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.
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.
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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