Are you using LastPass and worried that all your accounts might be blocked in case something happens to you? The password management service now allows you to give emergency access to someone in case your accounts need to be accessed by one of your loved ones or by your friend. This new LastPass feature is called Emergency Access.
All you have to do is, log into your LastPass account and go to the “Emergency Access” section. Here you need to enter the email of the person to whom you will be giving the emergency access. In case that person needs to access your passwords, he or she will have to ask for access and then that access will be granted after the time period you have set. For example, if you want to give emergency access to someone, let us say, 4 hours after the access is asked for, emergency access will be given to that person after 4 hours.
Why give emergency access to LastPass to someone else?
Managing your day-to-day affairs using the Internet no longer remains the realm of the geek-world. Practically everybody these days uses the web to manage communication, banking, accounting, finances, medical requirements, socialising, grocery shopping and practically everything. People’s online accounts are vulnerable because one, they choose very easy-to-remember passwords so that they don’t forget them, and usually they end-up using the same “easy to remember” password almost everywhere, even for their online banking accounts. This is highly risky. LastPass eliminates your need to use “easy to remember” passwords. For every unique online account, LastPass allows you to create highly complex passwords involving random alphanumeric characters.
All your passwords are saved in your main LastPass account and these passwords are accessible using your master password. It is advised that you don’t write your master password down. Once you know your master password, even if you are maintaining hundreds of online accounts with unique passwords, they can be easily managed.
So if you are managing scores of passwords and access to your critical records such as email, cloud-based backup services like Dropbox and Google Drive, online banking, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and such, web hosting and domain management accounts, scheduling and task management applications, credit card processing accounts, merchant accounts and search, they will immediately become inaccessible to your loved ones once you are incapacitated or dead. This is why you should give emergency access of your LastPass account to someone else.
It’s not that the access will be immediately granted. As soon as the person you have designated to give emergency access asks for the access, you will be notified and you can cancel the request within the timeframe you have decided.
This is a handy feature. You can immediately log into your LastPass account and give emergency access to someone.