With all the sites and accounts, you own, having a password management system is almost a necessity. If you have a LastPass account, there is one way to make the system even more convenient: Installing the site’s extension to your browser.
The LastPass Chrome browser extension allows users to easily save and access their passwords for various sites.
How to add the LastPass extension to your Google Chrome browser
LastPass comes with modern, cross-platform clients for both desktop and mobile OSes out there. They include Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The simplest way, though, to access your LastPass Vault is directly from your web browser.
When you first run LastPass, it prompts you to create an online account. This will be the account that they use to store all your passwords. During registration, you will have to create a strong master password. It too, like many password managers, has a password meter that shows the strength as you type in your password.
If you want to let LastPass take full control over your password management, LastPass also has an option to disable the default password manager in the browser.
Head over to the Google Store to add the extension:
- Go to the Chrome Web Store.
- Search “LastPass” in the search box.
- Select “LastPass: Free Password Manager.”
- Click “Add to Chrome.”
- Click “Add extension” in the pop-up confirmation window — accompanied by a confirmation message once it’s been installed.
You’d then be directed to log into your LastPass account by clicking the LastPass extension logo, which appears as “…|”, in the top toolbar of Chrome.
Once logged in, you can use the extension, as usual, saving and accessing your various passwords for more convenient use of your LastPass account.
Enable LastPass in Chrome for iOS
Turning on the LastPass extension in Chrome is similar to the steps to enabling the Safari extensions. Once logged in to the LastPass app, launch the Chrome browser and tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner. You have the option to create an account from the pop-up menu or log in if you already have an account.
It also has the option to change the password in circumstances where you have forgotten the password, on the same pop-up window. Included also are more advanced features like Remember Email, Remember Password, show on-screen keyboard, and Log in using One Time Password, where you get to use and manage one-time passwords. To reach this page, go to the login page and follow the link for One-Time Passwords.
Autofill a Login in Chrome for iOS
When you’re browsing in Chrome and need to log in to a password-protected website, just tap the Share icon in the Chrome menu, and tap the LastPass extension button.
Choose the account you want to log in with – and LastPass does the hard work for you! No typing, no hassle, just easy password management.
Step-by-step guide on how to start auto-filling with LastPass
- Go to LastPass.com and click the option to Get LastPass Free.
- Create a LastPass account, with a master password – This will be the only last password you’ll need to remember.
- If, when prompted, download the LastPass extension to Chrome.
- Ensure the extension is red, to ensure that you are logged in to your new LastPass account.
- Keep browsing the normal way as you did before. LastPass will give you the options to save passwords, fill in logins, generate passwords, and more.
You can use your mobile phone to authenticate any device where LastPass is installed.
- Make sure you are signed in to your LastPass account and your Chrome account in the browser on a laptop or desktop computer.
- Download the LastPass Authenticator app to your smartphone, or choose one of the other available multifactor authentication options.
- On your computer, in your vault under Account Settings, click on Multifactor Options and click the pencil icon next to LastPass Authenticator.
- Set “Enabled” to confirm and follow the steps to pair the app on your Android with your LastPass account.
- Next time you log in to your LastPass vault, whether via the browser extension on your computer or the LastPass app on your phone, you’ll also get a notification to your mobile phone where you can approve the login
How to deactivate your Chrome password manager and switch to LastPass.
LastPass will store your Google password, so you can sign onto any device or platform where you access Chrome.
- Make sure you are signed in to your Chrome browser with your Google account.
- In the Settings menu under ‘Autofill’, click on the ‘Passwords’ drop-down and switch the toggle off, so Chrome no longer offers to save your passwords.
- Switch the second toggle off for “Auto Sign-In” so that LastPass can take overfilling your credentials on all your favorite sites.
- To ensure all existing saved passwords transfer over to LastPass, export your previously saved passwords and logins into a CSV file.
- Take the security challenge to see how strong your passwords are. If you have any weak or reused passwords, use the LastPass password generator to create new ones and update those accounts.
- Now, import the file to LastPass.
To enable its users to migrate their existing password account to LastPass easily, there is an Import function that you can use to import your browser password setting. It also supports other password managers like KeePass, and 1Password, among others.
When using LastPass, an unobstructive popup will appear to ask you if you want to save the password for that site.
If the password is already in your account, when you go to the site, the login field will be prefilled with your login credential. There is even an auto-login function that you can use to quickly log in to your site.
LastPass also comes with a form filling feature that you can use to quickly fill up your form. The only downside of using autofill is that autofill pops up every time it detects a fillable form when you visit a new site, even including an email-newsletter-subscription box.
Bring LastPass with you everywhere
If you have installed portable Google Chrome on your USB drive, you can also install LastPass on the portable Google Chrome so that you have access to your password even when you are away from your computer. This is useful if you are on a traveling trip and need to use public Wi-Fi to go online.
Backing up your password
When you save your password in LastPass, the password gets stored in an encrypted form in the LastPass server.
To avoid incidents where your password is inaccessible when the server is down, you can install LastPass Pocket on your computer and have it export and back up your account setting (including passwords) to your local hard drive.
LastPass is an online company that has created a useful and secure password manager for the web browser. As a password manager, this is one account that you want to make sure is secure as possible. Using two-step authentication is always recommendable when it comes to online security.
Without a doubt, you are bound to find working with LastPass for Chrome a hassle-free procedure. As expected, all your passwords and login credentials are neatly stored in an encrypted Vault, locked with a master password.
LastPass ensures that the user can store and securely manage passwords, and add a credit card and shopping profiles. The user can even attach documents and other types of content including multimedia, take advantage of the useful form fills and secure notes, as well as generate an extremely strong password with ease.
When it comes to protecting yourself online, you need more than what the browser password manager can provide. You have a sense of peace of mind with a good password manager like LastPass.
It guarantees features that make your security stronger, with one safe place to manage your online activities. A standalone password manager like LastPass gives you more security with features like password sharing, a password generator, and automatic backup and sync to all your devices.