Congratulations! You’ve signed up for LastPass – no more racking your brain for the forgotten password, or wasting time resetting the forgotten password. You can also get rid of all the scraps of paper and cryptic notes to remind you of your passwords. Now what?
Install the browser extension.
If you are not already using Google Chrome, try it. It is a nice easy browser to use and works well with the LastPass extension. Once the extension is installed, log into LastPass using the extension. Set your preferences as desired (you can have it automatically log off when browsers are closed, and/or log off after a period of idle). Note to Safari users – it doesn’t play well with LastPass.
Saving your existing passwords:
As you go through your day, using your sites as usual, watch for a bar at the top of the page where LastPass will offer to save sites for you. Click Save Site to save the site to your vault. Next time you visit the site, LastPass will fill in your id and password. You can manage your passwords, including storing in groups, in your LastPass Vault, which is accessible from the LastPass extension or by visiting the LastPass site.
New, secure passwords:
LastPass will also generate secure passwords for you. When you visit a new site that isn’t in your vault, LastPass offers to generate a secure password. Follow the prompts to generate one. Use Advanced Options to: change length of password; require (or not) upper and lowercase alpha characters; numbers; and special characters.
Quirks and cautions:
Be aware that some sites, particularly financial sites that require two steps for authentication, won’t work well. In those instances type in your ID, and have LastPass fill in your password in the next screen. It’s a small price to pay for not having to track all those passwords.
After a week or so, you will have most of your sites stored in LastPass.