Use LastPass for Applications
LastPass for Applications (LastApp) is a desktop app for Windows that can be used to store and access the contents of your LastPass Vault. Please note that your LastPass Vault in this desktop app has a maximum capacity of 5,000 items that can be added, however, you can expect to see performance degradation when 2,500 items or more are stored.
- Fills in your application login data for you; allows you to stop using the "Remember Password" function, which can oftentimes be saved insecurely.
- As a system tray application, you can manage various Preferences (e.g., automatic logoff when you lock your computer or your screensaver starts), and utilize unique tools (e.g., using the export feature only exports Application passwords, not your entire Vault) that are specific to the app itself.
- Launch your applications directly from the LastPass for Applications system tray icon.
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- Download (64-bit or 32-bit version) and install the LastPass for Applications desktop app.
- Once installed, an inactive LastPass icon will appear in your system tray. Click on the inactive icon, then click Login.
- When prompted with the login window, enter your username and Master Password and log in. Additionally, you can choose from the following options:
- Check the box(es) to enable the "Remember Email" and/or "Remember Password" option(s).
- Click I forgot my password. Help! to reset your Master Password.
- Click Screen Keyboard to open a new web browser window and type your Master Password using an on-screen keyboard.
- Click Create an Account if you are not an existing LastPass user.
- Once logged in, an active LastPass icon appears in your system tray that you can click on to use all of the features and tools of the app, including a unique Applications tool that allows you to store login data that can be automatically filled when logging into other applications.
You can add applications to LastPass so you can store login data that can be used to log in to these apps.
- Launch your desired application but do not log in to the app.
- Click the active LastPass icon in your system tray > Add Application.
- Click Find, then select your application.
- A new window is displayed that validates the application's name and installation path. Click Next.
- When prompted with a message that recommends that you ensure your application's sign in fields are cleared, click OK.
- Click Start Training, then log in to your application.
- Once logged in, click Stop Training > Next.
- On the next window, you can customize the application's name and use the drop-down menu to select your desired group (i.e., folder) where you'd like the application's login data stored.
- Confirm the username and password that was captured for your application. Optionally, you can check the box(es) to enable the Favorite, AutoFill, and/or Require Password Re-prompt option(s).
Once the application has been added, you can click the active LastPass icon in your system tray, then go to Applications and highlight your application to access the following options:
- Launch to open your application
- Copy Username to copy it to your clipboard
- Copy Password to copy it to your clipboard
- Copy URL to copy it to your clipboard
- Edit to update the Name, Group, Username, Password, and/or additional options
- Delete to remove the application from LastPass
- Retrain to train the application once again to use your login information.
To initiate the Autofill prompt for your application, do the following:
- Click the LastPass icon in your system tray, then select Applications.
- Highlight your desired application, then click Launch.
- Once launched, LastPass should detect the application and display the Autofill notification window.
- If you have multiple credentials for the application, use the drop-down menu to select your desired login credentials, then click Fill.
If an application is not initiating the Autofill prompt automatically, you can force fill an app as follows:
- Click the LastPass icon in your system tray, then select Fill Application.
- When your cursor changes to a target, click on the login screen of your app to fill your credentials, then proceed with the sign in process.
You can use various features and tools within the Vault, including a Search field to filter Sites and Secure Notes.
From the "Action" column you can:
- Click the Edit Site icon to manage your Sites settings
- Click the Edit Secure Note to manage your Secure Note settings
- Click the Delete icon to permanently delete a Site or Secure Note.
Right-click on a Site entry to:
- Copy Username
- Copy Password
- Copy URL
- Move to Group
- Move to Sub-Group
- Go to URL
Right-click on a Secure Note entry to:
- Copy Password
- Move to Group
- Move to Sub-Group
The Preferences menu allows you to manage when the LastPass for Applications desktop app stays active, and how it interacts with your web browser.
- Start LastPass for Applications when Windows starts – Controls whether LastPass for Applications is launched automatically when you start your computer.
- Automatically logofff when screensaver starts –When enabled, LastPass for Applications will automatically end your session when your computer goes idle.
- Automatically logoff when lock computer – When enabled, LastPass for Applications will automatically end your session when you lock your computer.
- Automatically logoff when shutdown or logoff computer – When enabled, LastPass for Applications will automatically end your session when you log off as a user on your computer, or turn it off.
- Automatically logoff after idle (mins) – When enabled, LastPass for Applications will logoff after your computer is idle for ‘X’ minutes. Idleness is determined by lack of keyboard and mouse activity.
- Preferred Browser (LastPass plugin is required) – Allows you to choose a default browser (i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Opera). The LastPass web browser extension must be installed for your web browser (see all download options).
- Show Fill Popup when known applications start – When enabled, LastPass will prompt you to fill in the login credentials when you open up a program for which you have stored data.
- Automatically hide Popup (secs) – Controls how long the login notification is visible.
- Sort Fill List – Sorts the list of saved applications that can be filled.
- Enable HotKey to Start Fill – Set a hotkey to autofill application entries.
- Disable IEAnywhere functionality in LastPass for Applications – LastPass for Applications enables IE Anywhere functionality by default to hook into Internet Explorer without installing the web browser extension.
- Language – Allows you to select the language displayed in the LastPass for Applications menu.
You can utilize the following tools from the LastPass for Applications menu:
- Generate Secure Password
- Identities (All) to select your desired identity
- Refresh Applications after changes are made
- Export To so you can choose from exporting your Vault data as a CSV or encrypted XML file
- Print to print your stored application data
- Clear Local Cache to remove your locally cached data
- About to view the version, build date, and build info for the app
- To log out of your LastPass account, click the LastPass icon in your system tray then click Logoff.
- To exit the application, click the LastPass icon in your system tray then click Exit.
If you need to pass specific command line parameters to an application, you can edit the application and append the command line parameters to the application’s executable. For example, if the application’s executable is C:\Windows\notepad.exe you can change it to C:\Windows\notepad.exe C:\test.txt to pass a notepad parameter of C:\test.txt.
You can also include the application’s username, password, and field values as parameters, by passing %username%, %password%, and %field#%, where # is the number of the field you’d like to pass (you can see field numbers by editing the application and then clicking Edit Form Fields). For example, if you set the application’s executable to C:\foo.exe %username% %password% %field2% this will pass the username as the first parameter, password as the second parameter, and field #2 as the third parameter to the application. A popular example is PuTTY. The following would tell PuTTY to SSH to foo.bar.com: C:\putty.exe -ssh %email@example.com -pw %password%.