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LastPass Hits v4.0 and Brings Emergency Access

January 5, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

LastPass is one of the more popular password managers out there. It’s nice and secure, and also uses Nexus Imprint as well as Samsung’s fingerprint reader to log you into your account. It’s especially useful for those that are forgetful about their passwords. Now you just need to remember one password, or use your fingerprint. LastPass is free, but there is a premium version that allows you to use it across multiple platforms, and that costs you about $12/year. Recently, LogMeIn bought LastPass, making this the first update to the app since the acquisition. There’s nothing that’s new really, just yet. But there is a pretty cool feature called Emergency Access.

Essentially, what Emergency Access does, is it allows you to give access to a person or two, and they have access for 48 hours. Now the user will have to request access to your account. You’ll definitely want to be careful with who you give access to here, you’re basically giving them access to everything. You are still able to deny the request if you so choose. You can also choose to just share with the person, which will keep your password a secret, or give them your password. In other words, keep your password a secret or just give them your password.

The other feature new in LastPass 4.0 is sharing of passwords. So instead of just sending someone your password through Hangouts, or your favorite texting app, you know unencrypted. Now you can simply share the password through LastPass, which does not show the user the password, but lets them log into your account. Pretty helpful for sharing accounts, and not wanting everyone to know your password. Especially if you use the same password for every account, which is not a good idea anyways.

This new version of LastPass is available on the Google Play Store now. It also includes a slight design change – still material design though – as well as the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. It’s nice to see that LogMeIn hasn’t messed with LastPass to much just yet, although there’s no promise that won’t change in the near future.