LastPass Password Manager Introduces New Mac App

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Popular free password management service LastPass today is launching a new Mac app to make it easier for Mac users to access their passwords on their laptop and desktop computers. The new LastPass Mac app offers a full-featured vault for storing login information, passwords, credit cards, and more, and it comes equipped with several other useful tools such as Quick Search and Security Check.

Quick Search, one of the Mac app's key features, lets users search for a website or keyword to quickly locate logins, notes, and passwords. Sites can be launched directly from their default browser using a keyboard shortcut, with LastPass filling in the username and password for super quick site logins.


Security Check is another built-in feature of the LastPass Mac app, letting users continually monitor the strength of their passwords to make sure each one is secure enough. LastPass for Mac offers both offline access and automatic syncing between the Mac app and the iOS app.


Before the introduction of the Mac app, LastPass was web-only when used with Mac and Windows computers, offering browser plug-ins for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and more to access password management features.
"We are living in a time when using the same password across every online account, or storing passwords for critical accounts in an insecure document on your computer, means you will inevitably get hacked. At the same time, memorizing dozens of unique passwords is virtually impossible," said LastPass CEO and Co-Founder, Joe Siegrist. "The LastPass Mac App functions as a vault that safeguards sensitive information. It allows our customers to have convenient local access to their data, saving them the distraction of recalling passwords or manually typing in their login details."
Last month, LastPass debuted Auto-Password Change, a useful feature designed to let users change their passwords for supported sites with just the click of a button.

The LastPass Mac app, much like the LastPass iOS app, will be a free download from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

The service is supported by ads, but ads can be removed with a $12 per year subscription fee, which also adds priority tech support and multi-factor authentication.

Update 9:52 AM: LastPass for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: LastPass Password Manager Introduces New Mac App
 

sportsnapper

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Well, not on the app store (in the UK) nor is it mentioned on their site - any more info anywhere??
 

tatonka

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What's the benefit to this over using keychain?
The benefit is the browser integration with plugins available for all major browser and synchronization of the account information across systems (i.e. Home PC and Laptop). The plugins the auto fill the login fields on known pages making the login process easier and safer be allowing to use longer and more complicated password you would otherwise not use.

I guess the standalone app is just a bit nicer way to store and organize the collection.
 

ptb42

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I use Password Safe, which was originally designed by Bruce Schneier.

There are implementations for Windows, Linux, iOS, and OSX, among others. The iOS 8 version supports Touch ID for unlocking the safe.

I use my own Dropbox account to sync the same password database among all of my devices.
 

tatonka

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Ads? Subscription? Over years, it'll still be cheaper just buying 1password at a one-time payment $50.

Competition is good I guess.
You can go more than 4 years before it start to become more expensive. Plus it is more versatile than 1password because it works everywhere.

Are all updates for 1password free or do you need to upgrade for major updates?
 

iMerik

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I use LastPass on all browsers (Chrome/Safari/Firefox/IE) across my Macs, PC's, Linux VM's & my iPhone/iPad. Keychain is only good for Apple gear.
This. I can't imagine not using LastPass at this point for this very reason. I'm happy to see this and any updates from the LastPass team.
 

mikeruoc

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Ok so what am I missing. I downloaded the universal installer and it put the plugins on but I do not have the app. Any one have a link to the app?
 

unplugme71

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$12/yr is not bad with priority tech support and updates.

I spend more than that per year (average) with 1Password.
 

edgr.sanchez

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I find it a little weird that it resembles Dashlane so much. Then again, it's a password manager... they're all bound to look the same just like all email software looks similar, all browsers look similar, etc.

I just fully switched from LastPass to Dashlane myself about 2 weeks ago. I felt like LastPass was stagnant and wasn't making any efforts to bring new security features, plus the fact that they didn't have a password manager application for desktop kind of puzzled me.

Dashlane's new Password Changer (Beta) was what sold me. It literally takes me about 3 seconds to have it automatically change a password on whatever websites I choose. It only supports a limited number of popular sites but they've been adding more and more.

Plus I like that it detects when you make a purchase and adds the purchase as a receipt within Dashlane.

The sharing center is awesome for my home business since I tend to share certain accounts with my partner. Then the emergency feature is pretty cool too... in case I ever become incapacitated or... die?







 
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Primejimbo

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Ads? Subscription? Over years, it'll still be cheaper just buying 1password at a one-time payment $50.

Competition is good I guess.
To a point, but with 1Password you're not forced to get the lastest one also. I read about people who are using 1Password 3 and 1Password 5 is out.

You can go more than 4 years before it start to become more expensive. Plus it is more versatile than 1password because it works everywhere.

Are all updates for 1password free or do you need to upgrade for major updates?
I think the last time an update was a chargeable one was going from 1Password 3 to 1Password 4, but I could be wrong. I know going from 1Password 4 to 1Password 5 was a free upgrade.

1Password also works everywhere, but that's your option. You can sync via wifi, iCloud, or Dropbox. Using Dropbox you can use 1PasswordAnywhere and you can access it from any computer you want. If you're worried about you info on someone's severs, you can sync over wifi (your own network).
I love the fact that I can use my own network for syncing if I want. Right now I use Dropbox because it works nicely, and I can sync mulitple vaults too at the same time.

1Password also had a security check also and has a program called Watchtower that tells you of vulnerablies that can affect you. It's a very nice tool.

Lastpass was one I liked, I jusr rather pay an upfront fee and upgrade if I want, and I didn't like my info on their servers. It's a nice program though.
 
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Steve121178

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$12/yr is not bad with priority tech support and updates.

I spend more than that per year (average) with 1Password.
LastPass is free. You only need to pay for the Premium features (use on smartphone/tablet). Unsure if this new app is a premium feature or not, if it is you will get it as part of your subscription. The good thing is that you pay one sub and can install on as many devices as you wish.
 

Primejimbo

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LastPass is free. You only need to pay for the Premium features (use on smartphone/tablet). Unsure if this new app is a premium feature or not, if it is you will get it as part of your subscription. The good thing is that you pay one sub and can install on as many devices as you wish.
The iOS version of 1Password is now free also, you can pay for the premium stuff. The desktop version isn't free.
 

Steve121178

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The iOS version of 1Password is now free also, you can pay for the premium stuff. The desktop version isn't free.
It's good that it's free, but it's of no interest to me personally. LastPass is absolutely brilliant so there's no reason to move to another service. LastPass does it all.
 

coolfactor

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What's the benefit to this over using keychain?
I personally prefer Keychain, but I also use 1Password where Keychain can't help me as quickly. Safari 8 has a problem where it won't auto-fill from the Keychain on my locally-hosted development websites (on .dev domains). This is very frustrating, so I use 1Password for several of those sites to speedup logins. Of course, this is a very specialized situation, and the average user would not encounter it.
 

furi0usbee

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What's the benefit to this over using keychain?
With Keychain, I can sit at your computer, and if you are not logged out, I can go to any site you have a password saved, keychain will input it, and I can do anything I want. With 1Password, and I'm presuming this app, you need to first enter your master 1Password to be able to auto-fill logins. Been using 1Password for years. I NEVER save any logins in the keychain. Not as secure as 1Password.
 

boast

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I guess the one bad thing about lastpass could be that since it is the most popular password manager, it can be the biggest target for hackers.
 

rixax

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Just under 6 bucks. I've ben using it for a few years. Not iOS, just mac.
Use one password to get in. Stores passwords, notes etc. searchable.

I might take a look at Lastpass free version for some friends at work.
 

Crispy Duck

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With Keychain, I can sit at your computer, and if you are not logged out, I can go to any site you have a password saved, keychain will input it, and I can do anything I want. With 1Password, and I'm presuming this app, you need to first enter your master 1Password to be able to auto-fill logins. Been using 1Password for years. I NEVER save any logins in the keychain. Not as secure as 1Password.
• Leaving your Mac logged in and unattended is just asking for trouble.

• You can create more than one keychain and lock them individually.
i.e. One for just web passwords that doesn't unlock at startup - and asks for the password when you go to a login page. You can also lock it again at will.
 

furi0usbee

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• Leaving your Mac logged in and unattended is just asking for trouble.

• You can create more than one keychain and lock them individually.
i.e. One for just web passwords that doesn't unlock at startup - and asks for the password when you go to a login page. You can also lock it again at will.
Still more work than using 1Password. I never leave my Mac logged in.... and I use FileVault. But if someone didn't use FileVault, even if they were logged out, you can get into a password protected account and then I have access to all the sites Safari saves logins to.

Save all the trouble and use a password manager.
 
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