LastPass Password Manager

Introduction

The LastPass password manager is a must-have program for managing and using strong and never re-used passwords.
It will also keep your Wi-Fi networks, credit cards, bank accounts, address form-fills, and lots of other private, personal information secure.
If you’re not quite sure what a password manager is and why it’s so important, please read my previous article on Password Management.

Creating an account and Installing LastPass

Step 1: Creating your LastPass account

If you haven’t done so already, head over to LastPass, and create your account. I recommend starting with a free account.
Enter your e-mail address and then create a strong password that you will write down somewhere for safekeeping.

As you’re entering your master password you will see a strength indicator just below where you are typing.
You will also see the master password requirements and some guidance on creating a strong one that you will remember.
Make absolutely certain that the strength indicator gets into the green level, and the further in, the better.

LastPass Create Account Image

This last step is critical because if you lose this master password, you lose them all… LastPass will not be able to help you recover from this.
Remember, LastPass is a trust no one system, they do not have your password to reset or give back to you, so make it a good one and don’t lose it.
Consider keeping a copy of your master password in your safety deposit box or somewhere else safe, that you see fit.

Next re-enter your new master password to confirm, and add an optional reminder if you wish. Then click the “Sign Up – It’s free” button.
Next, if you’re successful, you should see the Welcome to LastPass! screen as in the image below.
LastPass Account CreatedImage

Step 2: Installing the LastPass password manager

These steps will differ slightly depending on your setup…  Mac or PC,  Android, or iPhone and what browsers you use.

Mac

Installing LastPass on a Mac for Chrome, Brave

Install the LastPass extension from the chrome web store.

Installing LastPass on a Mac for Firefox

Install the LastPass extension from Firefox add-ons.

Installing LastPass on a Mac for Opera

Install the LastPass extension from Opera add-ons.

Installing LastPass on a Mac for Safari… is a bit more complicated with a few extra steps

Follow the instructions at this link: How do I install the LastPass for Safari app extension on my Mac?

Windows

Installing LastPass on Windows for Chrome, Brave

Install the LastPass extension from the chrome web store.

Installing LastPass on Windows for Firefox

Install the LastPass extension from Firefox add-ons.

Installing LastPass on Windows for Opera

Install the LastPass extension from Opera add-ons.

iOS

Get Lastpass On the App Store

Android

Get LastPass at Google play

If you would like a video walkthrough of LastPass, David A. Cox from Tech Talk America has published a great video: LastPass Full Tutorial

I hope this information has been helpful and that you will invest the time needed to make LastPass a part of your digital life!
If you get stuck on any of this, I am always here to help.