LastPass revamps password manager with emergency access and sharing

Application's UI also updated for easier management without loss of security

LastPass has announced the latest version of its password manager application, introducing encrypted password sharing and emergency account access features.

Emergency Access means friends, family and colleagues can be granted access to users' accounts and passwords should something happen to them. These trusted individuals will be provided with their own login details with a time delay so if someone requests access, there is time for the account owner to decline it before all their secrets are revealed.

Similarly, LastPass Sharing Centre allows users to provide certain access details for the application to others. This could be particularly useful in a corporate setting, ensuring that services that are only accessible by a single employee are not lost if that person leaves the company or no longer has responsibility for that part of the business.

The service also syncs across accounts, so if one person makes changes, everyone with access will be able to see the changes instantly.

The final change is the way LastPass version 4.0 looks. New navigation makes is easier to work with the application and the company has added a quick Add menu to make saving a new site, Secure Note, Form Fill Profile or Folder simpler. Users can also select multiple items to make bulk changes, speeding up the process of removing unused entries, for example.

"As today's digital consumers are tasked with a growing number of online accounts and passwords, the negative consequences of unsafe password behaviours grow too, from how we create and remember passwords to how we share accounts with colleagues and family," Joe Siegrist, CEO and co-founder of LastPass said.

"With LastPass 4.0, we set out to design an intuitive password management experience that could help both first-time users and long-time LastPass customers personal accounts, teams and entire businesses to more effortlessly follow and embrace password best practices while maintaining a secure digital identity."

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