Manage Web Browser Extension Preferences
LastPass is both an online service and an extension that runs locally in your web browser to provide service, even if online access to LastPass is unavailable. You’ll want to set up your local preferences in each web browser you use with LastPass according to the level of security you feel is necessary for that location (e.g. you may want to have a longer idle timeout at home than work).
You are strongly encouraged to review your LastPass settings after creating your account. We recognize that different users have different requirements, so although the default values are chosen as a compromise between ease of use and security, we have made it as easy as possible for users to change their security options and other settings.
LastPass does not synchronize these settings because you may want to have different security profiles or notification preferences at different places (e.g. home vs. work), so be sure to specify your settings for every web browser you use with the LastPass extension. You will also need to make these changes for every user who will be using LastPass (log in as each individual user to adjust the settings). Please note that the options available in Preferences will vary depending on the web browser you are using. For more information, please see our system requirements.
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You access your local web browser's LastPass Preferences as follows:
- In your web browser toolbar, click the inactive LastPass icon .
- Enter your email address and your LastPass Master Password, then click Log In.
- Click the active LastPass icon in your toolbar, then click Preferences.
The most crucial General settings control the way you handle going idle and being automatically logged off when you close your web browser. Your selection should be an appropriate balance between security and convenience.
- Automatically Log out when all browsers are closed – Specify when LastPass should log out of your session upon closing the web browser. If you would like LastPass to log off immediately after each session, check the box and set the value ‘0’ for minutes; when you relaunch the web browser, you will be asked to enter your Master Password. If you would like to extend the time between ending your browser session and logging out of LastPass, enter another value in the "Minutes" field. If the specific amount of time passes before you re-open the browser, you will be prompted for your Master Password. If you wish for LastPass to stay logged in upon browser close, leave the box unchecked. This setting is disabled by default.
- Automatically Log out after idle – If you frequently minimize your web browser or walk away from your computer, you may want LastPass to log off after being idle for a specific amount of time. For example, if more than one person shares a home computer, you may want LastPass to timeout after 10 minutes of inactivity (no keyboard or mouse movements) so that someone else sitting down to the computer will not have access to your Vault and account information. After the specified amount of time, the icon will turn gray, indicated that you are logged off. Click the icon to log in again. Leave this setting unchecked if you wish for LastPass to stay logged in between browser sessions. This setting is unchecked by default.
- Open New Pages in – This drop-down menu allows you to choose whether you want LastPass to open pages in new tabs, new windows, or within the tab you are using. For example, if you click on your LastPass icon , click on Sites, and select a Site, LastPass will launch the URL according to your specifications and proceed to auto-log you in to the Site. By default, LastPass will open new pages in tabs.
- Highlight Input boxes – Enable field highlighting, so that when you navigate to a Site that is stored in LastPass, the fields become outlined in red and populated with the LastPass logo when your credentials are autofilled. LastPass enables this setting by default.
- Show My LastPass Vault After Login – This setting allows your Vault to be opened immediately after you log in to the LastPass web browser extension.
- Automatically Fill Login Information – This default setting instructs LastPass to auto-populate any stored login fields (such as username and password) when you navigate to a stored URL.
- Use Compact Toolbar – Compresses the LastPass toolbar into the small Icon on your browser menu. In Internet Explorer, you can switch between toolbar modes: Compact Toolbar, Command Bar, Full Toolbar.
- Show Sites in Folders– Turn the Folder feature on or off with this setting. If you organize your stored sites into Folders, we recommend leaving this default setting enabled.
- Hide Context Menu Options – Disables the right-click LastPass menu options. This setting is disabled by default.
- Default Form Fill Profile – To specify your default Form Fill profile, select a saved profile from the drop-down menu. No profile is selected by default, and is meant to be used in conjunction with the Form Fill hotkey.
- Do not overwrite fields that are already filled – If you wish to manually enter data in a particular web form field, and do not want LastPass to overwrite the field with stored information, enable this setting (disabled by default).
- Restore “General” Defaults – Click on this button to restore the default settings for the General section.
The Notifications options control when LastPass prompts you to take action as you browse to a stored URL, log in to a new Site, or fill a web form. By enabling or disabling certain notification options, you can change how often you are prompted with the drop-down toolbar. By default, all notification settings are checked to allow you maximum access to all LastPass features.
- Show Notifications – Globally enables the notification bar. We do not recommend shutting off the notification bar unless you want to manually complete all actions via your LastPass icon . LastPass enables this option by default.
- Offer to Generate Secure Passwords – When LastPass recognizes that you are registering for a new account that requires a password, this notification prompts you to use the Generate a Secure Password feature. LastPass enables this option by default.
- Show Form Fill Notifications – LastPass automatically detects web forms, such as billing information, when checking out at an online shopping Site. Enabling this notification ensures that LastPass will prompt you to fill the detected web form with one of your saved Form Fill profiles. If you have enabled the “Show certain notifications only after click” setting, you may need to click within one of the web form fields to be prompted with the Form Fill notification. LastPass enables this option by default.
- Show Save Site Notifications – When enabled, LastPass will prompt you to save the login data for an unsaved Site after you have logged in the first time. LastPass enables this option by default.
- Show notifications below browser – When enabled, LastPass will show notifications at the bottom of your browser screen (by default, it shows on the top of your web browser). This feature is supported in the Internet Explorer web browser only.
- Show certain notifications only after click – When enabled, this setting restricts how often LastPass will prompt you for Form Fill and LastPass logins. For example, if you enable this setting, LastPass will not prompt to fill a web form until you have clicked within one of the web form fields. We have enabled this default setting to reduce the frequency with which LastPass prompts you with the notification bar.
- Show Fill Notification Bar – Enables the 2.0 style notification bar that offers to AutoLogin or AutoFill your website credentials for you.
- Show Save Site Notification Bar – Enables the notification toolbar that offers to save a new Site entry when LastPass detects that a new password has been entered for a Site.
- Show Change Password Notification Bar – Enables the drop-down toolbar when LastPass detects a password that is different from the password stored for that Site entry in your Vault. LastPass enables this option by default.
- Click Icons in Fields – Enables the 3.0 style field icons that allow you to seamlessly AutoFill your website credentials.
- Show Matching Sites Count In Toolbar – Indicates the amount of matching usernames stored in your Vault for the current page your web browser is on, and the Field icon displays the number of matching Site entries.
Hotkeys allow you to create keyboard shortcuts for a number of LastPass features. Because hotkeys vary among operating systems and web browsers, LastPass will select the default hotkeys for the particular extension you are using. It is important to verify that a change in one of your LastPass hotkeys will not interfere with other default hotkeys for your computer.
- Generate Secure Password – If you are creating a new account, this hotkey allows you to bring up the Generate a Password dialog box and copy the auto-generated password. The Generate Secure Password hotkey is Alt+G by default.
- Recheck Page – If the page has changed since it was loaded and LastPass hasn’t filled in the available fields automatically, this hotkey allows you to quickly force LastPass to check the page again. Recheck Page can also be accessed from the Tools menu in your LastPass icon menu options. The Recheck Page hotkey is Alt+I by default.
- Site Search – Brings up the dialog box showing all of your stored sites with a search bar that allows you to easily sort through your sites. You do not need to be in your LastPass Vault to open the Site Search dialog using the hotkey. The Site Search hotkey is Alt+W by default.
- Fill In Next Login (When Multiple) – If you have multiple logins stored for the same domain or URL, LastPass will autofill with one of your entries but will prompt for you to fill with one of your other saved sets of login data. You can easily move to the next autofill options by using this hotkey (Alt+Page Up by default).
- Fill In Previous Login (When Multiple) – If you have multiple logins stored for the same domain or URL, LastPass will autofill with one of your entries but will prompt for you to fill with one of your other saved sets of login data. You can easily move to the previous autofill options by using this hotkey (Alt+Page Down by default).
- Submit Form – Automatically submits a login form or web form. The Submit Form hotkey is Alt+J by default.
- Open My LastPass Vault – Need quick access to your local Vault? This hotkey opens your local Vault in a new tab or window, according to your General settings. The Open Vault hotkey is Ctrl+Alt+H by default.
- Save All Entered Data – The Save All Entered Data allows you to automatically capture all login data for the page. LastPass shows you the captured data in a dialog box, where you can edit the settings for the Site before clicking save. There is no default Save All Entered Data hotkey.
- Log Out – Allows you to immediately end your LastPass session, and will autolog you out of any open Vault pages as well as extensions that are sharing browser states. There is no default logoff hotkey.
- Fill In Default Form Fill Profile – Once you have set your default Form Fill, this hotkey allows you to autofill a web form with a few keystrokes. There is no default Form Fill Profile hotkey.
We select the default settings for your Advanced options that we feel will optimize your browsing experience with LastPass. However, you may wish to change these settings according to your security needs or personal preferences.
- Automatically login to sites if time since last login > (seconds) – LastPass is set to automatically log you back in to a Site after 25 seconds if you have been logged off.
- Warn before filling insecure forms – If you are concerned about security when filling out a web form, you can enable LastPass to notify you of a possibly insecure form; this setting is disabled by default. This setting determines what an insecure form is by distinguishing between GET and POST submission forms.
- Enable infield popup – Allow LastPass to prompt you to save credentials, generate a new password, or use a Form Fill when logging into a Site for the first time. This setting is disabled by default.
- Respect AutoComplete=off – Allow websites to disable the Autofill feature. This option is disabled by default.
- Poll Server for account changes – By default, LastPass will poll the server every 15 minutes to check for changes to your LastPass account.
- Clear Clipboard after use – LastPass is set to clear your clipboard after a default amount of time. If you’ve been copy/pasting your secure data into login fields or web forms, this ensures that your data cannot be compromised by being left on the clipboard. You must have the binary component installed for this option.
- Recently Used Site List – LastPass automatically shows ten of your most recently visited LastPass-stored sites under the "Recently Used" sub-menu. However, this preference option allows you to customize the number of recently used sites that appear in your ‘Recently Used’ sub-menu. If you set the value to zero, the ‘Recently Used’ sub-menu will be hidden from your Icon menu.
- Search within secure notes – By default, LastPass gives you the ability to search within your Secure Notes.
- Open Login dialog when start browser – LastPass does not enable this feature by default. By enabling this option, you will be automatically prompted to log in to LastPass upon opening your browser. We recommend this setting if you use LastPass every time you open your browser and prefer not to have to click the LastPass icon to log in.
- Save a disabled One Time Password locally for Account Recovery – By default, LastPass stores a One-Time Password to aid you in the Account Recovery process, should you forget your Master Password.
Note: If an attacker is able to obtain your locally stored OTP (and decrypt it while on your computer) and gain access to your email account, they can compromise your data if this option is turned on. We feel this threat is low enough that we recommend the average user not to disable this setting. We also recommend to never install LastPass on a public or untrusted computer.
- Share login state between other browsers – If you frequently use more than one browser, you can set LastPass to share login states between all browsers with the LastPass web browser extension installed on your operating system. For example, if you use both Firefox and Chrome with the shared login state enabled, you can log in to LastPass on one browser and automatically be logged in to the other. When you are done with your browsing session, logging out of LastPass on one web browser will also log you out of the other. The shared login state is enabled by default to make your browsing experience faster and easier. The binary component must be installed to make this option available.
- Enable New Login Screen – Enables the new login screen in Chrome that pops out directly from the LastPass icon in the browser toolbar. Disabling this option reverts to the previous log in process, where selecting Login from the icon launched a full tab in Chrome and allows you to log in there.
- Clear Filled Fields on Log out – Enabling this preference will automatically clear any fields that have been filled by LastPass on the current page your web browser is on when you log off LastPass.
- Show Matching Sites in top Level Menu – Selecting this option will show matching sites for the current page your web browser is on in the top level of the drop-down menu from the LastPass icon in your web browser toolbar. This is where matching sites previously used to appear in 2.0 versions of LastPass. In LastPass 3.0 versions, matching sites show under the "Show Matching Sites" option on the top level of the drop-down menu, and are only one click away.
- Language – Allows you to change the Default language setting for the web browser extension. This change will only apply to the LastPass web browser extension whose settings you are editing, so you will need to modify the selection on all LastPass browser extensions that you use in addition to the Online Vault language setting.
The Icons tab allows you to choose a customized pair of On/Off icons for your LastPass extension icon.