Review: 7 password managers for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android
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Some of the other programs reviewed here suffer from weak browser integration, but that's an accusation you'll never be able to levy at LastPass. The program lives almost entirely within your browser, and it supports just about every browser out there: IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It also works with the broadest range of mobile clients of the bunch.
When installed, LastPass places an icon in your browser's toolbar that, when clicked, opens the program's main menu in the browser window. In addition to passwords, LastPass can store secure notes (for instance, credit card and bank account information) and synchronize the contents of the vault with LastPass's servers whenever a network connection is available. You can even set up multiple user identities, so you can keep your own clutch of passwords safe from whomever else might be using your system.
As far as in-browser password management goes, LastPass works by replacing the native password management system in the browser you're using. When first installed, LastPass will attempt to copy any passwords stored in your browser to its own vault. And when you provide a username and password on a given Web page, LastPass will prompt you to save it, in much the same way Chrome and Firefox do. LastPass not only saves you the step of having to import anything by hand, it keeps you from having to modify the way you use passwords in the browser.
LastPass's clutch of tools includes a secure password generator and a "security challenge" that analyzes your passwords and makes suggestions for improvement. There's no systemwide hotkey to launch LastPass, but there is one to go directly to the program within the browser (Ctrl-Alt-H, by default; it's editable).
The premium version of LastPass ($1 per month) adds support for mobile clients, removes ads, grants you access to paid support from the company, and allows multifactor authentication with hardware devices. Note that mobile clients cannot be used without the premium version, so bear that in mind if you plan on trying out the program with a phone. An enterprise version of the service allows you to deploy LastPass throughout an organization. That sounds like a handy way to address the annoyances of dealing with multiple passwords in the workplace, though I'd be loath to set it up without proper management protocols in place.
Cost: Free; premium version $12 per year. Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, WebOS, Symbian.
LastPass works entirely in your browser, syncing your passwords to a cloud-based service. Note that the paid version is required to use the LastPass mobile apps.