access your information from as many devices as you like. To keep your information safe a strong master password — the password for the Lastpass account is a must — so you might want to think twice before providing a password hint. Another advantage of this is that you don’t have to spend any money if you don’t want to. It is free and gives you even more features than what many premium apps offer; but the USD 12 subscription a year makes it even better.

Lastpass captures the username and password when you log on to an account. It asks for permission though. By adding the website/app to the list of accounts on Lastpass it makes logging into an account a piece of cake. The next time you log on to any of those accounts Lastpass will automatically appear and input the password itself. In this way you don’t have to remember any of your passwords except Lastpass’ itself. It also saves login data when you sign-up for an account.

Another cool feature of this app is its password generator. Using the same password for all of your accounts may seem the reasonable thing to do, but it can compromise the safety of your accounts. So, Lastpass generates 12 character passwords for you, consisting of numbers, letter that include both the upper case and the lower case.

You can click on the search charm at the top right in the app to browse through a list of saved sites. Clicking on a site takes you to the website as well as logs you in. This feature is so handy when picking from websites you want to browse. You just have to pick from the list and voilà!

One of the main reasons for using a password manager is to avoid using the same password in multiple accounts and to change them regularly. LastPass’s security challenge sifts through your saved passwords and points out the weak ones and duplicates, as well as passwords that haven’t been changed in a long time. Also, LastPass’s new Emergency Access feature lets you define one or more people who inherit your passwords in the event of your demise. This can be very reassuring.

Moreover, Lastpass is an app which will make your life easier and it is trustworthy too. Among all the password managers this one seems pretty straight forward and user friendly, hence completely worth-it.

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