Password manager LastPass is rolling out a new “passwordless” method to access its desktop vault today.
Previously, users had to enter their master password to unlock the corporate desktop vault (and its stored passwords). Now they will be able to authenticate access through the company’s mobile app. This will include the ability to use your phone’s biometric login features, such as face and fingerprint unlock.
LastPass characterizes this as a “passwordless” login, but it’s important to note that your master password isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. LastPass Director of Secure Technology Chris Hoff said master passwords will still be required to register a LastPass account, add new trusted devices, make changes to an account, or type if a login attempt without password fails. But the hope is that this new approach to authentication can be a first step towards eliminating the master password altogether, as the industry moves towards passwordless authentication using standards like FIDO.
“LastPass is thrilled to be the first and only password manager solution for users to securely and effortlessly log in, manage their account credentials, and gain instant access to accounts. used every day – without ever having to enter a password,” said Hoff of LastPass. .
Today’s announcement is focused on LastPass desktop users, who are currently not offered any biometric login option as an alternative to entering their master password. Meanwhile, on mobile, the company’s apps already offer biometric login options, including fingerprint and face unlock.
The changes come just over a year after LastPass made significant changes to its pricing structure, which significantly restricted the usability of its free tier. Last March, it restricted free users to only being able to access their passwords on mobile Where office – not both. The company behind the service also underwent changes after former owner GoTo (then known as LogMeIn) announced plans to spin LastPass into an independent company late last year.
LastPass’s new Passwordless feature is rolling out starting today and will be available to all users whether they’re on a free or paid tier.
Updated June 6 at 10:18 a.m.: Updated to confirm that passwordless login will be available for free tier users of the service and that the app can be protected with biometric security.