LastPass 2.0.20 released, introduces automatic security score

LastPass is without doubt one of the most popular online password managers. Not only is it available for nearly every web browser and mobile device, it also makes available an incredible amount of features besides the mere password database feature.  Among the features are synchronization between all devices and applications, automatic form filling, secure note storing, two-factor authentication support or a secure password generator.

Today's update to LastPass 2.0.20 brings along several new features and improvements to existing features. The big new feature in this version of the application is the computation of an automated security score. If you have used LastPass in the past you know that it comes with a feature to analyze the security of individual passwords saved in the database.  This addition displays an overall security score to you based on the strength of all passwords, the frequency of duplicate passwords, and the user of LastPass security features.

It in addition to that makes suggestions on how to improve the security score. When you make changes to LastPass, you will notice that they are immediately reflected in a new score.

last pass security score screenshot

You can compare how certain feature changes or changes to passwords modifies the overall security score of your LastPass account. It can also act as a reminder that you still need to work on the account security to get that perfect 100% score.

The secure password generator has been integrated into the main menu that pops up when you click on the LastPass button in the browser toolbar. It can also be spawned with the shortcut Alt-G but the availability in the menu improves its accessibility.

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lastpass clear fields screenshots

The developers have added a new option to the LastPass Control Panel. Here you find the Clear filled fields on logoff option under advanced which clears all filled fields by LastPass automatically when you log out.



Previously, if your LastPass session was still active in the browser and a login page was open, any stored logins would be filled in automatically, and the data that LastPass filled would stay filled regardless of whether LastPass timed out.

LastPass users may also notice an increased login speed. The developers suggest that existing users increase the password iteration count to 5000 which makes it difficult for a computer to brute force the master password. To do so, open the vault, select Settings and there the Increase Iterations options. The count is automatically set to 5000 for new LastPass account owners.

You can read about additional changes, the most noticeable is support for the Maxthon browser, over at the official LastPass blog.

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Responses to LastPass 2.0.20 released, introduces automatic security score

  1. Scott February 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks, Martin. I wonder how long it's going to take them to update LastPass for Firefox & LastPass Portable for Firefox, both of which are still at 2.0.0

    • Ahmad February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      I installed it in morning and it is at 2.0.20 for Firefox. Try it..

  2. Solidstate89 February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Is there anyway to shut off the automated security scan? I have no idea why they think that would be a good idea, becauase to do the scan, your entire password database needs to be unencrypted and the passwords scanned in plaintext to determine their strength and if there are any re-used passwords.

    It was fine when you would do the security analysis manually, but now that it's automated - what are the security implications of it?

    • Nebulus February 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      I don't use LastPass, but I was thinking the same thing. In order to analyze the passwords strength, they need to be read as clear-text, so this is not exactly the best idea when it comes to security. The more you manipulate clear-text information with an algorithm/software, the more probable is to screw things up at some point.

  3. Rodalpho February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    The various addons are updated, but the only way (that I found) to update them is to download the lastpass executable from their website. The firefox autoupdate doesn't work-- my lastpass addon was still at 2.0.0, even though there had been 3-4 updates since then.

  4. Eli February 9, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    For the people who aren't getting the Firefox update to show, my guess is it will take a day or two before it shows up on the Mozilla's add-on page, but if you want the update right now you can go to this page https://lastpass.com/support.php?lpnorefresh=1 and it should give a message like "You are running an outdated version of Lastpass, update here" and you can update that way.

  5. Alan February 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Thanks for the information, but I'll stick with Keepass. It's really a terrific password manager.

  6. Scott February 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    When I posted my first comment, 2.0.20 for Firefox (and Firefox Portable) wasn't available on the LastPass site, but when I checked again this morning, it was updated. The update still isn't available on mozilla.org or through the Add-on Update, but I'd rather get it straight from the source anyway.

  7. Albert February 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Can you explain to me the difference between this password manager and f.i. RoboForm? I've been using RoboForm to full satisfaction for a number of years now, it works cross platform, even on my iPhone, Windows PC/desktops AND on my MAC OS systems. All systems are automatically synchronized as well.
    Curious to hear your comparisons
    Thanks in advance

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