LastPass Guide to Online Password
LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier
and more secure.
Do you constantly enter your username and password everytime you visit a social
networking site such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc? What about your email
accounts.. what about your online banking.. what about when you pay your different bills
And that is just your personal stuff.. Don’t forget about all you work usernames and
How many usernames and passwords do you have when your surf the internet? Too
many to count?
Why don’t you simplify your online experience by having ONE password?
LastPass will make things so much easier for you and I’ll show you how.
Why is LastPass Safe?
1. All sensitive data is encrypted locally
All encryption/decryption occurs on your computer, not on the LastPass servers. This
means that your sensitive data does not travel over the Internet and it never touches
their servers, only the encrypted data does.
2. Strong Encryption
AES utilising 256-bit keys. AES-256 is accepted by the US Government for protecting top
secret data. Your encrypted data is meaningless to LastPass and to everyone else
without the decryption key.
3. Only you know the key to decrypt your data
Your encryption key is created from your email address and password. Your password is
never sent to LastPass (only a one way hash of your password when authenticating), so
the components that make up your key remain local. This is why it is so important to not
forget your LastPass password.
4. No more using your browser’s insecure password manager
Were you surprised at how easy we retrieved all of your passwords from your browser
when you installed our software using the LastPass application? Unfortunately, any
malicious application can easily do the same. With LastPass, this will no longer be
Download and run the installer from LastPass.
During the install you will be prompted to enter a username (email address) and a
password. This will be the master password that give you access to ALL your saved sites
and their respective usernames and passwords.
Choose a really strong and long password! This can always be changed at anytime.
Allows you to create an account
Finds insecure passwords currently on your system and allows you to import into
Allows you to secure your system by deleting these insecure logins
Creates a Form Fill profile
Installs the LastPass Browser Plugin for Internet Explorer and Firefox
After installation, you will notice the LastPass icon in your browser’s toolbar,
Click on this icon and enter the email address and password you specified during
installation, then click <Login>,
Now that you are logged in you will notice that the LastPass icon has turned red,
Adding a Site to LastPass
Adding new sites to your LastPass account is both easy and secure. Since all sensitive
data is encrypted locally on your computer with the key that only you know before it is
sent to LastPass, you can store your most sensitive data with the knowledge that is it is
The easiest and best way to add new sites to LastPass is to simply go to a site and login
as you typically would,
Once you have logged in LastPass will give you the option to,
Never Save This Site
Click on <Save Site>,
An Add LastPass Site pop-up will appear where you can enter details about this site.
You can group your sites, eg Email, Finance.. make it a Favourite, reprompt for a
password and auto-login. All of these options can be re-configured at any point.
Click <Save Site>,
The next time you visit this site LastPass will automatically fillout your username and
password. This will be apparent by the red LastPass outline around those fields.
Alternatively, if you enable AutoLogin.. everytime you visit that site LastPass will log you
in straight away.
Just repeat this process everytime you visit your favourite sites and LastPass will
remember your login details.
My LastPass Vault
My LastPass Vault is a page that allows you to see and manage all of your saved sites.
Click on the LastPass icon in your toolbar, then My LastPass Vault,
Your sites are organised by groups with your Favourites at the top for easy access. You
are also provided with Edit, Share and Delete links for each site,
There are also visual indicators if this site has an associated note, requires password
reprompt, or will autologin.
If you click on the name of the site, LastPass will open its url in a new tab or window and
autologin using your stored username and password.
You can also search for your saved sites by using the search form,
If you are not at a computer that has the LastPass plugin installed, you can access an
online version of your vault by logging into https://lastpass.com.
LastPass Secure Notes
LastPass Secure Notes allow you to store private information safely and securely.
Some examples of data that you might save in a secure note may include bank account
numbers, social security numbers of your family members, passport numbers,
combinations to safes, etc.
Since all sensitive data is encrypted locally on your computer with the key that only you
know before it is sent to LastPass, you can store your most sensitive data with the
knowledge that is it is completely safe.
Just like all of your LastPass data, your Secure Notes will be available from any location
with an Internet connection.
To add a Secure Note, click on the LastPass toolbar icon, click on the Secure Notes menu
item and choose Add Secure Note,
After they are added, all of your Secure Notes will be shown in a list under this menu
Multiple Logins for a Particular Site
If you have several logins for a site that you would like to save in LastPass, simply log into
each account as you normally would. LastPass will recognise when a new
username/password combination has been entered and will prompt you to save this new
The next time you visit the site, LastPass will show the notification bar with options to
AutoFill and AutoLogin . Just click on the login you want to use for that site,
LastPass Form Fill
Using LastPass to store the data you typically have to type into forms is both easy and
Your data is encrypted locally on your computer with the key that only you know before
it is sent to LastPass so you can store your credit card, phone number, etc. with the
knowledge that not even LastPass can see it.
It is completely safe.
To access this click on the LastPass icon in the toolbar, then Fill Forms, then Add Profile,
And fill out all the form details you would like to save,
When you come across a form that needs to be filled out online click on the LastPass icon
in the toolbar, then Fill Forms, then choose the form profile you want to use.. then Fill
The online form will automatically be filled out with your saved information,
LastPass Identities allows you to create different views into your LastPass account. This is
most commonly used to hide some of your sites when you log into LastPass from a
particular location, eg a home and a work identity.
Another potential use of Identities is to have separate identities for each member of your
house. This is an easy way for multiple people to share a single LastPass account, but
separate their sites. This will allow each person to go to Gmail and it will know who to
To create a new LastPass Identity, click on the LastPass icon in the toolbar, then Identities,
then Add Identity,
You then assign which sites, secure notes, and form fill profiles are visible for this Identity
by dragging and dropping items from one list to another.
To use a particular identity, simply select the Identity name in the menu (as shown in the
image). This image indicates that the home Identity is currently being used. LastPass will
remember this setting for all subsequent logins into LastPass.
LastPass Site Sharing
Sharing allows you to share a particular login with another person without exposing the
password. This has uses in many scenarios, but the two most common are:
You would like to allow a family member access to a website
You are in a work situation where the company has a login into a 3rd party site
To share a site, open the My LastPass Vault page and click on the Share link next to the
site you wish to share,
In the sharing dialog box, enter the email of the person that you would like to share this
site, then click <Share>,
If the user has a LastPass account, they will receive an email indicating they have
received a share. The next time they log in they will see the shared site listed under the
New Pending Share Offers group,
If the user does not have a LastPass account, they will be given an opportunity to create
an account so they can receive the shared account.
After accepting the share, you can log into that site the same way you log into all of your
other LastPass sites, but you will not be able to view the password.
LastPass allows you to classify some sites as Favourites. In addition to their normal
grouping, they will also be shown in the Favourites group which is at the top of your My
LastPass Vault page for easy access,
You can choose the Open Favourites toolbar option to open and log into all of your
favourite sites at once. This is often helpful if you find yourself always checking email,
opening your financial site and logging into a social networking site first thing in the
morning. All of this can be accomplished with a single click of Open Favourites,
To make one of your sites a favourite, you can click on the Make This a Favourite
checkbox when you first add the site to LastPass. If you wish to make a site a favourite
after it has been added, you can Edit the site by opening the My LastPass Vault page from
the toolbar, finding the site in the list and clicking on the Edit link.
In some work environments, it is not unusual that you have many accounts tied to the
same password. You change your password in one location, but then you will have to
change each site saved in LastPass manually.
This is the exact scenario that Linked Sites is for,
When a password change is detected for a domain that you have several sites saved,
LastPass will prompt you if you would also like to change the saved password for all of
your other LastPass sites for that domain.
For more information on LastPass have a look at their FAQs.
Just remember to choose a really strong master password for LastPass.. and change it
every now and then.
I have personally found LastPass to be a brilliant tool that I can’t live without.
One password to rule them all!
The Social Media Guide
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The Social Media Guide is an authoritative source on current and emerging social media
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