LastPass to Offer Passwordless Access to Desktop Vault

LastPass is the first password manager on the market to switch to passwordless tech — but hopefully not the last.
Conor Cawley

One of the best password managers on the market is easing the world towards a passwordless future with a new feature that makes logging into the service easier than ever.

Let's be honest, passwords are the worst. They served a purpose years ago, but now that the average person has more than 100 passwords, it's safe to say these security relics are just getting in the way of a more seamless online experience.

Fortunately, businesses around the world are going passwordless, and LastPass appears to be getting on board.

LastPass App Allows Access to Desktop Vault Without a Password

According to their press release, LastPass is allowing for passwordless access to desktop vaults through the mobile app. You'll be able to simply use your phone to verify your identity, allowing for biometric data — like fingerprint sensor and facial recognition — to unlock accounts.

This makes LastPass the first password manager on the market to implement passwordless technology, hopefully encouraging others to get on board.

“LastPass is excited to be the first solution and only password manager to allow users to securely and effortlessly login, manage their account credentials and get instant access to the accounts used every day — without ever having to enter a password,” said Chris Hoff, Chief Secure Technology Officer at LastPass.

To be clear, though, you are still going to need a password to set up an account, add new trusted devices, or change your account. You'll also be able to use your password in the event a passwordless login doesn't work, which is always helpful for those adjusting to the new feature.

Still, the goal for LastPass is similar to that of the rest of the tech industry: let's get rid of passwords once and for all.

Is the future passwordless?

When used correctly, passwords are an extremely effective way of securing your information. However, the reality is that virtually no one is using them correctly, which leads to a wide range of security gaps, making your personal information incredibly vulnerable online.

For one, 85% of users state that they use the same password for multiple accounts, which violates the essential rule number one when it comes to using passwords effectively. Even worse, “123456” was the most common password in 2021, which is embarrassing for anyone even remotely familiar with how the internet works.

Passwordless login on the other hand provides a notable improvement to security, experts agree, and doesn't leave a bunch of questionable loose ends in the form of errant passwords. Subsequently, it stands to reason that the future of the online world is inherently passwordless, and we're very much on board.

“While broad implementation and adoption of passwordless is the industry’s ultimate goal, it will likely take years before people experience an end-to-end passwordless login across all applications, but LastPass helps get you there sooner,” said Hoff.

It will likely take years, which is why a password manager is still your best bet at staying safe online. They monitor your repeat passwords, alert you if they've been compromised in a breach, and even recommend suggestions to keep you extra safe. In fact, LastPass is our top-rated password manager based on in-depth, independent research, so protect yourself online while setting yourself to be the first users to be fully passwordless.

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Conor is the Senior Writer for Tech.co. For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.

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