LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

lastpass logo   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management SystemIf you’ve not yet decided to use a password manager for your myriad logins online, it’s time you took a look at one of the best options around: LastPass. Many people are cautious about using a password manager, while others are often just undecided about which services are safe enough to use. LastPass is one of the safest password managers around and it is made especially useful by being available as a plugin for a wide variety of browsers.

Today, we’ll take a detailed look at LastPass for Firefox and how this tool can give you peace of mind in regards to password safety, make your browsing simple and to actually make it easy for you use more complicated passwords. Read on if your online security is ready for an overhaul.

About LastPass For Firefox

LastPass is available free for most browsers, covering every operating system including smartphones (with LastPass Premium). Get started by installing the LastPass Firefox browser extension, creating a LastPass account and slowly adding all your login information to LastPass with daily usage. It can be used for anything you need to remember a password for, thus eliminating the need to remember it any more. Social networks, online shops, banking passwords and more can all be stored securely within LastPass. You can also store basic information, such as name and address, that often need to be entered into forms online.

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Features Of LastPass For Firefox

There is no button within Firefox to use LastPass. The LastPass extension hides away until needed, only offering its services when it realises you’re on a login page or some other form that needs filling in, such as addresses or credit card information. Then it will pop up at the top of your page and ask you if you’d like to store these details in LastPass or not.

LastPass Fillable Form   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

LastPass Fill Form   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

Or, if you have previously stored details, it will offer to automatically fill in the form for you. If you have multiple logins, you’ll be able to pick from a list of stored login details with the username as an indicator of which one to choose.

LastPass Firefox Login   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

LastPass AutoLogin   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

If you access LastPass via the Firefox Add-ons Manager or the LastPass website, you can tweak your settings further to suit your needs. By logging into the LastPass website, you can also import or export all of your passwords to or from Firefox. In the LastPass website, you can also access your Vault and view any password information you may have forgotten.

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LastPass Vault Import Export   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

If you also use another computer or browser, you can install LastPass for that device or browser too and your details will be synchronised across systems for you. Your local passwords in Firefox can be imported to LastPass and exported back to Firefox at any time as a backup. If you do this, it’s a good idea to ensure Firefox is protected with a strong master password so that you don’t compromise your security this way.

LastPass Premium

For $12 per year (yes, $1 per month) you can upgrade to LastPass Premium, which allows you to install LastPass on your smartphone and do all sorts of other nifty tricks. Premium users can set up multifactor authentication using a USB key and much more. MakeUseOf often has LastPass Premium available as part of MakeUseOf Rewards and giveaways, so keep an eye out for it!

LastPass Security

LastPass encrypts and decrypts your password information locally, so it’s never being transferred in an unencrypted format. LastPass uses SSL and encypts using 256-Bit AES, so the data stored at LastPass is unusable to LastPass staff and anyone snooping on the network while data is transferred.

Because all of your login information is stored in LastPass, you’re logging in with one mouse click rather than typing, which is added protection against Wi-Fi snooping and keystroke logging.

LastPass Login   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

An added benefit of having your passwords stored and recalled for you is that you can choose very strong passwords. LastPass will even offer to generate a very strong random password for you. If you’re using LastPass on all your devices, you’ll never have to remember it anyway, so you can take advantage of this extra security.

LastPass Features   LastPass For Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System

The very security-conscious users can set up their LastPass master login information using a USB device, use an on-screen keyboard to avoid keystroke logging, set up one-time master passwords for dubious networks and more.

Rather than sharing passwords with friends via email, you can share them with LastPass.

Alternatives To LastPass For Firefox

There are plenty of alternatives to LastPass out there, including creating a good Password Management Strategy, KeePass, Roboform, 1Password, Dashlane, Mitto and Clipperz. Although these have many great features too, thorough comparisons (such as this one by Dave) will often leave LastPass as the clear winner in terms of utility, security and price. It only falls down when considering offline usage, however a Firefox user could backup LastPass to Firefox and ensure everything is available when offline.

Conclusion

LastPass is easy to use, secure and will actually improve your online security by allowing you to set up stronger passwords that you don’t have to recall yourself. LastPass for Firefox is free, so there’s no reason not to give it a go right now!

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Scott

I’ve been using LP for FF for the last couple of years and have been very satisfied with it. Most of my passwords (esp. for email) are over 40 characters !

I do, however, keep a physical copy of my LP passwords just in case. ;-)

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Angela Alcorn

LP is perfect for those ultra-long passwords!

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Brian Loader

Don’t forget Last Portable for Chrome & Firefox. Great for your USB drive. I also can’t stress how much LP Premium is worth the $12/year.

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Tug Ricks

I agree that the premium service is definitely the way to go. W/O it you can’t utilize the mobile app, and without that Lastpass is pretty much worthless. (At least to me.)

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Angela Alcorn

Yeah, the premium account is worth it for that and the mobile apps.

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Chris

Comparing this to Norton Identity Safe, what is a better option? I am trying to figure out which one to go with as I have to always uninstall Norton and install it again after a new release of FF to use the password management system. Long story – but its very annoying. But I have two concerns with LastPass that are preventing me from installing it:
- Our passwords are stored in the cloud as opposed to locally which Norton does which means a higher security risk.
- Because I have over 100 accounts it is important for me to import and export however this isn’t free with LastPass.
So choosing between these two have being a real pain.

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Daniel Escasa

IMHO, the risk of a cloud-stored set of passwords are about the same as those for locally stored. Should someone steal your device, they get all your passwords.

As to a cloud storage, gotta check but I’m guessing that LastPass encrypts the passwords with strong encryption.

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Angela Alcorn

I can’t really say which is better because I’ve never used Norton, but to help with the decision I’ll mention that LastPass encrypt and decrypt passwords locally, so there’s nothing unencrypted going over a network or resting in the cloud.

Also, you can import without upgrading just using the extension. Give it a try!

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Guest

Is it me or the login with facebook broken? Have not been able to login for the past 3 days.

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Alan

Not sure what that has to do with LastPass unles you are using it to login to FB.

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Darren Reynolds

I had the same problem, but have just logged in with facebook

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Daniel Escasa

Same here. Must’a been a glitch with MUO because I couldn’t log in using my Google account. Works now.

And yeah, this is off-topic :)

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Angela Alcorn

There was a problem for a few days. Should be fixed now.

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Alan

I too have been using LastPass for a couple of years now and wouldnt be without it. I used to have RoboForm but find LastPass easier and more reliable.

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blivitlurad

I love Lastpass. It’s one of those services you can’t live without after you’ve started using it

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Darren Reynolds

Ive used a client called Access Manager 2 which has been ideal, the only downside is that you need to access your computer to get your passwords. Recently I have been using Passpack and find it very good. There is a free version which is limited to 100 passwords but at least I can look things up as and when needed….

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Darren Reynolds

I have used a client app called Access Manager 2 for years which has served my purposes. However the downside to that is its only accessible via my computer. Recently I have been using Passpack which is great. Its online, secure and there is a free version (limited to 100 passwords).

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Xantes

The IDEAL Pasword Manager is KeePass since it’s much more secure than LastPass and moreover KeePass can be used to infinite more applications, not restricted from within a browser.

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Angela Alcorn

The extra apps sound useful…

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Ales Mole

I also use LastPass (because of MakeUseof :))
I have a premium version and it’s amazing, very simple to use and of course not confusing at all to use. Until recently I’ve been using Keepass, but LastPass is easier. I definitely recommend it.

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Kao Vang

Been using it for awhile.. but less so now. I just claimed a premium license. :)

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GrrGrrr

Thanks Angela, form ur article what i understand is that if I’m not a smartphone user, i DO NOT loose anything out of premium version- going for free version. Could u confirm my understanding?

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VS Vishnu

you lose nothing…
just a delayed response from the customer care if ever you need to ask them something..and a few ads…thats the only difference..which shouldnt bother you much..

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GrrGrrr

thanks for ur answer.

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Angela Alcorn

Premium customers have smartphone access, USB authentication and a few other tricks. But almost everything is available for regular customers, so you shouldn’t lose anything service-wise if you’re just saving passwords through your browser.

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Faisal Ahmed

I have started using LastPass for Firefox from the last month and found it quite handy. Also helping my best friend to use it and recommending others to secure their online life.

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AP

I have found keepass more reliable.

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Gordon Hay

You write :- “There is no button within Firefox to use LastPass” – but there is, complete with a drop down menu of options. If it is not on your toolbar you can drag it there from the customise toolbars icon selection box.

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Gordon Hay

Sorry, got that last bit wrong – to get the button check the “use compact toolbar” option under “general” in the preferences dialogue box.

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Angela Alcorn

Thanks. Yes, by default there’s no button and it can be disconcerting at first. But when you’re used to it most people find there’s no reason to add one anyway.

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Gordon Hay

I’m surprised you say that as there is quite a lot of functionality in the drop-down, though I admit I mainly use it for quickly accessing my vault, which itself has improved functions since the last major up-date. I suppose using LastPass as a fit-and-forget app must have some merit, but I like to tinker!.

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Eli

1. I use Lastpass for Chrome as well
2. I also save a copy of all passwords locally using Password Corral
3. Lastpass’ android version is not free
4. Lastpass provides help if required

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Igor Rizvi?

I use it and its great,it even has a automatic fill,so i can log in a second :) highly recommended

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Ahmed Khalil

is it required to use firefox only to work with lastpass?
I use safari and it work good for me and i am not palnning to change it, is their any repalcement to work with Safari?

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Angela Alcorn

You can get LastPass for any major browser, including Safari. Here’s a link which will direct you to your recommended LastPass app for browser/OS choice:
https://lastpass.com/misc_download.php

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Todor Chamurliyski

I was thinking about LastPass for a while but I’m still using my Lenovo Password Manager