LastPass Premium – Review and Premium accounts Giveaway

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When you read the word ‘Password Manager’, the first thought that comes to your mind is, “Is it secure? Can my passwords be stolen?” And if its an online Password Manager, people are worried even more. Many users feel uncomfortable at having an online database of their passwords, even I felt the same way before signing up for LastPass.

But if I hadn’t signed up for a LastPass account, I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to remember all the passwords and access them on different computers. Its like having a backup of your passwords wherever you go.

Let me explain some of the features that will help you decide why LastPass is safe to use:

Firstly, you need to sign up for a free LastPass account with your email id and a Master Password.

LastPass encrypts your passwords on your computer, it does not send any unencrypted information to their servers. Your password database cannot be accessed by anyone without your email id and master password. In other words, the Master Password is the key to your password database. Do not write it down where someone can find it.

Key Features:

1. Generate Secure Password:

One of the best features of LastPass, you can generate unique and strong passwords with just a click of the mouse. You can specify the password length and variations like special characters, Alpha-numerical password, etc

2. Form Filling:

You can use LastPass to fill up forms, yes filling up forms when you have to sign-up for a service can be boring. This feature is a real saviour. You can add different profiles with Form related information like Name, address, phone number, etc. If you want you can also add your Bank or Credit Card related information to the Profile. Might be useful for those who prefer Online shopping.

3. Secure notes:

You can add notes which you can access from any computer, with your LastPass account of course. You can protect the notes by adding the “Password re-prompt” option. Its helpful incase you walk away from your computer and someone stumbles onto your note. 😛

4. Security Check:

Analyses all your passwords and tells you the strength of each password and how many duplicate passwords you have. If you find your password is weak, you can click on “Visit site” to go the appropriate webpage and login to it and change the password. I recommend using the “Generate Secure Password” option for changing the password.

5. Backup and Restore:

You can backup your database by exporting it to your computer, I do this incase I accidentally delete a password or in case of errors.
There are three formats to choose from, CSV format, Firefox (or Chrome) or an encrypted XML file. You can use either one of these and import it back to your LastPass account. You will have to provide your Master Password for the actions to take effect.

You can also import your password database from other password managers like Roboform or Keepass or Sticky Password. There is a big list of the supported Password Managers, I am just listing a few.

6. Google Authenticator:

If you are a smart phone user, you can add some additional security to your LastPass account by using the Google Authenticator App to prevent others from using(read hacking) your LastPass account.

Avinash has already written a post about this feature, you can read it here.

You can manage your password database using the LastPass Vault. It comes with a search box, with which you can quickly find a particular account you wish to modify. Just click on the LastPass icon in your browser and select ‘My LastPass Vault”.

Certain features of LastPass (like Virtual Keyboard,) can only be accessed via their website, you can find the details at http://helpdesk.lastpass.com/

There is also a Standalone app forLastPass which installs the addon for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. You can get it from: https://lastpass.com/misc_download.php . Personally I prefer installing the addons through the browser. The stand alone app runs as a background service on your Computer,  I don’t think you will need this 😉

Android apps: (Premium only)

1. LastPass for Android:

This app is a combination of a Password Manager + Buit-in web browser. While this is an advantage, some users would like to use it on a browser of their choice. I myself prefer the Stock browser as it is the fastest. It comes with it’s own On-screen Keyboard, but you can use any keyboard of your choice. Not much to explain here, pretty straight forward, just login with you Email id and Master Password. In addition to your password database, it also has options for auto-fill and can generate secure passwords

2. LastPass for Dolphin HD

It is an addon for the popular Android browser Dolphin. As the name suggests, you need the Dolhpin HD browser to use it.  Open the browser,and swipe from right to left, you will see the LastPass icon. Click on it and login with your Email and Master Password.  The rest of the features are similar to the LastPass app for Android, except it doesn’t come with the LastPass Keyboard.

And finally here is a comparison chart for LastPass free vs Premium: https://lastpass.com/features_compare.php. As you can see from the chart, the Premium Version is useful for Smart Phone users or those with a Yubikey/USB drive.

Pros:

1. Cross platform/browser support.
2. One click login and form filling.
3. Premium version is inexpensive at 1$ a month.
4. The free version is a real time saver. One of my favorite addons for Firefox.
5. LastPass actually enhances your security by providing secure passwords and analysing weak or duplicate passwords.

Cons:

The PC version is perfect. No complaints there.

1. The Android app is not browser independent, It runs only with Dolphin browser and its own built in browser. I think it should have an option to work in the background like Keepass (Copy username/password and auto-clear the clipboard after a defined time).

2. I feel they could have a free lite version with limited features or an ad-supported version, just to attract more users to buy it, but since it is already inexpensive, this is unlikely to happen. Same goes for their Xmarks app as well.

They do have a 14 day trial version for both apps. So you can give it a try if you are interested.

Note: I don’t have an iphone or a Windows Phone, so I couldn’t test the LastPass App on these devices.

Tested on:

Windows 7 32 Bit Home Premium
Firefox 8.0.1
LastPass addon for Firefox: 1.80.0
(Google Authenticator Enabled)

LG Optimus One (Cyanogenmod 7.1)
Dolphin Browser HD 7.1.0
LastPass Premium for Dolphin  1.75.1
LastPass Premium 1.75.1

Giveaway

Thanks to Lastpass, we are giving away 10 x 1 year LastPass Premium accounts for readers of Avinashtech. Just follow the simple rules below to enter in this draw.

  1. Subscribe to Avinashtech by entering your email address in the subscribe box on right sidebar of the blog or by clicking this link. Do remember to verify your email address when you get the verification email from Feedburner.
  2. Like the Facebook Fan Page of Avinashtech (If you don’t have a Facebook account you can skip this).
  3. Leave a comment below telling us why you need it. (Avoid using twitter, Facebook login to comment as I wont be able to get your email address to send you a email in case you win).
  4. Share this on Twitter, Facebook. (If you have an account there).

Ashwin is a Business Graduate, but loves writing about Computer Softwares and Android Apps. You can bet that he is testing something on his phone almost everyday.

Discussion59 Comments

  1. Awsome review Ashwin. I have been using LastPass for several years now and would highly recommend it. Not sure how I would remember all my passwords without it. Please include me in this giveaway.

  2. I have subscribed to you, liked on facebook and shared via twitter. I could really do with a license please as i have always used in on my pc but would love to use it on Android as a am terrible at remembering passwords.

  3. I hope to be one of the winners, because I already have a LastPass account but want to feel the premium features with this what I need is the Internet network connection, because I can enter my account from anywhere

  4. I’d love a copy of LastPass Premium.  I’ve had problems maintaining my passwords since RoboForm reneged on it’s “lifetime free upgrades” pledge.

  5. I really likes this software ,because enhances my security by providing secure passwords and analysing weak or duplicate passwords. Love this. I need this.
    thanks avinash for giveaway. Count me in.

  6. first of all i trust lastpass & secondly i have lots of accounts in different sociaal sites, forums & others. its bit hard to remember all these passwords & ID. I have forgot many of prominent passwords & want to handover this confusing work to last-pass., who has a degree for just that………

  7. Nice Giveaway, Please Count me in…
    I need LastPass Premium to manage all my IDs & password on internet.
    Thanks for Giveaway

  8. I’ve used it for a couple of years as well as xmarks and couldn’t imagine getting along without them, thanks for the chance.

  9. LastPass is the best thing since Post Toasties.  It was always a struggle to maintain and manage passwords between my work computer and my two home computers.  LastPass put an end to that.  Plus, I love the fact that those my logins and passwords are store in a encrypted file somewhere “offsite”.  I have no concerns about the security of my password information.

    I recently purchased a tablet and am using LastPass for Dolphin HD.  It works great.  Twelve bucks a year for LastPass Premium is a bargain for the versatility of this application.

    Thanks Ashwin for the review and giveaways.

  10. I am using keepass right now. However, I will switch for sure if I won a pro lastpass version. I need a more cross-platform password manager…

  11. I’ve been using the free version of LastPass for along time and that’s enough for me. Maybe in the future I will need the premium version, so count me in this giveaway.

  12. nice software! thanks for the giveaway! count me in plese I need this to remember all my passwords and enhances my security by providing secure passwords

    I Subscribe  this  blog to my email and Share this on my Twitter,my Facebook
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  13. I’ve been using Lastpass for many years now and I love it. I’d like to get the premium version in order to be able to connect to my new Android smartphone. Thanks!

  14. i m using password depot at the moment…. have heard a lot about LastPass….would surely like to get one of the license now that avinash has organized this giveaway….count me in….. cheers….

  15. Hi,Avinash!
                   Whenever ‘Password Managers’ are discussed,’LastPass’ is always featured as one of the top names,in much the same way that you would mention ‘Bentley’,Mercedes’,or ‘Rolls-Royce’ as a fast,smooth,reliable car.Everyone wants one,including ME!(Please)                                                           

  16. I likes this features:
    * Form Filling:
    You
    can use LastPass to fill up forms, yes filling up forms when you have
    to sign-up for a service can be boring. This feature is a real saviour.
    You can add different profiles with Form related information like Name,
    address, phone number, etc. If you want you can also add your Bank or
    Credit Card related information to the Profile. Might be useful for
    those who prefer Online shopping.
    * Secure notes:
    You
    can add notes which you can access from any computer, with your
    LastPass account of course. You can protect the notes by adding the
    “Password re-prompt” option. Its helpful incase you walk away from your
    computer and someone stumbles onto your note.

    with them, I can easily to login and also don’t need remembering the password (don’t need typing once again) and can protect my notes also by adding the
    “Password re-prompt” option.
    thanks for giveaway knowthetech and especially for ashwingeek.
    Please Count me in

  17. sir please provide me this , i do online shopping and  believe me i have to manage so many accounts since i forgot the passwords and login to my id again and again to get the password. it would be highly appreciable of you.

  18. LastPass truly is one of the most used components of my web browser or anywheri I go with internet access. My passwords and sync are a life saver, Not to mention time saver. Subscribed count me in. Thanks.

  19. Thanks. I have problems with remember all your password, numbers, logins, and notes. The program is interesting, like a good description :). LastPass useful to me. Count me in. Regards.

  20. I don’t use a Password Manager right now, but I can appreciate the convenience and security it could so easily provide. Like the idea of secure password generation, form filling and the security check for duplicate and weak passwords. 

    Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all participating!

  21. This great software, and I must get it.
    Because, I’m very need it for secure my password and any others.
    Thanks for great review. Count me in.

  22. can generate unique and strong passwords with just a click of the mouse.
    You can specify the password length and variations like special
    characters, Alpha-numerical password, etc
    I love it. so, we can make strong password for more secure our account. Thanks for review this software. and also for giveaway. I Love this software. Count me in.

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