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LastPass Quick Start Guide

    Getting up and running with LastPass is easy. All it takes is creating an account, installing LastPass, logging in, and adding website data to your secure vault. Once you have added your data, you are ready to use the various features of LastPass.

    What is LastPass?

    LastPass is a secure password manager that stores all of your usernames and passwords in one safe place, called a vault.

    Your encrypted, secure vault is your central hub of all stored data. After you save a password to your vault, LastPass always remembers it for you. When you need to log in to a website, LastPass enters your username and password for you automatically.

    LastPass offers many other features, including:

    • Creating strong, secure passwords for you
    • Showing how strong your passwords are
    • Storing information such as insurance cards, PIN codes, and membership IDs
    • Allowing you to securely share passwords with others
    • Filling out addresses and credit card forms that you've stored

    Learn about how LastPass keeps your information safe and secure at: What makes LastPass secure?

    How do I set up LastPass?

    Setting up LastPass consists of two basic steps: creating an account and installing LastPass across your devices.

      Create a LastPass account.

      1. To create a LastPass account, follow instructions in Create an Account.

      Install LastPass on all your devices.

      1. To install LastPass, refer to Install and Log In to LastPass, where you can find installation instructions for the LastPass browser extension, as well as all available mobile apps and desktop apps.
        Remember: If you are unable to install LastPass, you can still log in to your account and access your vault online via the LastPass website, however, LastPass will not offer to auto-save and/or autofill your stored data for sites. Learn more about accessing your vault via the LastPass website.

    How do I use key features of LastPass?

    To start using LastPass, add sites and login credentials in your vault so that the next time you log in to a site, LastPass fills the credentials for you. Other than the ability to access sites without having to remember login details, you can also generate secure passwords for your sites, auto-fill web forms with your address or credit card details when making a payment, securely share sensitive information with other LastPass, and so on.

    Overview of key features

    Feature How-to resources

    Log in to LastPass

    The first step in any process is to log in to your account.

    Log in to LastPass via the web, web browser extension, desktop application, or mobile application.

    Set up multifactor authentication

    Multifactor authentication adds extra security to your LastPass account by requiring a second login step before authorizing access to your vault.

    Enable multifactor authentication for your account.

    Add site data in your vault

    One of the great benefits of LastPass is that it remembers your usernames and passwords. When you visit a site to log in, LastPass fills the credentials for you, no typing required.

    For this, you first have to add a site password entry (that is, a set of credentials to log in to a website or app, typically containing a username or email address and a password) to your LastPass vault.

    Set up automatic login

    The next step in setting up your sites so that LastPass fills the credentials for you on login is to enable the Autologin option for those sites in your vault.

    Set up automatic login.

    Generate secure passwords

    As a security best practice, you can generate secure and random passwords for your sites.

    Generate secure passwords.

    Securely store sensitive information in your vault

    In addition to site password entries, you can choose to store other (non-password) items in your vault, such as "sticky notes" with attachments, as well as items that can be used to easily fill online web forms (e.g., addresses, payment card or bank account details, and so on).

    Import data from outside LastPass

    If you are coming to LastPass from another password manager, you may already have spent a considerable amount of time storing your usernames, passwords, and other data within that application, web browser, or extension. To assist with this transition, you have the ability to import your stored data seamlessly into LastPass.

    Import passwords from other sources.

    Securely share sensitive information with other LastPass account holders

    You can share an item stored in your vault with another LastPass user by using the Sharing Center. If you change your mind after you've shared an item, you always have the ability to revoke access to your shared item.

    Use the Sharing Center.

    Improve your online security by auditing your passwords

    Identify security weaknesses in your vault by consulting the Security Dashboard. The Security Dashboard displays your security score, this is the rating of how strong your passwords generally are, and indicates the number of at-risk passwords you have in your vault.

    Use LastPass the way you want by setting up your preferences

    You can get to know all the ins-and-outs of LastPass by configuring your preferences in Account Settings and the LastPass web browser extension.

    Log out of LastPass

    Logging out of LastPass is as intuitive an action as in any other application. However, some security best practices are worth adopting.