LastPass is one of the best ways to keep your online accounts safe and secure, and it’s also one of the most convenient password managers available on the market today.
In fact, many tech experts rank LastPass as one of the best security tools in any industry, because it works with all devices and browsers and helps you keep track of your passwords no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
However, the sheer number of features can be overwhelming if you’re just getting started with LastPass, so this guide will cover everything you need to know about using LastPass to secure your online accounts.
The basics of LastPass
LastPass is a password manager. It stores all your passwords and login information in an encrypted file on your computer, which only you have access to. This means that if someone gets hold of your computer (or if it’s stolen), they can’t see your data—even if they can easily spot your passwords stored in plain text on sticky notes stuck to your monitor.
The benefits of LastPass
The greatest benefit of using a password manager such as LastPass is that it will remember your passwords for you. This means you won’t have to scramble for that sticky note in your wallet with your logins anymore.
It also means you don’t have to worry about someone stealing all of your login credentials and accessing all of your online accounts, from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, online banking services like Chase and Wells Fargo, and shopping sites like Amazon and eBay, and more.
If a hacker gets their hands on just one email address, they can do some serious damage with very little effort if they don’t encounter at least some resistance in verifying their identity with that account provider.
How to set up your LastPass account
To get started with LastPass, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. It’s an easy process
- fill out your email address and password,
- set a master password and verify it. Within a few minutes, you’ll be prompted to create your first vault and begin creating secure passwords for every site you use.
How to use it
Before you go any further, it’s best that you create a strong password for your new account.
We recommend using a service like LastPass, which will generate random passwords for each of your accounts. Remember: if you’re using basic passwords or reusing passwords across different sites, then someone could hack into one site and get access to all of your accounts.