The thing I like most about LastPass and other cloud based password managers is that it gives you access to your passwords anywhere you have internet connectivity. Swing by your parent’s house and need to look up your email password? Simple – just sign into LastPass and look it up. No client needed.
LastPass offers two plans for individuals – a free edition and the Premium edition (about $12/year). If you need basic access on your computer and to the web-based interface, the free edition should work for you. If you want to sync across mobile devices and allow for advanced multi-factor authentication, go for the Premium edition.
We’ll cover setting up a free account in this guide.
Navigate to https://lastpass.com
Click the “Get Lastpass Free" button.
If using Chrome, you will be requested to get the LastPass extension. Go ahead and accept. Other browsers will start a download, which you can manually run afterwards.
Once the extension is installed, it will ask you to create an account.
Start by entering your email address.
Next, you will need to come up with a master password. This is the one password you will need to make complex and remember. Instead of coming up with a random set of characters, use a passphrase. This will help make it personal to you and easier to remember. For example “I was aSP@ce janit0R 0nc3" will be more meaningful than a mix of mumbo-jumbo.
Next, I would recommend taking the tour. This will give you a brief overview of the Password vault and LastPass extension.