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LastPass Android App Updated to Allow Users to Fill Passwords in From Within Apps and Google Chrome

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In the 21st century, hacking is something to fear, which means using one password for all of your services is a bad idea. Fortunately, secure tools have sprung up allowing users to create and store complex passwords for different services, LastPass being one of the more prominent ones. Today’s update allows Android users to automatically fill in logins for apps and Google Chrome.

Using the accessibility functions found on Android version 4.3 and higher for Chrome, LastPass is able to conjure a box allowing users to autofill password information. Those insane passwords you generate through LastPass can finally now be used on mobile without a heck ton of memorization — it doesn’t get much simpler than that.

The update also sports bug fixes and allows users to use PINs up to 12 digits long, if any of you were into that sort of thing. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with the app, it is available as a free 14-day trial and will run you a dollar a month henceforth. Also, keep in mind that to use the new feature in apps, you must be running an Android version Jelly Bean or higher, and for the Chrome feature Android 4.3 plus.

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  • Terrance Steiner

    I was so excited until I read that I have to be on Android 4.3 or higher. My Razr HD is still rocking 4.2.2. At least I am looking forward to using this on my Nexus 7. Hopefully Moto sends out the update they promised soon.

    • Terrance Steiner

      I stand corrected. This version will fill in apps for Android 4.1 and above. The Android 4.3 limitation is for filling in passwords in Chrome only.

  • Ryan5609

    Finally! Hated Lastpass’s browser and I am not a fan of Dolphin.

  • BetterWithRoot

    Serious question, where are they storing your passwords? Is it encrypted on your device, is it kept in the cloud? I feel a little unsecure about giving one place all my passwords. I mean is there a log in in the app? I think the author said it best with “which means using one password for all of your services is a bad idea.”

    • devman

      https://lastpass.com/how-it-works/

      Passwords are stored in the cloud, but they are stored encrypted with a password only the user has. Meaning LastPass employee’s can’t access your vault. It is similar to uploading an encrypted file to dropbox.

      • kendokan

        They are also cached locally, so you can still access your passwords if you don’t have Internet connectivity.

  • http://www.pakistantribe.com Farhan Zafar

    LastPass apart, we all should avoid using very common passwords ourselves like mentioned in the post

    http://www.pakistantribe.com/story/8893/10-passwords-you-should-not-use-to-protect-your-web-social-media-and-devices/

  • Hothfox

    I couldn’t get this to work on my Moto X 4.4.2. Tried a banking app and the bank’s website in Chrome. It would sometimes populate the fields, but when I tapped GO, it didn’t go.

  • devman

    This feature doesn’t work for me on my Galaxy S3. I’m 0-3, on it correctly filling in login info. I tested it on a banking app, a health insurance app and an airline app. The airline app was the only one it got close, but it reversed the username and password boxes.

    That being said, I’ve never found the copy/paste method to be that huge a burden so I’ll probably just keep doing that. LastPass is a pretty awesome service.

  • cgalyon

    Really torn on this myself. I use LastPass (was a pain on mobile browser prior to this), but it’s been very inconsistent in auto-filling on a number of sites I use frequently. I keep wondering if there is a more reliable or better alternative (such as KeePass) that I should be using. Problem is, it seems hard to find a good review of these services: looking at reliability, compatibility, security, setup requirements, back-up capability (safeguards), and cost.

  • coolsilver

    Thank you. Finally can use Chrome more often. Otherwise I use Dolphin with addon.

  • JagoX

    Dat memory usage though…ouch! On my VZW GNex it was ~64MB. As much as I LOVE the feature when I played around with it, it’s gonna have to wait until I’m off contract & with a better carrier in 1-2 months.

  • Dustin

    Been a premium LastPass user for a couple of years now and love it. I have been using the dolphin browser extension and that works very well. After seeing this post I tried it out for chrome and although it works, it is a bit clunkier than the extension for dolphin. Although I like the look of chrome browser over dolphin, I will stick with dolphin until something like extension for chrome on android is made available (if at all).

    • kendokan

      The bookmarklet feature works very well on Chrome mobile. Install from the LP app, then in Chrome when on a form you want to fill just hit the URL bar and type in “lp”. It will fill the form for you and you can go on your merry way.

  • dadeo

    3.2 update erased my sites in vault and left me with no access to any site. Logging onto the vault crashes IE. You Maam have lost all credibility. My bad, should have listened and went with Robo Form.

    • coolsilver

      Sounds like an issue you should address with LastPass. Even though they have your data encrypted they hopefully can restore the noncorruped data.

  • Drooblz

    People can complain about paying for a service just to use a mobile app, but this thing pays for itself over and over again. This just adds another reason to convince my friends to get it. You have no reason to keep a simple password for most sites/apps, when you’ll get a prompt either way.

    • j

      what do you mean it pays for itself.

      • Drooblz

        Peace of mind and having less hassle when dealing with passwords. One less password to remember.

        • j

          gotcha.

      • kendokan

        It doesn’t pay for itself, but it does provide a value I consider to be much, much higher than the cost.

  • Tom Z

    I’ve been using LastPass since it became a plug-in for Dolphin… Nice to see it now supports apps, something I was hoping would happen. It is well worth the $1 a month for the convenience and security of my random passwords.

  • AngryBadger

    I use Keepass and Drive for syncing… freeeee :D (tons of options within the app as well)

    • Woopwoop

      Careful with Drive for syncing, you might want a backup. When I was deciding between Kee and Last, I saw numerous mentions of potential DB corruption with Kee when using Drive or Dropbox. Ultimately went with Last for convenience.

      • AngryBadger

        Yeah, I have copies only coming from my desktop to the cloud apps (I use more than just Drive). Just in case Drive gets corrupted, I have backups waiting. :)

  • seriously

    Um how much were you paid to put this ad up? Seriously DL, get this garbage off your site, you look like a bunch of sellouts putting up this crap. This app is only useful to the android community if you pay a monthly fee!

    • Laki S.

      Are you seriously that cheap??

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      You may hold your opinions on whether this is garbage or not, but I can assure you that this is neither an advertisement nor a paid post. Everything listed in this article is either the sole opinion of myself or an indisputable fact, and has not been influenced by any form of bribery or otherwise — this goes for all of my articles, actually.

    • Jeff718

      Are they supposed to review and write on only free apps? Seriously, stop trolling.

    • michael arazan

      I kind of depend on DL to tell me about apps, especially as useful as this one.

      • drparty

        Agreed. I don’t want to take the time to install/uninstall all the apps they review to try them myself. That’s why they have editors like rithvik to review stuff and update us so you don’t have to do it yourself. Pretty handy imho.

    • mustbepbs

      If you haven’t noticed, basically everyone is reporting this, like most Android news. They all basically report the same stuff.

    • John
      • BillySuede

        +1000

    • BillySuede

      post less.

  • ChuckDz3

    Is this what Eric was talking about a few droid life episodes back?

  • banksj17

    Just paid for password box because they added this not too long ago. Wish I would have seen this first.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    I love LastPass and have been using it now for quite some time. I have a random password set for each site (the maximum character count each site will allow). Fantastic tool .. well worth the $1 per month for the premium service.

  • Leonard Wong

    Looks like I will give it a try again!

  • Boom

    How do you enable this?

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      When I opened the app after updating, it led me to enable it in Accessibility settings. Then it worked fine. I’d suggest manually just enabling it through Settings if the app doesn’t tell you to, provided you’re running the correct version of Android.

      • Boom

        Got it. I thought it was updated, After updating it was fixed.

    • slvfox

      Either download the app or update the app if you already have it installed. Once you open it up it will guide you through.