App Review – Lastpass

In episode 347 of Security Now! with Steve Gibson he revealed some very shocking information about password managers that many people use on their iOS devices.

A number of these password managers don’t even encrypt your information. That means if anyone gets your iPhone/Pod/Pad then they could easily find out the passwords to all of the websites you have stored in the app.

You want something that encrypts your passwords and will work with your desktop browser as well. That app is LastPass. LastPass for iOS is free to subscribers of their premium service which only costs $1 a month. Believe me, it’s a service well worth the cost. I’m not going to talk about their browser add-on today because I want to focus specifically on the iOS app but you can find out more about the free version of LastPass by visiting their website. LastPass is also available on other mobile platforms including Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, and more.

Once you have LastPass setup and configured via your computer’s web browser, you simply install LastPass on your iOS device, provide it with your username and password and all of your passwords are available to you from your mobile device.

LastPass stores your username and password for any sites you have told it to remember. You can copy your username and password from LastPass, reveal your password, edit the entry or even launch it in an integrated browser so that you don’t need to type passwords when you access your favorite websites. Please note that integration with Safari on iOS currently is not allow by Apple. This means that you will either need to use the integrate browser in LastPass or use the simple copy and paste feature to copy your password for use in Safari.

If you synchronize bookmarklets from your desktop browser with your iOS device, you can add three bookmarklets to Safari that will allow you to quickly access LastPass from within Safari.

Final Thoughts

If paying for a password manager isn’t something you want to do, you can always use the free add-on that’s available for multiple desktop browsers. I’ve found the convenience of having my passwords available on my iPhone is worth the $12 and year for a premium subscription.

LastPass for iOS
LastPass for Premium Customers - LastPass
Cost: Free for LastPass premium subscribers
Category: Utilities
Languages: English +61 others
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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