Anyone who spends time on the Internet, ends up with a multitude of passwords, far too many to effectively manage and keep safe let alone even remember. A few years ago I got excited about the prospect of OpenID, an open source foundation with the mission of implementing a single sign on solution across the Internet. OpenID did get some traction, chances are you probably do use it and not even know it, but it didn’t get enough traction to even make a noticeable dent in the giant usernames and passwords list that that most of us have. With the advent of the the iPhone and the App Store, I then later found and downloaded a few passwords vaults for my iPhone. These Apps help, but they’re still a very manual process. Too often, I’m too lazy to type a new username and password in my password vault, only to be painfully reminded of that fact a few days later when I can even remember the username I used for that site, let alone the password I created. Was that username with my email domain or without? Was it my work email address or my personal one?
Now, thanks to a colleague I’ve been introduced to LastPass, a free tool that works with almost every browser on every platform. Once LastPass is installed it reads all your cookie information and starts building a password vault that’s integrated with your browser. You need to only remember your one password for LastPass, and if you don’t forget that, all your other passwords are kept safe and secure in its password vault. Not only does it remember new passwords you create, but it will automatically fill in the login form next time you return to the website or you can even set it up to automatically log you in when you come back to that site.
It took me some time (an hour or two) to clean up all the logins and passwords it found in my browser cache, but once that was done, its been a breeze to work with. There’s a plethora of competitors out there, but LastPass is free, it comes highly recommended (and not just by me; check out their homepage at lastpass.com), and its incredibly simple to use. Interested in learning more, take a look at the LastPass introductory video below.
Being on a church budget, you can’t go wrong with the price of free. I hope you enjoy this Free Find!