LastPass vs. 1password: What Makes Each Unique?Conjuring up inventive passwords for every site you use is a necessary evil that is a huge hassle, but you can takes the stress out of password organization with a password manager. Not only does a password manager eliminate the need to remember dozens of passwords by replacing them with a single master one, it can also generate strong passwords for you, auto fill forms, secure notes, and more. If you’ve been considering using a password manager but you were over whelmed by all the choices, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll explore LastPass and 1Password, two of the hottest password managers on the market today and point out the features of each. LastPass LastPass is a browser-based password manager that works across all platforms and smartphones. Before your master password and other data leave your device, LastPass encrypts it. If security is a major concern to you, LastPass gives you the option of two-factor authentication which requires a second security code when you log in. LastPass will tell you if your password is weak, and can generate one for you if you’d like. LastPass will save the usernames and passwords you fill in on websites and populated them automatically the next time you open the site. LastPass also fills in forms with data such as membership codes, your address, credit card information and such. The password manager stores your passwords and data in a “Vault.” Open the vault and you can edit, delete and organize the data stored inside. LastPass syncs automatically, so you always get current data on every device. You can set up a Profile for each family member, as well as each credit card and its corresponding billing address. Fill your virtual shopping cart and when it’s time to check-out, simply select the Profile you want. With just one click, LastPass will auto-fill the form. Using LastPass you can also record and securely store important notes or sensitive information such as your driver’s license number, health insurance cards and more. If necessary, you can attach documents and images to the notes, giving you access to a digital copy of the data at all times. LastPass security is supported by 256-bit AES. Highlights of LastPass
- LastPass uses the Cloud to store your data, which makes it incredibly flexible. Currently, LastPass supports Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, plus Linux, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft Surface RT.
- LastPass syncs with all of your devices, and the fact that it’s tied to your browser makes it easy to save data and access it from other computers.
- If you’re using a different password manager and want to make the switch to LastPass, you’ll be glad to hear that LastPass imports login info from 24 similar services.
- It’s also priced right. Getting started with LastPass is free. LastPass Premium offers unlimited mobile access for $12 annually.
- Password-sharing tool is a plus.
- Includes the ability to use Dropbox or iCloud for syncing.
- Security audit alerts you to weak passwords, and duplicates.
- Powerful password generator.
- 1Password only imports data from 14 competitors, compared to 24 with LastPass, but doing so is remarkably easy.
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