Windows/Mac/Linux/Android/iOS: Password management tool LastPass updated to version 3.0 today. It includes a new design and layout that makes it easier to use, new mobile apps, and support for shared passwords among family members.
We’ve been testing the new update for a while, and the new design and layout are a welcome breath of fresh air from what can often be a difficult-to-approach tool. If you’ve been using LastPass for a while, you may not care too much about the changes, but more features are at your fingertips.
When you visit a page, you’ll be immediately prompted with tooltips and icons to either log in with saved credentials, generate a secure password automatically (and have it saved) and more. You’ll get a dynamic menu for each empty field or login box that will drop down and offer you what you need instead of you having to select it yourself.
Similarly, the browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer have been updated to make it easier to search for stored logins. The mobile apps for iOS and Android have also been updated to make search simpler, and to be more browser-focused. Their respective built-in browsers now make generating new passwords and logging in to saved sites easier.
LastPass’s new shared logins, called the “LastPass Family Plan”, allows premium users to create a shared folder and grant up to five people access to it. Inside the shared folder, you can leave credentials that you want the others to use.
If you’ve ever been daunted by LastPass’s complexity, or thought the app was difficult to approach, the updates to the desktop and mobile apps make it much easier to approach and get started with. LastPass 3.0 is available now for all platforms, and you can grab it at the link below. As always, it’s free to use on the desktop, but the mobile apps, Family Plan and other features like two-factor authentication with a USB key require a $US12 per year premium account.