LastPass Beta for Firefox 57+ released

LastPass, creators of the password management service of the same name, have released a beta version of LastPass for Firefox that is compatible with Firefox 57 and newer versions of the web browse.

Mozilla plans to end support for legacy add-ons with the release of Firefox 57 on November 14th, 2017.  While users may switch to Firefox ESR or use the Nightly version to extend support for legacy add-ons, it is likely that most Firefox users won't go down that route.

Companies and developers need to release WebExtensions versions of their add-ons to ensure compatibility with Firefox 57, and to make sure that users keep on using the add-ons.

LastPass is a popular extension for Firefox. It has over 646,000 thousand active users at the time of writing. The company released a beta version of the upcoming WebExtensions version of LastPass earlier today.

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Firefox users can only download it from the official company website right now, as it is not available on Mozilla AMO at the time of writing (an alpha version, 4.2.0a is available however).

Those who download and install the beta version of LastPass will be transitioned to the release channel version automatically once it is released. This is done so that users are not stuck on development channels.

There are two caveats right now which you need to know about before you head over to the blog and install the beta version of LastPass for Firefox:

  • Firefox users who run LastPass 4.1.54 or earlier will have their local preferences reset during the update. This means that it is necessary to reconfigure LastPass after installation. You can check the version by clicking on the LastPass icon, and select More options > About LastPass from the menu.
  • The binary installer of LastPass cannot communicate with the WebExtension yet. Any feature requiring the binary component won't work. The binary component controls features such as attachments to secure notes, importing and exporting of data, additional encryption at the OS level, importing from Chrome, Opera and Safari password managers, autologoff functionality, login state sharing, copy password or username from vault, copy password from Password Generator, and fingerprint authentication.
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LastPass plans to release the WebExtension version next month to make sure that Firefox users that use a release version of the browser can keep on using the add-on and service associated with it.

The beta release is mostly for beta and nightly users of Firefox.

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  1. Xibula October 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    thank god no bitwarden comments here
    firefox subreddit is so obnoxious

    • Appster October 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      Over there they are saying the same about gHacks. Honestly, here at gHacks you can be either in favor or against a change, whereas at the Firefox subreddit you will be tarred and feathered when you raise your voice against recent Mozilla decisions even in the slightest. Same at Mozillazine. gHacks is actually healthier than those sites, which happen to be populated by worshippers only. Them criticizing us over here is a knightly accolade for gHacks.

      Have you noticed that every single day a posting which describes the great, awesome, stupendous performance of Firefox appears, and gets upvoted as if there was no tomorrow? Yes, that's the spirit over there.

      • Anonymous October 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        Have you noticed that there was none here despite a great article explaining WebRender published recently.

      • Anonymous October 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

        Thinking about this, it might have been too long and relying on drawings for a Ghacks article to be written about it. (It would have been a link to said article)

        Ghacks comments are mostly negative, though it depends on the period, and Reddit's mostly positive. But Xibula seemed to be talking about how on Reddit, people will propose add-on alternatives when the add-on you want is on an uncertain status. I find that helpful, not obnoxious, even though obviously alternative Y can't fit every person liking X.

      • Appster October 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

        > Ghacks comments are mostly negative, though it depends on the period, and Reddit's mostly positive.

        The mixed opinions on Firefox as of late came to pass because people naturally set different priorities. If you heavily depend on add-ons (like I do) you won't be very happy about the direction Firefox is heading in, not only because some add-ons won't be ported, but also because very powerful add-ons won't be possible with WebExtensions anyway, somewhat limiting the creativity of the authors.

        If you care about speed above all else, greatness awaits! Yet IMHO speed is nothing without having some proper functionality in the browser, so there is that.

        This is why I am telling you guys over and over again that Mozilla is only interested in the simple user crowd. If it were not so, they wouldn't have come up with the very limited framework that is WebExtensions.

        It's mostly about functionality vs. speed. Although it should be noted that some negative voices have lately been heard because of privacy disasters like Cliqz being introduced by Mozilla. Nowhere have I read anyone supporting this, and here Mozilla should really think about what they do to their users who still (somewhat blindly in some cases) trust them.

        That's my opinion on the matter. The Firefox subreddit is clearly hostile to those who want to preserve some basic functionality for their browser, while it favors the performance guys over anyone else, labeling that "progress"... However, they are completely forgetting that progress is also about creating new capabilities instead of killing them off. Try to voice such an opinion there, and I promise you they'll downvote your write-up to hell.

        Just my 2 cents.

      • www.com October 14, 2017 at 3:12 am #

        Please stop playing the victim here, Appster. LastPass seems to be doing everything it can to facilitate this change

        And there's always Bitwarden if it's not good enough for you.

      • Appster October 14, 2017 at 9:10 am #

        @www.com: How is the factual analysis of what's happening "whining"? Just because you are a simple user and won't lose anything, because you have no idea about Firefox' capabilities, doesn't mean that this is true for everyone else.

      • Martin Brinkmann October 14, 2017 at 9:41 am #

        Please keep it civil (this goes to all users, not just Appster). Please no personal attacks. You can discuss your points as much as you want, but don't call others names please.

    • Anonymous October 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      You can try out Bitwarden, until LastPass is released!

      https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addon/bitwarden-password-manager/

      • trends October 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

        Thanks for the suggestion, Anon!

        Q1) can you (easily) import into Bitwarden,
        your own Last Pass pwds?.

        Q2) more importantly,
        since Bitwarden is cloud-based,
        what is its security record?.

        MARTIN:
        maybe you want to review Bitwarden
        for the Ghacks readers?

        It would be so very helpful
        if we had a secure, credible alternative to Last Pass...

        - Ubuntu Linux 14.04, 32-bit
        - PaleMoon browser 27.5.1
        - currently using latest LastPass,
        via the MoonTesterTool addon,
        so that LP works in PaleMoon...
        (otherwise LP will not even work in the PaleMoon browser!...).

    • Fanboy October 14, 2017 at 9:22 am #

      obnoxious? it's a matter of opinion. Lastpass only just supported FF WebExtensions , when there is other password manager's out alkready supporting WebExtensions.

      As I stated in the same thread, Lastpass devs don't support or acknowledge Firefox nightly users.

  2. jasray October 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Great article - same concept that's been floating around for 20 years or more--twice the speed for half the price either in dollars or use of power in the system.

    And the article had what to do with Last Pass?

    https://hacks.mozilla.org/2017/10/the-whole-web-at-maximum-fps-how-webrender-gets-rid-of-jank/

  3. WorknMan October 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    'Firefox users who run LastPass 4.1.54 or earlier will have their local preferences reset during the update.'

    A few days, I kept getting repeated errors from Lastpass that it couldn't connect to their site, so I uninstalled and re-installed from addons.mozilla.org - got 4.1.54. Now all of my sites get wiped out from the popup menu every time I restart Firefox. I have to log out and log back in to refill them.

  4. goldendays October 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    Vacant stare at the changing color of the leaves.
    Summer green; autumn gold
    The last pass before the coastal plains
    Waves roll as generations flow through
    The misty fog of San Francisco Bay.
    All depends on imagination and knowing
    When everything isn't and who everything is.

    • trends October 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Beautiful!
      Author pls?

  5. Anonymous October 18, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    I left a comment on the FF extension reviews page for LastPass:
    "I still cannot access my vault in FF 56, Not even the desktop app works anymore. Every time I try to log in, LP tells me my password is invalid. I have sent LP several emails asking for help. They don't even respond anymore. I have tried many things to see if there is a way around the problem. Not even installing the extension in Chrome and Edge worked. Not even the new beta works. Bah on LastPass."

    Any suggestion as to how to get through to LP to get some help?

  6. CQDX October 22, 2017 at 5:18 am #

    I will add a bit more fire to the death of XUL consequences. I know the devs don't give a **** but it makes me want to punch em when I ever meet em. HERE's WHY.

    OKay Radio Tech-got's a firefox, got a Scrapbook, got whole Radio repair manuals and tweaks from 0-9 and A-Z in scrapbook and Firefox is USED FOR SCRAPBOOK. Don't want updates breaking things. But the **** story the devs give and their fanboys about how much better and faster things will be. NO you **** ****'s things won't BE at ALL.

    Okay Music Promoter-gots a firefox, they use several add-on's/extensions (Oh to cloud the ****ing names on this **** too for the ****ing masses! Describe your problem "exactly" or else get flamed young Green Horn.)
    These extensions let the promoter "CUT THRU" lots of bull**** so that they can get videos uploaded, pages rendered, and a plethora of other stuff. Whatever the band or labe use, the promotor will need to "go there" and so if it's Facecrook or MySpace or YouTube or VeVo or Livestream or whatever the promotor needs to be there a tad bit faster than the curve. being able to cycle every damn thing (JS, J, F, GL, RTC, SL, C, I, A, CS, P) on and off to GET THE JOB DONE. But the high priests at Mozilla don't give a **** they say it will be so much better and faster. No you Dip-****'s it won't be ANYTHING NOW. Who would WANT to ****ing do this anymore!?

    Some people like Proxies. there's never been a BETTER interface than "proxysel" EVER. Australis KILLED this for many, but if found new life thru palemoon (did I hack the GUID to add Palemoon's so it would install? I forget) And what about that mozilla you break things for NO reason. IF anything now there needs to be TWO addon websites one for PRE- Australius XUL hatred and one for young green horn WebExtension retardedness.

    I feel like saying **** the future! As I sip my decaf, resentment raises the blood pressure, each day we load youtube and the AUTOPLAY doesn't ****ing stop the damn video. YT's leaky, creaky, sneaky, crappy, ****ing politicised, weaponized platform, thank god there's others a starting to pop up.

    I'll bet theres a Palemoon reader right now, who knows Exactly what I mean.

    The Promoter(s) (that's plural) quit, and no more FREE videos (Art basically pinned down with technical ******** , soon it wasn't fun anymore.), and the radio tech guy, well he had extra hardware, and has an cloned XP box not internet connected with the scrapbook extension, and browser fired up - I go to him for all my VB6 needs-which in honesty with linux and gambas3 are becoming less and less.

    • Tom Hawack October 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

      I couldn't more agree. Concerning legacy add-ons which may (will) never have their Webextension equivalent, you mention ScrapBook. Indeed. I'd mention another among the most used ones, such as the 'Mozilla Archive Format' add-on, which will not be ported to a Webextension, which includes in its latest version the means to reset .mht and .maff files it had previously built to their folder equivalent, like back in the old times! It offers to do with the files it'll find in the Firefox user's default download folder : hey! my neighbor has thousands of .mht files he saved according to topics in dozens of folders! What the heck! I can tell you, him as many others are going to move to an alternative browser and when it comes to users who have plenty of data tied to Firefox they will either opt for Firefox ESR (though moving from Firefox 55+ to Firefox ESR requires reinstalling the profile's data from scratch) or move to Waterfox, and that's what my neighbor is about to do, at this time he hesitates between blocking Firefox at its actual version 56 and Waterfox.

      I say with many long-time Firefox users that Mozilla has behaved in an irresponsible way. It is basically a totally wrong choice and strategy. Legacy add-ons can exist together with Webextensions, Mozilla should have chosen that policy, it is technically feasible. Big big big mistake which they will feel once Firefox 57 on the track and farewells from many more users they ever could have expected.

  7. CQDX October 22, 2017 at 5:22 am #

    I would install firefox version. 55, 54, 53, 52 etc untill my LP add-on/ext was operational. Then pin it down so it don't upgrade again automatic. Maybe just shut off updates and remember to CHECK instead. These constant mozilla updates aren't needed--it's an agenda in my opin.

    I use palemoon and keepass so I am unaffected this time.

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