LastPass fails iPad test

 

Apart from the odd security snafuLastPass has served well on my Windows desktop and laptop computers. Sadly, I need to part company with what has otherwise been a great password manager because it is appalling on the Apple iPad.

LastPass good on Windows PCs

One of the best ways to stay safe online is by using a different strong, hard-to-remember, difficult-to-crack password on each site. The phrase “hard-to-remember” offers a clue why people often fail to do this.

LastPass gets around the problem by generating random, impossible-to-guess passwords at the drop of a hat, then remembering them all in a single database protected by a single master password.

Passwords auto-fill when you open web pages with LastPass installed, so you get an immediate productivity boost from moving directly to the important information.

Seamless password security, up to a point

Because LastPass stores your passwords online, you can get at them from anywhere. Moving from my desktop to a laptop is seamless.

It works well on a Windows PC. I’ve been a happy user for over a year and was considering moving from the free version to the US$1 a month premium version so I could use the same database from my Android phone. At that price LastPass is a snip.

LastPass horrible on iPad

Password managers are pointless if they don’t work seamlessly across all your gadgets. There is a LastPass iPad application, but the iOS Safari browser doesn’t allow plug-ins. Instead, the LastPass iPad app installs a separate browser which in theory gives you the same auto-fill experience you see on a desktop computer.

This sounds good. It isn’t. The LastPass browser doesn’t integrate with the iPad operating system. So hitting a link from email, Twitter or any other application opens Safari rather than the LastPass browser. You need to manually cut and paste links between browsers to open pages this way – that’s just not acceptable.

Worse, the browser is clunky-looking and, in my experience, prone to crashing without warning. LastPass has a lot of work to do if it wants to be taken seriously as an iPad password manager.

2 thoughts on “LastPass fails iPad test

  1. Bill
    I’ve been using 1Password for many years now. Great tool, great support and good value. Mac, Windows, iOS. Syncs with Dropbox. Browser integration on the Mac is sublime…but as with LastPass it’s pretty restricted by Safari. The iOS app is however great and easy to use, which is a plus

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    • It looks like Safari breaks all password managers. At the moment I use the LastPass browser, copying and pasting passwords into Safari. Apparently this is how most others use the app.

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