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Samburaj Das

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Lastpass Gets a Major Update with a New Interface and Features

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The most widely used password manager of them all just got huge facelift via a major update that also brings in a set of useful new features.

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LastPass has announced and shared its newest update today, with LastPass 4.0. A new and improved interface, simpler navigation and a set of new features round up what is arguably the most popular password manager today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUBRgJ4-zgM

A New UI

The crisp new interface is the first thing you’re likely to notice as a LastPass user. The redesign includes a less-confusing password vault, a new web vault for the website and entirely new browser extension menus.

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Android users will also notice ‘hover’ menus that enables options such as launch, edit, share and delete, all applicable for items saved.

Emergency Sharing

The biggest new feature is the new “Emergency Access” feature exclusive to LastPass 4.0.  The feature enables users to designate a trusted acquaintance to have access to their vault, specifically in the case of an emergency.

Emergency-Access-1

A pre-set waiting period according to a user’s setting can be determined before your nominee gains access to his or her passwords and notes. If a request is made for password access during the waiting period, users have the means to deny the request and the access to passwords.

A Sharing Center

Although this was a pre-existing feature, the Sharing Center gets a new interface that is considerably less cluttered. Shared items and folders are neatly organized and can constantly be reviewed to grant or deny someone access at any time.

Sharing-Center

An excerpt from the LastPass’ blog reads:

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.

If the new interface is overwhelming, LastPass has also offered the option to toggle back to the 3.0 design, although the company insists that it “will be phasing it (ver 3.0) over the next several months.”

LastPass 4.0 is immediately available for all browers and platforms. This includes browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer on Windows, Linux and Mac. The mobile apps on both Android and iOS also get an update with the new features and interface.

Images from LastPass and Shutterstock.

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Samburaj Das

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.

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  • user

    AUTHOR Hackety Man

    Posted on 5:38 pm January 5, 2016.

    I understand how to use the new “Emergency Access” feature, but what I want to know is how does it accomplish the task of giving access to my listed emergency contact? If LastPass doesn’t save my master password, how does this emergency contact get access to my vault? And if LastPass just creates a new, one-time password to give my emergency contact access to my vault, what is to prevent this feature from becoming a security weakness that is exploited?

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