LastPass Premium – Review and Premium accounts Giveaway

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).

59 comments… add one
  • Guest Link Reply

    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.

  • jelson Link Reply

    I’ve been using KeePass but LastPass would be much more effortless to use.  Sign me up please.

  • Cool Link Reply

    I have been using it all while for my PC! It is great because I used to have tons of account for various site and forum. So far so good it is working perfectly as what it promised.

    However I would like to use these feature for my mobile too. Thank for this opportunity.

    Thank for this giveaway. Please count me in!
    https://twitter.com/#!/CoolCrackerz/status/145562750461018112

  • Ryan Link Reply

    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.

  • ibhecks Link Reply

    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

  • techste Link Reply

    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.

  • Andres Link Reply

    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.

  • DYN1711 Link Reply

    Please, count me in.Thanks

  • ajay Link Reply

    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………

  • SamChan Link Reply

    I like LastPass Premium.
    Please count me in….
    https://twitter.com/#!/KimHoangTran/status/145769720140931072
    Thanks Avinash and Lastpass for the giveaway!

  • Mayur Link Reply

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

  • Jef Link Reply

    I would like to have a license key for this application.
    Please, count me in.
    Thanks.

  • ReviewsAntivirus Link Reply

    I am using the free version of the password manager, I would love to have a premium

    Sorry, I use Google Translator, U know English poorly.
    http://www.facebook.com/reviewsantivirus/posts/173505002746914https://twitter.com/#!/ReviewsAntiviru/status/145828548337348608

  • apn58 Link Reply

    I really would come in handy!

  • Number99 Link Reply

    I’d like to win because I’m having a really hard time remembering all my passwords, so please count me in! 🙂

  • David Link Reply

    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.

  • Haclong0901 Link Reply

    i want to receive this license

    please count me

    thank you very much

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  • pops radish Link Reply

    I have been using LastPass for a very long time,but never tried Premium,thanks for a chance of trying it.

  • Mikemetoo Link Reply

    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.

  • lello siddi Link Reply

    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…

  • blaster2001 Link Reply
  • ischar Link Reply

    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.

  • prof_1945 Link Reply

    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

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  • Niroop Link Reply

    Thanks for this Giveaway.Please count me in.

  • Laptop57 Link Reply

    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!

  • LALUNA Link Reply

    Great software…
    Please count me…

  • tray Link Reply

    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….

  • Alan Hazelwood Link Reply

    used the free version works well

  • fa fabba Link Reply

    https://twitter.com/#!/fafabba/status/145899904919801856
    nice review.
    please count me in the draw.
    thanks

  • Kypros Link Reply

    use the free. would love to have premium.. countme in 🙂

  • Cycle Link Reply

    A password manager for Windows Phone 7 would be very handy

  • Biswasark Link Reply

    Please count me in.

  • bala Link Reply

    Count me in Avinash. Good review. 

  • Isd Link Reply

    Great giveaway. last pass is  a wonderful one. I am using it’s free version. Want to use  it’s full version.
    Isd

  • Because it is very easy to store your passwords and manage them… Please give this to me! Thanks

  • Larry Rydel Link Reply

    I also have tested free version months ago and liked it.

  • nice soft.please count me in…

  • V108 Link Reply

    I would love to have the premium version of this software.

  • Clyde Link Reply

    I would like to win one of those.

  • Zazy_xxx Link Reply

    Great giveaway

  • MichaÅ‚ Link Reply
  • Sysabi Link Reply

    I need this program because I use a lot of different accounts – logins and password. I need safely store them.

  • Guest Link Reply

    I have been using Free LastPass for almost years. I want this one. Thanks!

  • Malkim Link Reply

    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)                                                           

  • HNQ Link Reply

    I’m using Lastpass free. I want to try Sesame of Lastpass premium 😀

  • lair Link Reply

    I am using lastpass ever since I heard of it, I would love to try the premium version, please count me in.

  • Xavier Link Reply

    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

  • i am already using free version. obviously would not mind getting a pro for free. pl. rope me in. Thanks a ton.

  • rohish kaura Link Reply

    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.

  • Ken G Link Reply

    Need it to sync passwords across to android..hope i get it

  • Warren Clyde Link Reply

    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.

  • Pan Pikus Link Reply

    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.

  • Nathan Link Reply

    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!

  • SinoTiger Link Reply

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for this giveway.
    Please count me in.

  • Alvez Link Reply

    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.

  • Matt Link Reply

    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.

  • Roland Link Reply

    This would be great in combo with XMarks

  • David Link Reply

    Thank you very much!

  • Gargi2221 Link Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway. Please count me in for this giveaway.

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