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Using LastPass for more than just managing passwords



LastPass is more than just a password manager. It is an encrypted vault where you can store secure notes, secret bookmarks, and even entire files. You can also save your address and credit card numbers and fill them in online forms.

Saving Secure Notes

You can store secure notes in LastPass and passwords. To do this in LastPass on a desktop, click on the LastPass icon in your browser's toolbar, select "Safe notes" and click "Add note". In the LastPass iPhone or Android app, open the Notes section in your vault and tap the + (plus sign) button.

LastPass has secure notes templates to help you organize your data. For example, if you make a note with your driver's license information, you can select the "Driving License" note type and then enter data in fields such as number and expiration date. There are similar templates for Wi-Fi passwords, credit card numbers, social security cards, passports and anything else you might want to save.

To enter what you want, you can select the "Generic" option and get a large text box. If you want to store a different type of data in your vault, you can even create a custom template. Just click on the Note Type field, scroll down and click Add Custom Template.

You can save as many notes as you like and even sort them into folders. To find your notes, click LastPass Icon> Secure Notes, or select Safe Notes in the vault of the LastPass Smartphone app. You can also search all your safe notes using the search box in LastPass.

Like all passwords you store in LastPass, these notes are securely encrypted and stored in your vault. If LastPass is locked, no one can see it. And they will be available on all your devices through the LastPass app, as they are synced just like passwords.

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Keep files in your vault

Even better: you can attach files directly to back up notes. With LastPass you can store entire files in your vault.

This may be useful for identity documents, for example. You could take a photo of your driver's license or passport and attach it to the appropriate secure note so that you always have a photographic copy if you need it in the future. However, you can also attach and save any other type of file.

Files you save here are encrypted just like passwords and notes. So this is safer than just saving them in your Dropbox account or in the Photos App of your smartphone.

Click the Add Attachment button while creating or editing a secure note to add any file. In the smartphone app, tap the paperclip icon at the top of the screen while editing a note to attach a photo.

According to the LastPass documentation, each attachment can be up to 10 MB in size. Free LastPass accounts can only store 50 MB of files, while paid LastPass accounts can store up to 1 GB

Create a list of secret bookmarks

LastPass can save secret bookmarks hidden in yours are normal web browser. If you have sensitive websites that you would like to remember, but nobody wants to know, keep them here.

To create a new bookmark, click on LastPass> Sites> Add Site

Enter the address of the web page you wish to visit in the URL field. For example, to bookmark Google Calendar, enter https://google.com/calendar. Name the bookmark as you like, eg. For example, "Google Calendar."

You can save the bookmark anywhere. For example, you can store it in a special Bookmarks folder so you can easily find it.

When you're done, leave the username and password fields blank and click "Save."

You can now click LastPass> Sites, click the name of the bookmark folder you created, and click the bookmark name to immediately open it in a new browser tab. This list of bookmarks is also displayed under Sites in the LastPass smartphone app.

This works because you can go to your vault and click on a saved site to open it. LastPass will automatically enter your username and password. However, if you save a site without a username and password, LastPass stores the address and quickly opens it.

Enter address, credit card number and more automatically

LastPass remembers and fills in more than just usernames and passwords. You can save your name, address, phone number, credit card number, and other personal information in LastPass to facilitate online entry.

To create a form fill profile in LastPass, click LastPass icon> Fill Forms.

If you see a standard form fill profile, click "Edit" to edit it, or click "Fill Form" to create a new one. If you'd like to quickly fill in your credit card number, click "Add credit card" instead.

With LastPass you can enter all information, including name, date of birth, gender, mailing address, email address, phone number, credit card information, social security number, bank sort code and much more. Save your data by clicking "Save" when you're done.

You can even create multiple profiles if you want. For example, you can create a profile for your mailing address and another for a family member's mailing address if you frequently order online packages for that person.

If you want to fill this information online, click on the profile icon in a box and select the form fill profile, the saved credit card, or whatever else you'd like to fill out.

You can also click on LastPass icon> Fill out form and click on the name of a form fill. The information from your saved profile will be automatically added to the form on the current page.

Setting up emergency access just in case

LastPass provides an emergency access feature that can grant access to your stored information to others if you are unable to work.

Here's how it works: If you enable emergency access, select another person's LastPass account and specify a 48-hour wait. This person can request access to your account at any time. LastPass will send you an e-mail and you can decide if you want to decline the request. However, at the end of the wait (eg 48 hours), the timer will expire and LastPass will grant that person access to all your data.

For example, you might want to create a trusted family member or friend for emergencies. If you ever end up in a coma, that person will get access to your stored information. However, this person will never be able to access your data without your permission, while you can reject the request.

To begin setup, open your LastPass vault (LastPass icon> My Vault) and under Emergency Access, click the bottom left corner of the vault page. Your emergency access user must have their own LastPass account, but a free account also works.

Source: LastPass


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