Password managers, like many other applications, acquired a second life after, along with personal computers, users first appeared laptops, and then – and mobile devices with full Internet access. If earlier it was required from the password manager to be convenient and, most importantly, to securely store all confidential data, then with an increase in the number of devices, another requirement appeared – the synchronization of data between them. Spoiled by synchronization, we no longer want to recall from which device we went to the Internet when we registered on a particular site, we want our passwords to always be with us.
Part of this need is met by modern browsers. In many of them, the function of synchronizing settings, including passwords, is implemented. However, in such programs passwords are stored unprotected, so in the event of theft of the device can fall into the hands of intruders. In addition, many of us use different browsers, temporarily switch from one to another, so there is a need for a universal tool for storing passwords that are not tied to a separate program.
LastPass is probably the oldest and most famous online password manager. The service is convenient because it works on all popular platforms and in all well-known browsers, and also supports a large number of mobile applications. The extension can be installed on Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2.0+, Chrome 18+, Safari 5+, Opera 11+. Mobile device users can work with versions for Android, iPhone, iPad, Dolphin Browser, Firefox Mobile, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Symbian S60, Firefox OS, Microsoft Surface RT.
To get started with LastPass, you can download the extension for the desired browser. If you use multiple browsers on your computer, it's convenient to use a universal installer that will help create a new account, install LastPass in all the programs you need, and import unprotected data from all browsers.
Creating a LastPass account is accompanied by a password, which, as the motto of the project says, becomes the last one that you need to remember. And remember it is still worth it, because the usual for many online services recovery scheme (creating a one-time password service and getting a link to it by mail) does not work here.
Another interesting point about importing all data from browsers. LastPass can not only transfer all previously stored password information to the cloud, but also delete all local data. Thus, in the event of theft of the device, the attacker will not be able to gain access to confidential information. On the other hand, forgetting the LastPass password, you can even lose all the saved passwords yourself, so it's worth thinking about which option to choose.
Once the extension is installed, the LastPass icon appears in the browser pane. Now when you visit each site for which passwords are found, you will be asked to fill out the forms. Until recently, LastPass reported the availability of data to populate the pop-up panel at the top of the screen. Starting with the third version, which was released in early November, information about passwords is displayed directly in the forms. Just click on the LastPass icon and select the correct option for the login, as the password appears in the field automatically.
A pop-up menu that appears when you click on the form may be useful for other purposes. For example, if a new account is created, the user generates random passwords.
There is also a tool for filling out web forms (credit cards, addresses, names). In addition, using the pop-up menu tools, you can quickly disable LastPass for the current page or for the entire site. And if the user first enters data for authorization, LastPass suggests storing the information in the repository.
In order to access data stored in LastPass, it is not necessary to go to the page of the site for which the information was saved. On the contrary, you can use LastPass to quickly jump to the right web resources. The latest version of the extension contains a search field.
If you enter part of the login, all sites on which it is used will be displayed. You can click on the result, go to this page and log in immediately.
In addition to data for authorization, LastPass works with any data to automatically fill out forms, and also allows you to store protected notes. These, for example, may include information about the passwords of wireless networks. Notes can contain not only textual information – you can attach files to them.
All the same features are available for mobile device users. However, it is worth bearing in mind that for the use of mobile applications, you need to purchase a premium subscription worth $ 12 per year. But some mobile applications (for example, for Android and BlackBerry) can be tested for free for two weeks. They also have a password generator, means for filling out forms, search for stored data for authorization, the ability to add images and audio files as attachments for protected notes.
Intuitive Password is a young service launched this summer. Despite the fact that it, like LastPass, is intended for storing passwords and other confidential information, its orientation is slightly different. In Intuitive Password it is worth saving information that is not needed too often, because there is neither automatic saving of data that is entered in web forms, nor means for their automatic filling.
Intuitive Password is a 100% web-based application that runs in the browser. No additional programs for its operation, you do not need to download. This applies to mobile platforms – both on smartphones and on tablets Intuitive Password opens and works in any popular browser. For convenience of perception, there are three ways to display the interface: for widescreen monitors, tablets and screens of mobile phones.
By default, the service already offers several categories for storing data, but you can add your own groups. In addition, you can control the visibility of categories in the general list. When adding new records, you can use tags and notes, and then use them when searching for data.
During registration it is required to invent not only a password, but also a secret question, as well as the answer to it. It is not used to recover the password, as one would expect, but to protect the account from unauthorized access. Intuitive Password saves information about the IP address that is used to access the account. If a user tries to log in from another location, the service asks not only the password, but also the answer to this secret question. Also, to increase security, one can use a one-time password instead of a standard password, which is convenient, for example, when working with a computer in public places. One-time passwords can be generated in advance in your account settings and used as needed.
Another interesting feature aimed at increasing the security of using the service is the addition of an additional mailing address. It will receive notifications of attempts to access the account.
The creators of Intuitive Password took care of creating a tool for data backup. At any time, you can save all the information stored on the service and protect it with a password. From this file, data can be uploaded to the service at any time.
There are Intuitive Password and export data, which you can use only by first entering an answer to a secret question. Information can be saved in CSV, HTML, XML or in a text file. In doing so, you can determine which data to export.
For those users who care about the problem of storing sensitive data in the cloud, Keeper offers a good compromise between convenience and security. Among the numerous features of the service – direct synchronization of information between devices over Wi-Fi, bypassing the remote server.
Keeper has good support for a variety of devices: the application is available for Winodws, Linux, Mac, as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and mobile platforms iOS, Android, Windows Phone, for Kindle and Nook tablets. You can also use the service through the web interface. However, the free version of the service only supports local storage of passwords. In order to be able to synchronize them between devices (via Wi-Fi or using a remote server), you need to purchase a license, the price of which varies depending on the number of devices.
Using browser extensions, you can automatically fill out forms on web pages. Keeper signals that it is ready to help, with a yellow padlock icon. If data is found for this site, then the application can fill out the form fields, if you do not find the information for filling in, you can immediately enter and remember the login and password. If necessary, the password can be generated immediately, using the built-in module.
In order to use the service as safely as possible, you can manually determine the length of the session. At the end of the selected time interval (the default is 30 minutes) Keeper will again ask for the password for authorization on the service. Another useful feature that can come in handy for protecting your account is two-factor authentication. Every time you log in, Keeper can not only request a password, but also send SMS to a user specified number. The code from the received message will need to be entered in a special field, and only after that access to the password store and other functions of the service will be opened.
Unlike LastPass, Keeper does not automatically import data from browsers. But it supports import from CSV files or other formats, where commas or tabs are used as delimiters. And the data stored in Keeper, in turn, can be exported to PDF and a text file.
⇡ # Conclusion
If a person is willing to entrust their data to an online password manager, it is very difficult to find a reason why you should not use LastPass. In fact, this password manager is made simply superb: here there is also import of passwords from browsers, and convenient interface, and instant synchronization, and sufficient attention to security. And the fact that you need to buy a premium version to use mobile applications also can hardly be considered a disadvantage – the price of $ 1 a month is negligible, even for residents of the post-Soviet space. However, if you want to soriginalnichat, then the alternative can always be found. Even for those popular password managers that do not have built-in support for synchronization between devices (for example, Keepass and 1Password), you can configure automatic database copying through Dropbox and similar applications.
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