LastPass is a popular online password manager that is available for various web browsers, mobile devices, the desktop, and even as an online service. The service features a lot that users would expect of a password manager, including the ability to synchronize passwords, access the passwords online without installation of a software or add-on, form filling, and even advanced security features like two factor authentication support.
The company behind the program has just released version 2.0 of LastPass which, as suitable, ships with several new features that LastPass users can make use of.
Probably the biggest change in LastPass 2.0 is the change from being a pure password manager to a program that can store different types of documents and files securely as well. If you are a LastPass user you know that you were able to save different types of information in previous versions of LastPass. This however is extended now to give users options to save important files and documents as well.
The password manager's secure notes feature accepts file attachments now that users can add to their notes. This can be a pdf document for instance, images or other forms of documents that you may want to keep safely tucked away in the secure vault. If you are traveling, you could add a photo copy of your passport in there, bills for expensive gadgets and items, or financial statements.
LastPass users from the United States can furthermore sign up for the free credit monitoring that LastPass has implemented into the program.
If any changes are detected that could affect your credit report, such as suspected fraud or changes to your personal account information, you will receive a notification issued from TransUnion that something has happened. You can cross-check this alert with your own actions that may have resulted in the change (did you open a credit card, or take out a loan?)
Users who want more information and advise can sign up for the LastPass Premium credit monitoring service which costs $9.95 per month which offers the following benefits:
Additional improvements include a now unified vault which now looks the same locally and on the web, and improvements in the vaults that speed up access to often accessed features and services. Internet Explorer users furthermore benefit from faster start-up times and silent upgrades.
Depending on how you use LastPass, you will either get automatic updates, or need to download the latest version from the official website where it is already available for all supported web browsers and operating systems.
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