We go to log in to a service or website and draw a complete blank as to what our password for that particular site is, only to waste time and get increasingly frustrated trying to remember, and potentially locking ourselves out of the account for a short time from trying too many times. Or perhaps even being forced to use the “Forgot Password?” link, and change it to something else (that will probably also be forgotten too before the next log in…). Irritating at best, and at worst, it can cost valuable time, resulting in a loss of productivity and an interrupted workflow. This is known as “password fatigue”, and everyone with multiple online accounts will have experienced it at some point.
Rather than noting passwords down on a (very insecure) piece of paper or storing them in a plain-text document on your desktop as we mentioned previously (please, don’t do either of these!), there’s another solution.
While most of us will have a smartphone or other device that has its own password manager (Google or Apple, generally speaking), these generally aren’t available cross-platform, and you’ll have to access them on your phone to use them on your desktop machine, or vice versa.
This is where LastPass comes in. Something the Geeks have been using for years, LastPass is a piece of software that does exactly what it says on the tin. It securely stores and manages your passwords, so that you don’t have to. Of course, it’s always better to remember them yourself, but with the average user having up to 200 unique online accounts, that’s simply not possible without reusing them.
LastPass is cross-platform, even going as far as having a smartwatch app, meaning that your passwords are always securely stored, but are available at your fingertips through a master password or biometric authentication if you choose to enable it. It is this flexibility along with its strong security that has made LastPass one of our recommended tools to improve your “cyber hygiene,” helping to enhance your online security and maintain the integrity of your systems.
The best part of this is that the basic version of LastPass is entirely free of charge. Premium plans with added features are available starting at $36.00 USD per year (plus VAT if you’re in the UK), which works out to $3 a month, or around £2.30 – so, what you’d pay for a cup of coffee. There are other plans available for teams and enterprise, too, with additional, useful features.
We’ll be going into more detail of what some of its features (both free and premium) are over the coming weeks.