Have you ever forgotten a password? Or had at least one online data breach?
Unfortunately, I bet you’ve experienced both. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had to hit “Forgot password?” or had to change all my passwords after a store’s systems were hacked.
I knew there had to be a better way to keep my passwords safe without having to remember a million different sixteen-character combinations.
LastPass is an online password manager that helps keep your digital life safe and secure. This amazing tool can create, store, and autofill all of your passwords. You won’t ever have to remember a password off the top of your head again!
I’ve been using LastPass for the past three years, and let me tell you, it’s by far one of my favorite tools. It’s so easy to use on both my laptop and my phone, and I feel much safer knowing I’m not reusing the same basic password for everything anymore.
LastPass can store more than passwords too. You can save notes, addresses, credit/debit card info, and even bank account info. I personally use LastPass only for passwords, but it’s great to know those options are available if I want to use them in the future.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create and use a LastPass account.
How to sign up for a LastPass account
1) Navigate to lastpass.com and create an account.
2) Once you sign up for LastPass, you’ll be invited to install the browser extension.
3) I would also go to your phone’s app store and download the LastPass app.
How to save passwords
1) Once you’re in your account, click the Plus sign in the bottom right-hand corner to start adding the info you want to store.
2) Here’s an example of the info needed to store a password.
TIP: If you download the browser extension, it’ll recognize when you create a new login on a new website. A pop-up window will appear in the upper right-hand corner of your screen asking if you want to save the information. So easy!
How to create a secure password
One nifty trick I love is LastPass can generate passwords for you. You don’t have to come up with some funky combination of uppercase, lowercase, symbols, etc. Here’s how to do it:
1) Navigate to the website you want to create the password for.
2) Click on your browser extension (in Chrome it’ll be in the upper right-hand corner). Then click “Generate Secure Password”.
3) Choose the parameters you’d like the password to meet and click “Fill Password”.
I cannot recommend LastPass enough to safely store your passwords and keep your digital life safe and secure. They offer both free and paid plans, so I suggest signing up for the free account and then upgrading if needed.
If you’d like to learn more about getting your digital life organized, check out my Digital Organization Mastery course. I teach you how to declutter and organize your passwords (I go into more detail than this post), computer files, email, and photos, all in just 15 minutes a day.