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Download of the Week: LastPass

By Jos
Dec 17, 2009
  1. Password managers are a common tool among many Internet users. With so many different online services now part of our digital lives, including quite a few that deal with sensitive financial and personal data, it's important to use strong and ideally more than just one password to stay on the safe side. Some time ago I recommended RoboForm as an alternative to memorizing overly complicated codes and filling lengthy forms.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Maniac Posts: 1,074   +100

    The one in firefox is enough for me. I don't need any special program for my passwords.
     
  3. jurrasstoil

    jurrasstoil TS Rookie Posts: 27

    what makes this better than Secure Login (Firefox plugin)?
     
  4. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 727   +30

    Does secure login store passwords locally or remotely? If you reinstall your Pc do you have to make a backup of the passwords or does it automatically get them back from the internet?
     
  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Fingerprint reader with bundled HP software works great for me :)
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Look from servicing customer's computers for many years. And even on my own computer and stacks of login accounts all over the place. No one uses a password like: alBG65uveXChPi1 or anything like that (except when they are automatically assigned a new password.

    We all use things we remember, and usually we use that on other sites too
    OMG big outcry of support members saying you can't do that :rolleyes: Well that's what everyone does ;) And me included. Imagine using a so called "strong" password as per most guidelines out there, don't be silly, no one does that. How would you remember such a thing, oh you then need to "securely store the passwords in another program. What? are you mad? :D That sounds too insecure to me ;)

    Most users just write them down, in the private sector (ie 99% of all members here)
     
  7. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,095   +66 Staff Member

    I do ;) For really important stuff I use a random combination of upper and lower case alphabetic characters plus numbers.

    Yes, I agree. I don't have a different password for EVERY service I sign up to.

    Of course I know few people will use a cryptic combination of characters like the one you mentioned above, but they don't have to. A strong password could be the name of a city followed by an unrelated number that means something to you, for example. Something that's not impossible to remember but not obvious either.


    Even if you use a cryptic password you don't have to remember it... that's the whole point of using a password manager like RoboForm or LastPass. How did you miss that?? :D


    While I don't have any numbers to back it up I doubt that 99% of our readers just write down their passwords. Anyway, I don't want to extend this post any more than I already have, but if you are worried about security take a few minutes to understand the technology first - http://lastpass.com/whylastpass_technology.php

    Cheers
     
  8. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,095   +66 Staff Member

    I'm not familiar with Secure Login but taking a quick look at its features the most obvious difference is that passwords are stored locally and not remotely like with LastPass. For some, that will be more than enough and perhaps a preferred solution.
     
  9. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    Well, there is a program called KeyPass that you can carry on your thumb drive and it works pretty well too.
     
  10. Tedc

    Tedc TS Rookie

    I like using random letters and numbers for passwords as well, especially for things like online banking. But I dont like auto-filling functions as they seem to me a security risk.

    I created an online utility to remember my passwords for me, and I can store any other data there as well, in a secure format just like LastPass - 256-AES encrypted.
     
  11. But that's exactly the point of LastPass - many, even most of my passwords are complex and long upper and lower case passwords and I have no idea what they are! AND I'm not writing them down either!
    Took me a while to trust LastPass with these tasks but it seems solid and pretty well entirely reliable, the reservation comes with user error at the time of creating the username/password combination where you must remember to implement the "save' function.
     
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Oh a "measly" 10-password limit. WELL in that case I'm not interested
    How dare they be measly. I'm better off writing down my passwords (as most of us do) or just using that city name + number idea above :rolleyes:

    Thanks Guest, that made my mind up :grinthumb I say NO Way (and you need to subscribe every single year for more money on top. Huh, what a joke)
    I only like quality free products, or nothing at all. Thank-you very much. The cheek of them being measly!
     
  13. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    @kimsland - I think you misread. RoboForm has the 10 password limit, or $30 for the Pro version which allows unlimited. On the free version of LastPass there is no limit and does a good handfull of the stuff RoboForm does. The Premium version really only adds mobile support, which personally I don't need.

    On a side note, I use multiple computers throughout my day and LastPass automatically have every new or updated password there is VERY convenient. Even if I'm away from my personal computers and need the password I can just login to my LastPass "Vault" and retrieve whichever one I need...
     
  14. $30 for RoboForm is a steal. I spent the $30 about 7 years ago and have used it on every PC since. $12 YEARLY for LastPass premium? Well, seems I'd be spending alot more with this suggestion.

    RoboForm has more functionality, is easier to use, and is now supported on Chrome 4.0. Oh, and you can store passwords in the cloud or on disk with RoboForm.

    I am in no way affiliated with RF.
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,814   +921

    I find it rather frightening when I catch myself agreeing with kimsland. But really boys and girls, it strikes me as a mildly retarded behavior to generate passwords, then upload them into the "cloud", (where we're absolutely certain they're secure :rolleyes: :haha:) and actually pay money to do this.

    What's going to be next week's "download of the week"? Maybe an online "IQ" test, where you have to enter all your personal information to get the results.

    Just apply some "reverse psychology" to the answer. If they say "genius", you'll know that means, "we scored another suckers info". There really is "one born every minute".
     
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,901   +712

    Hah, who needs it....my universal password is..."password" !!! no one will ever think of that!
    Sign me up for the I.Q. test...I was going to try one but went with the "You are the lucky 126,561,960,325,778th visitor, click here to collect your prize" because I need the cash- my special needs teacher said that iMac's are reeeeeaaaaallly expensive.
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,814   +921

    For Sale: Lovely Beach Front Property in Arizona.....

    Not to mention that overall, buying an iMac is at least twice as stupid as paying a hundred dollars more for a TV because it's got a $29.95 DVD player built it. :rolleyes: You just buy it, after all, a special ed teacher, Steve Jobs, and Rasputin can't all be wrong can they?

    "Password" !!! huh. Is that with or without the quotes and exclamation points...?
     
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,901   +712

    Of course it's everything within the quotation marks!
    Hereby demonstrating the ease at which my strategy can defeat even the most tech savvy.

    /rubs hands gleefully
    //prints off forum topic
    ///double checks time and venue of Mr Jobs latest seminar "Form over Function for Dummies"
     
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,814   +921

    That's freaking, "8rii!!i@nT" !!!!
     
  20. KeePass is great at first...but last year, when I was in the full swing of using it, my Keepass database corrupted itself while doing a sync between my blackberry and my PC...which made the database inaccessible to either. Doh! I ended up "losing"/being locked out of those passwords held in that database.

    One of the best strengths of LastPass, is that I can access it from anywhere I've got an internet connection, cellular or otherwise. That's good enough for me.
     
  21. GSteve

    GSteve TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I purchased Roboform Pro several years ago and have regularly applied free updates (as was promised at the time of original purchase) and have used the program without insurmountable problems. But Roboform recently released Version 7, and the upgrade to version 7 is no longer covered by the original purchase price. Version 6 is still usable, but Roboform is attempting to 'persuade' users to purchase the upgrade to version 7 by 'freezing' version 6 and not updating it to work with the latest version of Firefox (Firefox 4). Perhaps I am being unreasonable, but I take offense to that approach and will find a different password manager - even if I have to use pen and paper - just on general principles......
     
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