So you need to change your password every 6 weeks. Or the new application you just started using requires a capital, a lower case, a number and a special character – but the password you usually like to use doesn’t fit that pattern, and you just know you’re not going to remember that you need to use a * or a # next time you need to log in.

There was one application that I just hit ‘forgot password’ every time I wanted to use it because I could never remember the password for that site.

Then I was introduced to Lastpass.

Lastpass captures every username and password that I enter into my browser and manages them for me.

It allows me to choose whether the credentials are filled in and logged automatically or if it just inserts the username and password ready for me to click login.

Your usernames and passwords can be grouped under headings like ‘work’, ‘personal’ or any other grouping that might help you keep them in order.

There is even an iOS app which manages your passwords on your phone.

Lastpass comes in the form of a browser plugin that works on Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox.

On a security level there are pros and cons. In the pros column: Lastpass can generate and store large random passwords which would be much harder to guess than most people’s preferred password.

In the cons column: When you use Lastpass you store all your usernames and passwords in a single location online. This means that if Lastpass is hacked all your login details could be accessed.

Even with these security concerns I still opt to use Lastpass because I think the strength in other passwords I can now create and manage makes up for it. But you’ll have to decide that for yourself.

Lastpass isn’t the only provider of this type of platform either. These sites also provide password management tools:

  1. TrendMicro
  2. Zoho Vault
  3. Dashlane 
  4. Kaspersky

Do you use a password manager? Which one do you use? Have you found it helpful? Leave a comment and let me and other readers know.