You know that you should use a unique, strong password for each of your individual logins, but how are you supposed to remember hundreds of separate logins for all your email, social media, shopping, games, and bank accounts? This is where a password manager comes in.
The best password managers (opens in new tab) will store all your login credentials in one secure location, which is accessible with a master password, eliminating the need to remember a bunch of different login details. This becomes even more imperative when considering the best password managers for business (opens in new tab), as you can administer logins and passwords from multiple users across your company.
In this LastPass (opens in new tab) review, we take a look at one of the biggest names in password managers to help you decide if it’s right for you.
LastPass: Plans and pricing
LastPass offers (opens in new tab) three tiers of plans for individuals and families, and four tiers for businesses.
Singles and families have access to LastPass’s free plan, which offers one user unlimited password storage on one device. For $3 a month, you can upgrade to unlimited devices for one user, and for $4 a month, you can have unlimited devices for up to six users. Both paid plans offer a 30-day free trial.
For businesses, the cheapest option at $3 a month per user is a MFA level with no password management features. The cheapest option for password management is the Teams level, which provides password management at $4 a month per user, and is recommended for teams of 50 people or fewer.
For teams larger than 50, LastPass recommends the Enterprise level, which is $6 a month per user. The most expensive option, the Identity plan, costs $8 a month per user, and combines the features of the Enterprise level with those of the MFA level.
All levels of LastPass, even the free plan, enable you to store unlimited passwords. LastPass will also display your password history, so you don’t reuse old passwords, and will remind you when it’s time to update passwords that you’ve been using for a while.
Instantly generate secure passwords with LastPass’s password generator. You can customize the length and difficulty of your new password to suit your preferences.
You can share passwords securely with other LastPass users. Shared logins will appear in the recipient’s dashboard, and you can choose to allow the recipient to view the password itself or keep it hidden. This enables you to give someone access to an account without fear that they will change your password and lock you out.
The paid levels of LastPass come with 1GB of file storage - perfect for keeping safe important PDFs, like copies of passports or tax documents.
LastPass: Interface and in use
The desktop version of LastPass is relatively easy to use, if a bit messy. The left navigation bar is actually two navigation bars, which isn’t readily apparent at first and could cause users to miss a few features if they don’t know to scroll down.
The password vault screen enables you to sort passwords by type (social, productivity, etc.), by name, or by most recent.
The mobile interface of LastPass has the same features as the desktop version, but is more intuitive to use. For example, the mobile interface links to the password generator right from the screen where you enter a new account and password, so it’s easier to generate new passwords instantly.
Do note that free users only have access to one device, so they are unable to access both the mobile and desktop versions of LastPass. But LastPass enables you to switch your chosen device up to three times, so you can try both before you decide.
LastPass offers several means of finding resolutions for any problems that you may experience. First, you can search its database of frequently asked questions. We found this feature to be more thorough than we have come to expect from a searchable FAQ, providing detailed answers to several of our questions.
If you still have problems, you can either ask the community forum or contact support by email. (Email support for all free users ended in May 2021.) Only business accounts have access to customer support by phone, which is disappointing, but most problems should be solvable using the database.
When choosing a service to protect your passwords, you want to ensure that the service has adequate safety measures itself. LastPass uses high-level encryption and regular third-party security audits to protect your data. Crucially, they also do not store your master password, meaning that if LastPass doesn’t have your master password, hackers won’t be able to find it either.
Alternatives to LastPass
Like LastPass, Dashlane (opens in new tab) also has free and paid options. Users looking for a paid service may want to check out Dashlane, as it is a strong competitor to LastPass in terms of features. However, users looking for a free service should probably stick to LastPass because it offers free users unlimited password storage, whereas Dashlane caps free-user password storage at 50.
Popular password manager Keeper (opens in new tab) does not offer a free version, but its paid version comes with 10GB of file storage. For individuals or families looking for more secure file storage than the 1GB offered by LastPass, Keeper is a solid option.
LastPass: Final verdict
LastPass is one of the big names in password management for a reason. It’s solid on all the basics and easy to use. The lower level of customer support for free users is disappointing but understandable. The only other real downside to the free tier is the inability to use it on all your devices. However, upgrading to unlimited devices is only $3 a month.
We definitely recommend giving LastPass a try. It’s a reliable service at an affordable price.
Further reading on password managers
You can learn more about the company in our interview (opens in new tab) with Dan DeMichele, VP of Product Management. Check out our guides to the best free password managers (opens in new tab) and the best password recovery tools (opens in new tab), and get yourself a password manager that won't break the bank, or retrieve a lost password simply. It's also worth testing password strength (opens in new tab) with a selection of great free tools.