LastPass password manager iOS app gets simplified UI & family logins


The popular free password manager app LastPass has been given a revamped user-interface across iOS app, Android app and browser add-on, aimed at both a cleaner look and greater ease of use.

Paid users also get access to a new Shared Family Folder, allowing up to five users to get shared access to joint logins. The LastPass blog highlights the new features in version 3.0 as:

  • Revamped user experience and user interface
  • Field icon menus for easy access to logins and LastPass tools
  • A Shared Family Folder for up to 5 users
  • Expanded Shared Folder features for LastPass Enterprise
  • A revamped LastPass for Applications
  • Secure Note history, to track changes to your notes

LastPass is a free download, and we have a detailed tutorial on how to use it.

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  1. Thomas Massengale - 9 years ago

    Why do we need LastPass and 1Password now that Mavericks and iOS7 handle auto-generated complex passwords? Am I missing something?

    • Ben Lovejoy - 9 years ago

      iCloud Keychain does some of what LastPass does, but not all of it.

      • tpetaccia - 9 years ago

        Now that would be a comparative review I’d love to read. Jus’ sayin’.

      • Ben Lovejoy - 9 years ago

        To be fair, iCloud Keychain doesn’t attempt to do everything that full-featured apps like LastPass and 1Password do. It’s a pretty good basic solution for typical users.

    • Nicholas Winnie - 9 years ago

      Keychain isn’t cross platform like LastPass. In addition, Keychain doesn’t offer two factor authentication.

    • Tim Jr. - 9 years ago

      1Password, for example, tracks more than passwords and CC numbers. I use it to track software registration licenses, drivers licenses, and a lot more..

      IMO its better than Keychain still, more flexible, and can be accessed from non-Apple products if needed. Firefox, Chrome, etc.

      • PMZanetti - 9 years ago

        It may have more features that most people don’t need…but the basics of iCloud Keychain compared to 1Password are no comparison….1Password is hideously unreliable and glitchy, and always has been.

      • Tim Jr. - 9 years ago

        Version 4 has been extremely reliable, I have had no crashes and no issues. Works great in Firefox and Safari.

    • todd - 9 years ago

      Because iCloud keychain is complete garbage.

      • PMZanetti - 9 years ago

        That’s laughable. iCloud Keychain is the best implementation of an auto-fill & password manager to date…That’s the point of it. The point of 1Password is to do the same thing (which it does not do as well), and add a laundry list of other features that most people do not need, to try and justify the cost.

        As a simple password automation app, 1Password is awful.

      • Ben Lovejoy - 9 years ago

        I’m between the two of you. :-) iCloud Keychain is basic but decent (though fails to recognise some sites). LastPass and 1Password are sophisticated and require a little more setup. There’s room for both.

  2. Last Pass is apparently so simple that anyone can use it, literally ANYONE. LastPass has experienced more security breaches over the past few years than any other password manager I know of, there are too many safe alternatives out there like Apple’s Keychain or Siber System’s industry standard password manager RoboForm to even consider PastPass.

    • Ben Lovejoy - 9 years ago

      LastPass experienced one security breach, which didn’t put at risk anyone with a strong master password, and the steps taken to remedy it make it probably the most secure system available.

      • Miguel Flippin Sanchez - 9 years ago

        Allan might have been referring to the announced exploit in early 2011 and that minor breach a few months later. They did react right and all, but it certainly scared quite a few of their users enough to look at competing softwares and I guess it still does. has the history of that after doing a little digging.

        Having used a few of the softwares available on CNET, I’d have picked RoboForm myself since they do offer a standalone machine only based version. Keepass would be a close second because of issues they previously had with chrome as a browser (they’ve probably fixed the issues by now) and Lastpass in a close third because it’s a real pain to keep the data locally only.

        This all being said, I just wanted to shout out and let you know that I really enjoy your articles. (In particular anything revolving around iOS apps as I use my tablet for everything.)

      • Ben Lovejoy - 9 years ago

        Yes, it’s all a balancing act: local-only is more secure, but not very helpful if you use multiple devices. Personally, I use strong, memorised passwords for financial sites that don’t get stored anywhere, and am happy to use LastPass for everything else.


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