When you think about it, though, if everyone is out to get your information, a little paranoia might be the right attitude to have. Here’s the story of a good Mac app which secures and stores your login IDs and passwords.
The Last Password
The problem most of us have with login IDs and passwords is remembering them all. I have dozens of sites I need to log in to, and using the same ID and password is an invitation to trouble.
With many websites it’s not even possible to have the same login ID or password. That means remembering multiples, hence the growing market of password managers.
Enter LastPass, a multiple platform password management system which bills itself as the last password you have to remember.
Unlike most Mac or PC password management apps, LastPass is a multi-platform system for managing login IDs and passwords and it works using the Mac’s Safari browser.
There are also versions of LastPass, both app, and browser versions, for Windows PCs, Linux PCs, iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.
The free version of LastPass for Safari stores your login IDs and passwords online, using AES 256-bit encryption with increased PBKDF2 iterations for improved security (though it comes from RSA Labs which seems to be awfully friendly with the feds at NSA).
Everything gets encrypted and decrypted at the right place and time, and there’s even an option to add multi factor authentication. The Mac version works well in Safari and makes it easy to access all your login IDs and passwords from one password.
I appreciate the option to run LastPass from mobile Firefox on a USB thumb drive which is connected to my always-in-the-pocket keychain.
Not bad for free, right? However, the premium version has certain options which make it attractive, despite the $12 annual price tag. First, there’s access to all LastPass’ mobile apps, more multi factor authentication options, faster support, and no in-product ads to clutter the experience, but the mobile apps require the premium version.
That said, LastPass is far less than the popular Dashlane, a similar service and app setup.