Monday, February 25, 2013

LastPass—Optimized Password Management for Chromebooks

I have been using 1Password for Mac for years. As I'm monitoring my workflow transition from my 2012 MacBook Air to the Samsung ARM Chromebook, I have been looking for alternatives that would be more conducive to the Chromebook and more deeply integrated into the Chrome browser on my Mac.

After posting the question in the Chromebooks Google+ Community which describes itself as the "largest unofficial community for Chrome OS discussion," I received an overwhelming nudge in the direction of +LastPass in lieu of +1Password.

(As a side note, I would highly recommend this community as it has a very active and engaged user base. I have found it very helpful to connect with other "Chromies" who are trying to figure out how to harness the power—yes I said power—of this emerging technology platform.)

Here are some highlights that might help you make the switch, too:
  1. You get a first-class password tool. Unless you are in a hyper-sensitive industry, the power of LastPass security features will overwhelm you at first. Take a breath and let it make you feel comfortable that you are using a robust tool.
  2. LastPass is tied to your browser and your vault in the Cloud. It isn't housed locally on your hard drive and isn't shared over a file-sharing service like Dropbox.
  3. I can share passwords with people on my team without revealing the actual password. This makes password management for my assistant and my project coordinator that much easier.
  4. LastPass allows me to store just about anything. It's not just for passwords. You can also store notes to credit card information.
  5. LastPass scores my passwords and tells me where I am weak. It is simple to update those passwords. Those updates are immediately available on every device I have that is also logged into LastPass.
  6. If you need it, you can add things like a +YubiKey and two-step verification for Google. I haven't taken this step yet, but it's a nice option.
  7. The customer support is fantastic. I had a quick follow up email from a real person soon after subscribing. When I asked a question, they actually responded. I was impressed.
I was up in minutes and a premium subscriber ($12/year) within a few more minutes. This is a tool that has way more horsepower than I need right now. When it comes to online security, I want the best. 

If you're looking for a great password and identity security solution that is web-based and is optimized for Chromebooks, then take a look at +LastPass. You won't be disappointed.

What is your password and identity management solution?