I never thought I'd see it happen; a free password manager as good as Roboform and maybe even better.
Unlike Roboform which is a utility that runs on your PC, LastPass uses a web service that works in combination with a program that runs on your PC.
It's a smart approach:
The webservice means your passwords are accessible from different computers: PCs, Macs or Linux boxes.
The stand-alone program that runs on your computer means that you can access and use your passwords even when you are offline.
But the thing I like best about LastPass is that, just like Robboform, it automatically fills in login forms as soon as you visit a website. This makes it quite different from other password managers that merely store your login information and require you to copy and paste your credentials.
And LastPass stores more than usernames and passwords, it also stores webform infomation, in a similar manner to Roboform's Passcards. It also securely stores your notes.
The security and privacy of your infomation is protected by strong 256 bit AES encryption. Furthermore your encryption key and master password never leave your computer so not even the folks at LastPass can read your data.
Plugins are available for both Internet Explorer and Firefox so it will not only work on Windows systems but Mac and Linux systems running Firefox.
Some other features:
- Portable version available
- Can import information from most other password managers including RoboForm
- Can import IE and Firefox passwords
- Has a useful "Favorites" list
- Partial iPhone integration
- Support planned for Safari and Chrome (but not Opera)
All up, a lot to like here. Goes straight to the top of my list as the best free password manager.
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