You will need a LastPass account to access LastPass.
Your HarvardKey can be stored in LastPass like any other account. Unlike other accounts, you will need to remember this password. Storing the password in LastPass will save you from having to type it in your web browser, but you'll still need to remember it for logging into your computer.
LastPass works smoothly with many sites, but websites and web browsers often interpret scripts differently. If you find LastPass isn’t automatically filling in your passwords, you can always get your passwords directly by clicking the LastPass icon in your browser and opening your vault. All your usernames and passwords can be viewed and copied from there.
If you miss the renewal, your account will go from “premium” to “free”. You can restore the premium features at any time by going through the same process as you would for placing an existing LastPass account under Harvard’s payment plan.
The best way to keep your LastPass account secure is by using a very strong, unique password and enabling two-step verification. Follow the guide for creating strong passwords here, and the guide for enabling two step verification in LastPass here.
LastPass does not have your master password so they cannot reset it or retrieve it for you. If you are concerned about this, you may consider writing down your master password and storing it in a secure place such as a home safe. If you are already locked out, there may be some options for recovery depending on your LastPass settings. These options can be reviewed here https://helpdesk.lastpass.com/account-recovery/.
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No company should be implicitly trusted. With that said, LastPass’s claims of security have been verified by independent third-party assessments and is highly regarded among security researchers. You can read more about their security at https://lastpass.com/enterprise/security/.
LastPass was hacked in July 2015. The goal of the attack was to get access to the password vaults Fortunately, even though the attackers got in to LastPass servers, they could not steal user passwords. Why? Because LastPass does not have access to your password vault. Without your master password, the passwords you store in LastPass stay encrypted.
Read more about the LastPass incident in 2015 at https://blog.lastpass.com/2015/06/lastpass-security-notice.html/.
Signing up for LastPass through Harvard grants you one year of personal premium access. This can be renewed every year you are with the University. If you leave the University you will either need to pay for personal premium yourself, or use the free version of the service. This version has the same security, but a few less features.