LastPass 4.0 is out introducing big changes

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 5, 2016
Updated • Jan 5, 2016

The LastPass team has released the first big update of the popular online password manager since the acquisition of the company by LogMeIn.

LastPass 4.0 has been released for all platforms the password manager is available on, and existing users will notice immediately that the new version introduces a new look and feel.

According to the company, the new LastPass is more modern than before. The vault interface, browser extension menus and the web vault accessible on the company website have all been redesigned by the team.

LastPass users who prefer the old layout can switch back to it for the time being by clicking on the profile icon and using the "toggle LastPass 3.0" switch. While that is a possibility for now, it won't be a permanent option as the team plans to remove the feature over the next months.

LastPass 4.0

The company plans to push out automatic updates for all supported user types (Free, Premium and Enterprise), on all systems in the coming weeks.

In a nutshell, LastPass 4.0 is more modern. We redesigned the vault, the browser extension menus, and the web vault at LastPass is faster, more intuitive, and more approachable for current and new users.

LastPass users who don't want to wait this long to get the update can visit the official download page on the company website to download the latest version manually to their devices. It seems however right now that at least some versions have not been updated yet on the download page.

The redesign is without doubt the center piece of LastPass 4.0 but it is not the only change.

The Emergency Access feature has been designed to provide friends, family members and trusted third-parties with an option to access a user's LastPass vault.

Users need to add people to a trust list first before the feature becomes available. A waiting period is set up automatically which defines the time trusted users need to wait before they can access passwords and notes.

The owner of the account may decline requests at any time during the wait period ensuring that trusted people don't access the vault without need.

LastPass has not revealed exactly how the feature works. Considering that a user's master password is required to access the data, it is unclear right now how others would gain access to a user's vault without it.

The company reveals how the feature works.

How is Emergency Access secure? When you set up Emergency Access, your vault is encrypted locally and then synced with LastPass. LastPass stores the encrypted data until it’s released after the waiting period you specify, and only the Emergency Access contact has the key to be able to decrypt and access your vault. It’s inaccessible to LastPass, and to other outside parties.

The company released an additional document highlighting how the feature works in detail. Basically, it appears as if the vault is secured using the "trusted contact's" public key but not released to the contact directly but stored by LastPass instead. The data is made available to the contact after the "wait period" is over.

Emergency Access

The new sharing center is another improvement, if you share passwords or other data with others regularly. Instead of having to email or text passwords, you can simply share passwords with others from within LastPass.

You’ll see tabs for items that you’re sharing with others, for items that others are sharing with you, and for Shared Folders. In each tab, you can review who has access to which passwords or notes, share new items, or remove someone’s access at any time. Plus, you can check if someone’s received the password you shared with them, and remind them if they haven’t accepted it.

Now You: Are you a LastPass user? What's your take on the update?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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