Extension Preferences

LastPass is both an online service and an extension that runs locally in your browser to provide service, even if online access to LastPass is unavailable. You’ll want to set up your local preferences in each browser you use with LastPass according to the level of security you feel is necessary for that location (e.g. you may want to have a longer idle timeout at home than work).

You are strongly encouraged to review your LastPass settings after creating your account. We recognize that different users have different requirements, so although the default values are chosen as a compromise between ease of use and security, we have made it as easy as possible for users to change their security options and other settings.

LastPass does not synchronize these settings because you may want to have different security profiles or notification preferences at different places (e.g. home versus work), so be sure to specify your settings for every browser you use with the LastPass plugin. You will also need to make these changes for every user who will be using LastPass (log in as each individual user to adjust the settings).

Preference options within the Control Panel tabs will vary from browser to browser; not all of the below-listed settings may be offered as options in your current browser(s).

Launching Preferences

To specify your local browser settings, log in to LastPass, click the LastPass Icon in your browser, then go to Preferences:


A dialog box will open, displaying your current General settings:


The most crucial General settings control the way you handle going idle and being automatically logged off when you close your browser. Your selection should be an appropriate balance between security and convenience.

Other General preference options allow you to specify how LastPass will open new pages, whether it will automatically fill login information, and how your data will be displayed.

Other Preference Options

The Notifications tab allows you to specify when you will be prompted by the LastPass dropdown toolbar:

The HotKeys tab allow you to view or edit the default hotkey settings:

The Account Settings tab provides you with a link to launch your Online Vault, where you can view and edit your global LastPass settings:

The Advanced tab provides even more options for customizing your security and prompt settings:

The Icons tab allows you to choose a customized pair of On/Off icons for your LastPass plugin.  This preference section is currently only available in LastPass for Firefox: