LastPass is a free password manager that centralises password management online, with plugins available for Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Those who pay for the premium version ($1 per month) get access to mobile versions for platforms including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian and Windows Phone, as well as an offline version (LastPass Pocket) for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, BSD, and other Unixes.
According to the manufacturer, the passwords are encrypted and stored locally using AES 256 bit encryption. This is also the main advantage compared to the solutions built into browsers, which, like most other password managers, save passwords unencrypted on the hard disk.
LastPass integrates into the browser without any problems and works perfectly. According to the manufacturer, LastPass works even if the website is unavailable. However, no additional passwords can be added in that case. Lastpass Password Manager gives access to passwords from almost any computer. The service has earned the company widespread acclaim.
In the latest version, LastPass warns users when they create identical passwords. The current version 3.0.0 introduces a “family” feature: Premium users get a shared folder which can be shared with up to five family members.