In any business, no matter MLM or other types, we will come across many essential software tools that help us to automate our business efficiently and effectively. These tools nowadays are slowly moving towards online-based without the need to download any application into our computers. However, the trade-off with cloud-based apps will be the increasing number of account usernames and password we got to remember. Attempting to remember usernames and passwords from many different accounts can be a horrible nightmare.
Therefore, this article will introduce you an awesome password management tool named LastPass. It is a free Google Chrome extension tool where it stores all your passwords securely in one place.
If you want to install Lastpass on your Chrome browser, simply head to the website here and get started. There are a few plans inside LastPass for you to purchase, and it is categorized into two big groups, Personal and Business.
To get LastPass installed onto your browser and start saving your passwords, follow the instruction in the image below and click the “Get Started Free” button. This will help you create a Personal LastPass account with a 30-day Premium Trial.
You should reach the sign-up page as shown below. Fill in the email and master password you want to use in your LastPass account. It is highly recommended for you to fill the Reminder section as well to avoid unnecessary password resets.
After you click “Sign Up — It’s Free” button, the website will bring you to install the LastPass Google Chrome extension. For double-checking purposes, the Google Chrome extension should be something like this as shown below. Otherwise, you can click here to direct you to the correct page.
The pricing plan will be shown below for your own references. If you want a full comparison between each pricing plan, you can visit here to know more.
For this demo, I will be showing the Free plan for LastPass. From the description here, there is not much difference between the Premium plan and Family plan aside from the license benefit. You will get 1GB of encrypted file storage the moment you subscribe for the Premium plan.
If you work in an organization or teams, LastPass business plans may be a better choice for you since you will require more LastPass licenses for your business partners or project workmates. I highly advise you to choose a plan based on your current organization size and your own budget.
What’s inside LastPass? (Free account with 30-day Premium Trial)
This will be the interface of the LastPass Vault after you have logged in your account through the Chrome extension tool. To start saving account details, click the “Add Item” button on the right bottom corner of the screen. A pop-up window will appear and prompt you on which details you would like to store in LastPass.
Once you clicked the “Password” section, a form will appear for you to fill in and store your account details. Guidelines have been added below for you to easily store your first password in LastPass. Once you have completed all the required fields, click the “Save” button to complete the job.
For the “Advanced Settings” section, there are 3 optional checkboxes for you to select. The “Require Master Password Reprompt” will always request for your Master Password each time you decided to auto-fill your username and password on that particular site you set.
The “Autologin” function will always ensure you stayed login each time you access the site. If you have multiple accounts saved in one site, this option will not be recommended for you to select.
The “Disable Autofill” function will prevent LastPass from auto-filling the username and password section on the site you select, allowing you to manually fill them whenever you want.
Below will be a sample of the manual fill function, a LastPass icon will be seen on the login site and once you clicked the icon, a pop-up similar to the image below will be shown.
Extra demo sessions in LastPass (For those who come from my Facebook Page or YouTube channel)
I will be covering slightly more in this blog as compared to my Facebook Page and my YouTube channel since there are certain parts that I did not show in the video when I was recording the episode or I briefly just went through it. Hence, to ensure that I have covered all sections that I have personally used as of the time I am writing this blog, I will write all of them below.
This is another essential feature I have used to categorize my accounts into different categories as I see fit. When you have a lot of account details stored inside LastPass, you need to tidy things up using the categories features so it is much easier for you to seek the right account whenever required. You can even create subfolders under a particular folder category.
There are 2 ways of creating new categories inside LastPass: either through the “+” icon or inside the “Folder” section as shown in the image above where I showed you how to store your first account details inside LastPass (This function will automatically assign the newly saved account details under the folder category you have selected).
Once you clicked the “Add New Folder” button, the window below will show up to prompt you to fill in the new Folder Name. Check the “Add as a subfolder here” if you want to treat the new folder as a subfolder in another folder you have already created.
Another important feature you must have to protect your LastPass account. This feature allows LastPass to send you one-time verification codes to ensure your account details are safe.
There are different multifactor authentication options for Free plan, Premium plan and Enterprise plan which will be shown below. Based on your preferences, select the one that you are most comfortable with.
Different authenticators have different ways of activating them, hence you need to follow the onscreen instructions or Google search based on the authenticators you have selected.
A window similar to the one below will be activated. Depending on the multifactor option you select, the options may appear differently.
Once you are done, click the “Update” button and you are ready to use the 2-factor authentication feature.
There are actually more features to be shown inside LastPass. However, I did not utilize all the features since there is no demand for myself to use them right now. Please feel free to use these additional features such as storing notes, addresses, payment cards or even bank accounts whenever you see fit.
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