Lastpass Password Manager 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!

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 ;)

In my opinion, Lastpass is referring to the Firefox password manager insecure when the user is not using master password for Firefox. Which won't be apples-to-apples comparison. Firefox uses 3DES for storing passwords and in case master password is not set, null (') is used, which is insecure for sure. Cross-platform password management. Get LastPass Chrome for the most robust feature set of any password manager option. View, edit, and manage your LastPass Vault from your desktop with our Mac App. The password manager is there to complement the Firefox browser ecosystem. LastPass is free for basic users. You can use it freely on a single device. In case you want additional features, there is a premium that costs $3/month. It provides you an additional 1 GB of encrypted file storage, multiple-device sync, etc. You can also get a 6-user family subscription starting at $4/month. Conclusion: Firefox Lockwise vs LastPass. LastPass is a freemium password manager that stores encrypted passwords online. The standard version of LastPass comes with a web interface, but also includes plugins for various web browsers and apps for many smartphones. It also includes support for bookmarklets. Acquired LastPass in. Enter your email and master password and, if you have the two-step authentication turned on, confirm your identity in your Authenticator app. Authenticating with LastPass. Click or tap on the LastPass button once more and, in its menu, select Account Options. The Account Options entry. Next, click or tap Advanced.

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.

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