How to use LastPass as your Password Manager
WHAT IS LASTPASS?
LastPass is a Password Manager that works as a browser extension. It creates strong passwords for you that are difficult to crack and it keeps track of those passwords so you won’t have to remember them ever again.
It is available in Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. It can also be downloaded in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows Store so that you can use it on your mobile device.
Here's a step by step tutorial on how you can start using LastPass.
SETTING IT UP
1.1 Click “Get LastPass Free”.
1.2 Click “Add extension”.
1.3 Click the LastPass icon and select “Create an Account now”.
1.4 Entering your email address
1.6 Click Create Account.
1.7 Create a MASTER PASSWORD.
Make sure that it’s a strong password but one that you won’t forget!
Tip: Pick a phrase that makes sense to you. It could be a quote, a line from a song or movie, anything! Use that and then substitute symbols and numbers on some letters. For example if I used “DIY Thursday is on Thursdays” as a password, I could change the letters to this “D1YThur5d@y150nThur5d@y5”. Easy! Just make sure to memorize your LastPass master password and that will most likely be the only password you’ll have to remember ever again.
Now you’re ready to use LastPass as your password manager!
2. Save your passwords in the LastPass vault.
2.1 The easiest way to do this is to go to the websites you have an account with. So log in to those websites using your log credentials. You’ll then see a pop-up asking you to add your account to LastPass. Click Add.
Another way to save your passwords in the LastPass vault is to fill in the Add Site form.
3. Click on Add Site located on the lower right corner of the page.
3.1 Fill in the URL, Name, Username, Folder name, etc. for the site you want to add.
3.2 Click Save once finished.
As shown below, my Gmail account is now in my LastPass vault under the folder name “Email”.
3.3 Go on and add more sites! When you revisit those sites, LastPass can automatically enter your username and password for you.
CHANGING OLD PASSWORDS
As you enter more and more passwords to LastPass, I suggest that you change those old passwords and have LastPass generate new and secure ones. An easy way to do this is to use LastPass’s built-in Security Challenge.
4. Click on Security Challenge.
4.1 Click “Show My Score”.
4.2 It will ask you to re-enter your LastPass password. Click Continue.
The security challenge will then show you your score.
As you scroll down, it tells you how to improve your score, as well as the detailed statistics.
Under Improve Your Score, as you can see it tells me to change my passwords that are weak or aren’t secure enough.
4.3 Choose the account by clicking on the box next to the username.
4.4 Click Update Now and LastPass will automatically change the password.
The next time you visit that site, LastPass will enter the new password for you. Just make sure you’re logged in to LastPass!
NOTE: If a website doesn’t support auto-change password, you need to update your passwords manually. Log in with your username and password for that website. Next, find the change password option in the account details. Click the LastPass icon in the new password field, then select “Generate a New Password.” LastPass will then create a new password for that website. P.S. If you're an entrepreneur who wants to run and grow your business without the technical (and yes, also non-technical) overwhelm, you need a Proactive Virtual Assistant. I’ll be happy to chat with you about it.