Lastpass And Firefox

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I had tried to jump on to the cloud password manager band wagon last year with Lastpass but it was a spectacular failure. I installed the Lastpass Firefox plugin, it asked me if I wanted to import all my existing usernames and passwords, then it identified everything to import, failed to import them into my Lastpass vault and deleted all the usernames and passwords from my Firefox Password Manager. Luckily I had backed up my Firefox profile before doing anything, phew!

  • As yet there's been no word from LastPass about this, but luckily there's a work-around. First you'll need to remove the current LastPass version in the Firefox add-on section. Use the three vertical line 'hamburger' menu at the top right and choose Add-ons, find the Last Pass entry, and click Remove.
  • I love using it Firefox for Windows 10 desktop but it doesn't exist for Firefox for Android, therefore I have either trust Firefox or ditch it and stick with LastPass. Goodbye Firefox.

LastPass allows users to import passwords from Google Chrome as well as a vast range of other password managers — including Dashlane, 1Password, RoboForm, etc. LastPass provides detailed information on how to import passwords from other password managers — you only need to export the passwords from your previous password manager and upload the file to LastPass. This is an easy process, but I prefer Dashlane’s one-click importing.

The company I'm contracting with at the moment uses Lastpass so I have been using it there and thought it was about time I properly went for it again in MrN land. It wasn't as straightforward as I would have liked but the process I have declined is simple. Well simple if you are a developer with various GitHub related tools installed, various developer software packages installed and a familiarity with the Unix command line ;)

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First up, sign up for a Lastpass:

and install the Firefox plugin


It installed and on this occasion it didn't ask me if I wanted to import my passwords. I was secretly pleased as that had been the problem last time. Lastpass allowed you to import credentials from other well known manager types but not Firefox Password Manager. A bit of Google indicates that this is by design and part of Firefox's security model: no plugins of code gets access to the usernames and passwords, so it makes sense when you think about it.

The closest option is to export the credentials from Firefox as CSV and import them into Lastpass as a generic import. So here goes:

You've installed git and NodeJs right?

Build the software

and run it

It launches a little graphical user interface asking you to direct it at a Firefox profile path. After saving you will get a CSV file is called firefox_logins_20190627000009.csv (or whatever) which looks like this

We need to change that into a format that Lastpass can understand. This works on Unix based OSs. If you are using Windows then maybe you can borrow a Mac ;)

It's pretty much one line! Love you unix kiss kiss.

So stepping through the lines, take the first 3 column as separated by a comma from the file firefox_logins_20190627000009.csv and we send that down the pipe. The file stream is read out and the first column is duplicated and given a the title of 'name'. The leading protocols are removed. (If anyone can join these together then please add a comment.) Next we add a new column at the from called 'Imported' and change the title to 'folder'. Finally we add another column to the front called notes which gives us a marker specifying when the import took place (or by who) and change the column's title.

This will give us a file called firefox_logins_20190627000009_lastpass.csv which looks like this:

Import CSV into Lastpass


Go to my vault in Lastpass Firefox plugin. On left at the bottom click through More Options... > Advanced > Import. Select Generic CSV File and click Import. Select the file firefox_logins_20190627000009_lastpass.csv.

You will be forwarded to the Lastpass web site and shown a form with checkboxes next time all the passwords in the import file. Click Import All. A handy progress bar pops up and finishes with inviting you to open your Lastpass vault. All the passwords can be found in the Imported folder.

When you are happy with the transfer you can start deleting the credentials from Firefox. You can go through this procedure on each of your browsers. When you import more CSVs ensure that you check the merge duplicates to make sure you are not doubling up.

© Evan Lorne/Shutterstock The LastPass add-on for the Firefox gives you control of your LastPass Vault right from your browser's toolbar. Evan Lorne/Shutterstock
  • LastPass works with Firefox thanks to the password encryption company's browser add-on.
  • To get LastPass to work with Firefox, type 'about: addons' into the URL bar and search for LastPass to download the add-on.
  • You can also download the add-on by going to Firefox's browser menu and selecting 'Tools' then 'Add-ons.'
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Using one password for multiple accounts is a big security no-no, even if it is tempting. Fortunately, free programs like LastPass are out there to help.

The password management program creates a vault for all your different login credentials located and encrypted directly on your device. Whenever you need one, LastPass will prompt you to sign in to use what you've saved in the Vault.

You only have to recall one LastPass master password to get access to your various accounts' login information. Most browsers are LastPass compatible, and Firefox is no exception. Users can seamlessly incorporate LastPass into their browsing with the LastPass Firefox add-on.

Here's how to do it.

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How to install the LastPass Password Manager add-on for Firefox

1. Open Firefox and navigate to its Add-ons page by entering 'about: add-ons' in the URL bar.

© Emma Witman/Business Insider You can also use Firefox's general menu. Select 'Tools,' and then 'Add-ons.' Emma Witman/Business InsiderLastpass firefox mobile

2. Type 'LastPass' in the top right search bar and hit enter.

© Emma Witman/Business Insider You can also type in 'LastPass Password Manager' for results. Emma Witman/Business Insider

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3. The 'LastPass Password Manager' add-on should be the first one listed. Click 'Add to Firefox,' in the blue box.

© Emma Witman/Business Insider You will be redirected to the LastPass 'Add-on' page. Emma Witman/Business Insider

4. Grant Firefox permission to add LastPass to Firefox.

© Emma Witman/Business Insider Like any program downloaded from the web, Firefox will ask for your permission before it's installed. Emma Witman/Business Insider

5. Once added to your toolbar, tap the LastPass browser button in the top right corner alongside other Add-ons.

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6. Accept the permissions to use LastPass, then log in with your LastPass credentials.

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© Emma Witman/Business Insider You can save your master password into LastPass if you'd like, but the wariest among us may want to keep the master key more secure. Emma Witman/Business Insider

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7. LastPass for Firefox will help you get started by pulling up frequently used sites that require passwords. Select one from the list, or navigate to a website of your choosing.

© Emma Witman/Business Insider LastPass will be ready to party right away, and pull up some commonly-visited sites as quick suggestions where to get started. Emma Witman/Business Insider

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