LastPass is a password management tool that takes all the effort out of managing your passwords. LastPass combines a local password manager with cloud-based storage. Your password database is decrypted locally on your device and is stored in the cloud, encrypted with 256-bit AES. Your passwords are only accessible via local decryption or by logging into LastPass’s secure web site using your master password to decrypt your password database over the SSL pipe.
In addition LastPass also includes password generation tools, automatic form filling, as well as automatic login/password completion. LastPass is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux as well as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and webOS. LastPass also supplies add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera.
Here are the steps to be taken to use LastPass
(1) Head to LastPass.com and download the appropriate software for your machine.
(2) Run the application; when the run wizard appears, check the web browsers you want to install LastPass on. (The advanced options gives you more control over the specific aspects of those browser installs; skipping the advanced section is ok for most users)
(3) Select that you do not have an account and wish to create one.
(4) Type in your primary email address
(5) Select a strong password. You’ll only be using this password to access your web password vault and to login once every browser session to the local database.
(6) Use a passphrase instead of a simple password like JollyGooGEtsMedal357
( use a strong and memorable passphrase, write it down and hide it away.if you lose your LastPass password you’re totally out of luck)
(7) At this point you’ll be prompted to import all the passwords from your web browsers into LastPass. There’s really no good reason not to do this. Even if you’ve used “password” for all your passwords, it will at least build a list of sites you’ve been using insecure passwords on so that you can later go back and update them.
(8) In this next step it will list all your saved sites, their username/passwords, and a toggle for you to select and deselect them for import into LastPass.
(9) The last setup step is to specify whether or not LastPass should log you out when the browser closes and whether or not your LastPass Vault should be your homepage. It is recommend to setting it to log you out and not using your vault as your homepage, particularly for portable computer or mobile device.
(10) After you finish the LastPass installation, launch one of the web browsers you specified in the first step of the setup.
(11) In the toolbar of the browser will be a dark LastPass icon (which looks like an asterisk). Login using your email and LastPass password. Let LastPass remember the login but leave the password blank.
(12) Once you login the LastPass logo would switch from dark gray to red and white.
(13) Clicking on the logo yields a drop-down menu filled with LastPass goodies.
(14) Click on the Preferences menu
(15) Better to leave the default notifications in place as they serve as excellent reminders to use LastPass and to generate secure passwords.