Manage Passwords with LastPass

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As employees of UC Davis, we are required to take an annual Cyber Security training which overviews best practices for saving and managing account passwords. That training recommends using password management software to securely store your account passwords as opposed to traditional methods such as post-it notes and Excel files. In order to accomplish this, the Administrative IT team recommends LastPass to manage account identities and passwords.

What is LastPass?

LastPass is a password manager and password generator that locks your passwords and personal information in a secure vault. LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you, and generates new, secure passwords instantly. With LastPass, all you need to do is remember one password instead of hundreds!

How to I get LastPass?

Administrative IT has made LastPass available via the Big Fix Self-Service Application.  You can refer to this Tech Tip to install it yourself onto your work issued computer. LastPass is also available for iOS and Android mobile devices.

How LastPass Works

  1. Get the LastPass browser extension.
    After you download LastPass, you’ll find the LastPass button img-icon-lp-chrome-button-2x-png in your browser toolbar. This button is where you log in to LastPass every day.
  2. Make a strong master password.
    Create your account with one, long secure master password and let LastPass do the rest.  A memorable passphrase is the easiest way to create a super strong master password. Just look around for inspiration. It could include the lyrics to a song, a quote from a movie and the color of your favorite coffee mug.

    Tips on How to Make a Strong Master Password.
  3. Explore your LastPass vault. 
    Where you can add, view and manage items that you’ve saved to LastPass.

    Add Sites
    Forgetting passwords is a thing of the past. Start by filling your vault. There are many ways to add sites: Let LastPass save sites as you login, import sites from your email, import/Upload from another password manager, and more.

    Create Folders
    Organize your accounts by creating folders

    Create Secure Notes
    Add notes for insurance cards, memberships, prescriptions, Wi-Fi passwords....all the odds and ends. LastPass keeps them organized and safe instead of on Post-It notes on your desk.

    Audit your passwords
    Use the LastPass Security Challenge to find weak, duplicate, old, and vulnerable passwords that may be lurking in your vault, and update them to improve the security of your accounts.

How to use LastPass

Create a LastPass account
Get Started with LastPass
User Manual

Is LastPass Secure?

LastPass has implemented AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 and salted hashes to ensure complete security in the cloud. You’ll create an account with an email address and a strong master password to locally-generate a unique encryption key.

Your data is encrypted and decrypted at the device level. Data stored in your vault is kept secret, even from LastPass. Your master password, and the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data, are never sent to LastPass’ servers, and are never accessible by LastPass.

Two-factor authentication (sometimes referred to as multi-factor or 2FA) adds extra security to your LastPass account by requiring a second login step before authorizing access to your vault. Learn More


Q: What is the difference between Free and Premium?  

A: In addition the functionality that Free users have, Premium customers will have the ability to share single items with more than one user, enable emergency access to their account, turn on advanced multi-factor options, LastPass for Application and receive priority tech support from the LastPass team. 

Have more questions?

LastPass Pricing FAQ
LastPass FAQ