LastPass.com, developer of the LastPass family of password-storage products, has released a new free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. LastPass Wallet is designed to give iOS users a taster of the LastPass feature set by providing a tool for viewing, creating and managing secure notes, one of the service’s lesser known features.
The app provides templates for users to quickly create notes for sensitive personal information often found in the user’s wallet or purse, such as credit card details, passport number and wireless passwords.
On logging into the app for the first time using an existing free or premium LastPass account, you’ll see LastPass Wallet sync with their account and bring over any existing secure notes, which can be edited if required. The app also allows new notes to be created, providing a number of templates for common types of personal information, plus a catch-all “Generic” option for other types of information.
These templates basically steer you towards filling in specific fields. Once complete, the note can be saved or additional media items, notably photos and audio clips, can be attached to it. The note can also be organised into groups, making it easier to spot in an ever-growing list.
The big question, of course, is how secure is all this data? LastPass points out that all your data is always stored encrypted in the cloud -- the actual decryption and encryption takes place locally on your computer or device. That means your data is as safe as your master password makes it, which is why we don’t recommend ticking the box to save your logon information when prompted, and setting up a four-digit passcode via the Settings section to ensure you have to provide a pin code when switching back from another app.
Of course, if you have no specific need to use LastPass Wallet, we’d preach against using it for the sake of using it, but if you want a new means of securely storing the contents of your wallet in digital format on your iPad or iPhone, then LastPass Wallet is a good choice, for new as well as existing LastPass users.
LastPast Wallet is a free download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users. A LastPass account – free or premium – is required to use the service.