How do you keep track of all your passwords? A gobsmackingly amount of people just use the same password for all their accounts, which has obvious flaws.
Maybe it’s time to set yourself up an account with a password manager?
Dashlane, 1Password and RoboForm are just a few of the solutions out there, but my choice? – Lastpass.
I’ve been using Lastpass for as long as I can remember (2008?) and have seen it develop over time. For me it is still the standout option because it makes remembering my passwords so simple.
There are also a host of advanced options such as two factor authentication, sms account recovery and country restriction which make it a good choice but I won’t go into them here.
So, how does it work?
Lastpass store your passwords in something called a ‘vault’. This is personal to you and only you can access it with a super-tight password you must create. This is the only password you will ever have to remember going forward. Make it tight because if someone can guess this they can access your vault containing the rest of your passwords.
From then on you install a little extension for your browser and whenever you encounter a form on a web page it will offer to fill it in for you, if the URL matches up against an entry in your vault.
If it’s a new site you’re signing up to, a little blue bar will popup at the top of your browser asking if you’d like Lastpass to remember the new username and password you just entered. From then on it will fill it in for you next time you visit the site.
You can even tick the box to ‘autologin’ and you probably won’t even see the login page, depending on your internet speed, Lastpass will login for you.
Although free, Lastpass also offer a premium version which support use on smartphones and some extra features but usually the free account is all you need.