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Our Score:



  • Slick interface
  • Low annual subscription cost
  • Well-designed mobile app
  • Free version provides unlimited sync either between browsers or mobiles


  • Default settings emphasise convenience over security

Key Features

  • Encrypted online password storage
  • Free tier available (syncing either between browsers or smartphone apps)
  • Applications for Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Firefox OS
  • Browser plugins for Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome/Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, Maxthon, SeaMonkey, Pale Moon, Epic
  • Annual subscription
  • Manufacturer: LastPass
  • Review Price: £9.00

What is LastPass?

LastPass is perhaps the best-known password manager around. Primarily a browser-based service, it's available in both free and paid-for versions that work across all major browsers, with mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

Unusually, the free version provides unlimited syncing across any given type of device. So, for example, if you use the browser plugin, you'll be able to sync it between all your browsers on all your PCs, or if you use the smartphone version, you'll be able to sync across all your mobile devices.

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LastPass – Features

For cross-platform PC and mobile synchronisation, you'll need to invest inLastPass Premium. However, at $12 (£9) a year, it's cheaper than premium services from rivals RoboForm and Dashlane. It's well worth the subscription fee: if you're going to use a password manager to create secure, long, random passwords, then you won't want to have to painstakingly tap them in on a mobile phone screen.

Both Free and Premium versions of LastPass offer support for multi-factor authentication, so you can configure them to require an extra code generated by a mobile app or a code grid that you can keep somewhere else. The Premium version adds supports for USB one-time code generators and fingerprint scanners.


The program's default settings aren't configured for optimal security. You may want to apply different settings to different devices, but we generally recommend setting LastPass to automatically log out of your password vault on closing your browser. On computers that others have access to, configuring an idle time logout is also an excellent idea.

LastPass goes out of its way to remind you to make sure your password security is in good health, with features including popups that alert you to duplicate passwords.

Obviously it isn't best practice to use duplicates, but if you have a specific reason for doing so then you can disable duplicate password alerts on a per-site basis, which is helpful, or altogether, which is probably a little cavalier.LastPass

You'll also be regularly prompted to take the LastPass security challenge, which analyses every password in your vault to alert you to duplicate, weak, old and compromised passwords. The latter is particularly handy, since it tracks sites that have suffered breaches since you last changed the password for them.

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In the case of many websites, you can even have LastPass automatically change your passwords directly from its Security Challenge or site information screens. This does away with the need for going logging into each site to change the password manually, but bear in mind that the process can be rather slow and isn't always successful.


Extra settings allow you to remove duplicate entries, securely store your credit card details and form fill preferences, and write secure notes for your reference. An optional desktop application can store passwords for Windows desktop software, although we weren't always able to successfully use it to auto-fill passwords.

We particularly liked the fact that all of LastPass' configuration, from importing passwords from other sources to giving a friend or family member emergency access to your account, can be handled from within your browser, rather than requiring you to have an application installed.

The mobile version duplicates the key features of its desktop counterpart, from checking your password security status to generating new secure passwords, and provides an excellent user interface. You can set it up to auto-fill passwords into apps – this includes within other browsers – or use its own secure integrated browser and have it use a PIN, rather than your master password, to unlock its local copy of your password vault.


LastPass is a powerful and easy-to-use tool, and provides an exceptional range of features – even in its free tier. Even its Premium subscription is low cost and provides convenient syncing to every device you own. We particularly liked being able to manage everything from its browser plugin on the desktop, making LastPass our password manager of choice.

Overall Score


Dan Bolser

September 19, 2016, 9:42 pm

$12 a year for an app is not cheap imho. Not to mention how crappy the mobile version of their site is.


September 20, 2016, 7:42 am

What else can you get for $1 a month? :) I don't think I've used the mobile version of the site when the iPhone app is available. Why do you need the mobile site, does it offer any additional functionality that you can't get in the app?

I think a lot of apps will move (or have already moved) to the subscription model as it gives them an income stream rather than just a one off purchase, there are pros and cons either way for them and the consumers.

I've actually decided to move to Zoho vault, as it's free for personal use and seems really good. It's missing a couple of features that LastPass offers, but I've got around that mostly.

Dan Bolser

September 20, 2016, 8:04 am

> Why do you need the mobile site, does it offer any additional functionality that you can't get in the app?

It's free!

I agree that subscription may be better, but it 'feels' wrong currently when so many apps are free. If they bugged me yearly for a donation of 5 / 10 / 20 dollars, reminding me of how many times I've used the app / service, I'd be happier ;-)

Dan Bolser

September 20, 2016, 8:05 am

What really bugs me is how (almost intentionally) crummy the mobile site is. Why develop UI on the mobile site when you want people to buy the app? Feels a bit ... shoddy.


September 20, 2016, 9:49 am

I've been using LastPass for a couple of years now, as a paid subscriber. I can vouch that it's very very good.

I actually value the fact they have a charge for it. It means they have a solid revenue stream from the product, an incentive to support and develop it long term, and provide proper support too.

You can still use it for free anyway if you don't want mobile.

One thing the review didn't cover is that if you have premium version, you can share passwords with other users in a very secure way. (This is why I bought the Premium version). This means I can allow my assistant to log in to a site on my behalf, without actually giving him access to the site password. It's a business usage case, and for business software, it is in fact, very cheap.

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