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Getting Started with LastPass at Brown

The password vault supports various types of information, including passwords, credit card details, bookmarks, and software licenses. It comes with a password generator and monitors passphrases to warn you about weak, duplicated, old, and compromised passwords. The LastPass free plan is one of the best in the industry. Warning: exporting your LastPass passwords to a CSV file lowers your password security! To export passwords from LastPass, the steps you have to take, and the visuals are identical in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge.

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Q. Is LastPass mandatory?

A. If you are unable to remember all of your passwords, then we strongly encourage the use of a password manager and our recommendation would be LastPass. In today's technical environments, it's likely you have more passwords than you can remember. If this is you, then you really should be using a password manager that can create and track complex passwords.

Q. How do I set up my LastPass Enterprise account?

A. Once you have been added to LastPass Enterprise, you will receive an invitation email from LastPass. Follow the instructions in the email to set up your account. During the setup process you will be asked to confirm your Duo Security username, which is your Brown short id ('jcarberr').

Q. What are the differences between LastPass Enterprise and Premium accounts?

Enterprise Account

  • Available to staff and on-campus faculty.
  • Brown controls minimum requirements, i.e. required two-step.
  • Brown can provide support, i.e., Master Password recovery.
  • Brown controls who has access.
  • Separating from Brown? You lose access to passwords.

Premium Account

  • Available to anyone with an @brown.edu email address.
  • Use to store personal passwords.
  • Brown cannot see nor recover these passwords.
  • LastPass provides support.
  • Separating from Brown? You keep the passwords.

Q. How do I keep my personal and work LastPass vaults separate?

A. Create two LastPass accounts: one for work, the other for personal use. Your personal LastPass Premium account provides a LastPass vault where you can store all your personal accounts, passwords, credit card information, and more.

One way to maintain separation between LastPass personal/Premium and work/Enterprise accounts is to use different browsers for each account. You can also do this with different browser profiles (within the same browser) to manage different accounts with different email addresses. Here are instructions for the three top browsers:

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  • Chrome: Add a person or profile in Chrome
  • Firefox: Multiple Profiles
  • Edge: Sign in and create multiple profiles in Microsoft Edge

Follow these steps for setting up your free personal/Premium LastPass account:

  1. Open an incognito/In Private browser window, or a different browser than your existing LastPass Enterprise account (the link may not work properly if open in the same browser where you set up your LastPass Enterprise account).
  2. Visit https://lastpass.com/partnerpremium/brown
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to your Brown email address.

Read more about your Premium account at Claiming your LastPass Premium as a perk account.

Q. What if I already have an account with LastPass?

A. Once your admin adds you to the Brown Enterprise account you will receive an email from LastPass stating that you already have an account with LastPass. Update the existing account with another email address other the brown.edu. If you don’t have access to your old account please reset your account.

Q. What happens to my LastPass account when I leave Brown?

A. You will lose access to your Enterprise LastPass vault. You will still have access to the Premium Account. You can find more information and help articles about Premium accounts at LastPass support.

Q. Can I use my existing LastPass Family Plan Premium account?

A. While you can continue to use an existing Family Plan Premium account, it cannot be combined with your Brown personal Premium account. An existing LastPass Premium account set up as a Family Plan is not covered by Brown's Premium service, and you would need to cancel it to obtain Brown's free LastPass Premium account.

Q. Can Brown clinical faculty use LastPass? How about medical residents?

A. Clinical faculty do not have access to LastPass Enterprise, but they can set up a free premium LastPass accounts by visiting https://lastpass.com/partnerpremium/brown.

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Q. How can I set up a browser extension?

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A. For the most seamless experience, it is highly recommended that you install and log in to the LastPass web browser extension, which can be used for all of your password management needs without ever having to navigate away from the website you're visiting. Read the article How do I install and log in to the LastPass web browser extension?or watch the video LastPass 101: Browser Extension

Q. How do I import passwords from other sources?

A. If you are coming to LastPass from another password manager, you may already have spent a considerable amount of time storing your user names, passwords, and other data within that program or web browser. To assist with this transition, you have the ability to import your stored data seamlessly into LastPass. The article How do I import passwords from other sources into LastPass? lists a variety of sources and corresponding steps to import the passwords. Here is that list.


Q. How can I set up account recovery options?

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A. Visit the document Set Up All Account Recovery Options for LastPass.

Q. What is the Security Dashboard?

A. The LastPass Security Dashboard is your command center for your digital security. In one view you can see your weak and reused passwords as well as any alerts on compromised accounts that need immediate action. Within the dashboard you can:

  • Update weak and reused passwords
  • Assess and improve your overall security score
  • Monitor your email addresses for involvement in data breaches and get alerts when your sensitive information is compromised

For more information visit the LastPass Security Dashboard.

Q. How do I manage my vault?

A. See the document Manage Your Vault.

Q. How can I generate secure passwords?

A. LastPass can be used to both store and generate secure passwords. Generate a secure password by doing any of the following:

  • Using the in-field icon – Click the Generate Password icon in the Password field.
  • Using the web browser extension – Click the LastPass icon then click Generate Secure Password.
  • From within your Vault – Click the LastPass icon then select Open my Vault. In the left navigation, go to More options > Advanced > Generate Secure Password.

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For step-by-step instructions, read Generate a Secure Password. You can also view the video Generating a Password.

Q. How do I securely share a password?

A. You can share a password or other item (e.g., username or Secure Note) with another LastPass user by using the Sharing Center. This will notify your recipient, which then allows them to accept the shared password. Read How do I share an item? to learn more.

Q. What are shared folders, and how can I use them with my group to share passwords?

A. A shared folder is a special folder in your Vault that you can use to securely and easily share site password entries and secure notes with other LastPass users. Shared folders use the same technology to encrypt and decrypt data that a regular LastPass account uses, but are designed to accommodate multiple users for the same folder. See What are shared folders?for full details.

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  • For more help documents, visit LastPass support.

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Q. What if I forget my Master Password?

A. Brown Admin can reset your Master Password for your Enterprise account. Please set up account recovery options to recover your premium account. Open a ticket with [email protected] to reset your enterprise master password.

Q. Why am I not able to see my team's shared folders?

A. You won't be able to access your team’s shared folders and share passwords until you set up your Sharing Key. To do this, set up your Browser extension as described above. View How do I generate Sharing Keys for LastPass? for instructions.

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Q. Can I access LastPass when I'm not online?

A. Yes, once you configure your account for this. Any LastPass web browser extension, desktop app, or mobile app can be logged into without an Internet connection, and will default to offline mode when no connection is present, if allowed to do so. Simply enable offline access for your account from within its Account Settings using the Multifactor Options tab. You can also set up your mobile app to handle an offline login. For step-by-step instructions, visit How do I permit access to my vault?

Q. Why does the password field not auto-populate when using the VPN client (Big-IP/F5)?

A. The F5 client does not have a plugin for LastPass, so you will need to remember this Brown password.

Q. How can I access Windows Desktop applications with LastPass? It doesn't seem to be working.

A. The document Use the LastPass Desktop App for Windows describes the steps to access Windows Desktop applications with LastPass.

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How do I view username, password, and note history for sites?

You can view all of the username, password, and note history for a stored sites and apps in your LastPass Vault.

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Note: The site password history only shows a record of the last 100 changes made to each site password.

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  1. Log in to LastPass and access your Vault by doing either of the following:
    • In your web browser toolbar, click the LastPass icon , then select Open My Vault.
    • Go to https://lastpass.com/?ac=1 and log in with your email address and Master Password.
  2. Locate your desired site password entry, then click Edit icon .
  3. Click the History icon next to the field name for Username, Site password, or Notes.
  4. Next to the date, click the Show Text icon to display the stored data.
  5. For multiple history entries, you can click Hide All or Show All.
  6. When finished, you can close the window.