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What is LastPass password Tool?

LastPass, an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.

LastPass puts you in control of your online life – making it easy to keep your critical information safe and secure so you can access it whenever you want, wherever you are. Save all your passwords, addresses, credit cards and more in your secure vault and LastPass will automatically fill in your information when you need it.

LastPass' Changes

For users who joined based on that last advantage, today's news is going to come as a serious disappointment as LastPass has announced that starting on March 16, LastPass Free users will no longer be able to sync their passwords across all of their devices (via The Verge). You will be limited to either syncing your passwords between computers (desktops and laptops) or mobile devices (phones, smartwatches, and tablets). This is a death blow for the free tier for most users as the ability to use a password manager everywhere is critical to its utility.
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This move will come as a shock to some users, but it's far more surprising that the free tier has held on with this level of functionality as long as it has. Particularly as the company raises the price of its paid tier from $12 per year in 2017 up to its current $36 per year without any dramatic drop in features for the free tier.

I have no doubt that some free tier users will at least initially try to work around the new limitations, but most are either going to need to switch to a paid plan or seek out an alternative service.

For those looking to stick with LastPass, while the individual plan is pricey at $36 per year, the Family Plan subscription is much more affordable at just $48 per year for up to six users, Laptopmag noted.

Available on Phones or Laptop?

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LastPass is supported on the Windows, Mac, Linux, and mobile platforms – so all of your data is stored in a centralized place and is accessible from anywhere, anytime! You can use the LastPass web browser extensions, desktop apps, or mobile apps. You can also learn more about virtual environments and the binary component, according to Support Logmeininc.

Why should we use LastPass?

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One master password is all you need to remember to access all of your accounts! It’s like a UCLA single sign on for the entire internet.

You can bring your passwords with you to any platform

Web, desktop, and mobile. The passwords on one platform sync in real time on every other platform. This means, for example, if you change a password for a webpage on your web browser, it will automatically update the password on your tablet and mobile LastPass account.

LastPass is secure

The latest algorithms (AES-256, PBKDF2 SHA-256, and salted hashes) are used to encrypt passwords. LastPass never sees your passwords in plaintext and your master password never leaves your machine. Additionally, adding DUO MFA provides an extra layer of security for your LastPass account.

Amazing customer service

Promptly speak with a live technical support representative, who is happy to assist you. By phone, call LastPass Enterprise Support at 1-866-890-6809 (Sunday, 7:30pm - Friday, 8:30pm U.S. EST)

For LastPass Premium, open a priority support ticket. With your Premium account, your support tickets are the first tickets addressed in the LastPass support system

Fingerprint readers

LastPass has support for various fingerprint readers, including Windows Biometric Framework, as a Premium feature. Once enabled, you can use the Fingerprint reader to login to the LastPass browser extension, rather than having to enter the Master Password. This includes Master Password reprompts as well.

Change a site’s password with a single-click

LastPass’s Auto-Password Change [BETA] currently supports 75 of the most popular websites. Learn more about generating a password.

Ability to securely store

Other critical pieces of information such as notes. LastPass can store notes and small pictures with the same security it uses for passwords. If you have important travel documents or iteneraries, emergency contact info, or financial information- this is the perfect place to store it.

LastPass helps you make better passwords with their Password Generator. The generator can be adjusted for length, types of characters, readability, pronounceability, and other options, It Ucla Edu noted.

What are the best free LastPass alternatives?

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Photo: Tom's Guide

The most obvious solution here is to store your passwords in a web browser. Pretty much any web browser will offer a free password manager, but this isn’t the route I’d recommend.

Why? It’s putting all your eggs in one basket. If, like the majority of the world, you use Google Chrome, your Google log-in is already used to safeguard your Gmail, Google Drive documents and other services. If you store your passwords in Google Chrome, that single Google log in is going to be storing even more sensitive information.

Browsers are often shared on computers too. If you store your, say, banking passwords on a computer, do you really want your kids having access to that?

If you do choose to go down this route, at least make sure you switch on two-factor authentication. This should prevent thieves getting access to your entire account if they manage to get hold of your password, as you’ll need to confirm a login on a new device from your smartphone, for example, Forbes said.

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