Secure Notes & Attachments
LastPass Secure Notes allow you to store private information safely and securely. Think of it as a password-protected, digital notepad that you can access from anywhere, at anytime. Some examples of data that you might save in a Secure Note include bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, passport numbers, combinations to safes, etc.
Since all sensitive data is encrypted locally on your computer with the key that only you know before it is sent to LastPass, you can store your most sensitive data with the knowledge that is it is completely safe.
Just like all of your LastPass data, your Secure Notes will be available from any location with an Internet connection via your LastPass Vault. They are grouped together in a Secure Notes folder:
You can also access this data using LastPass Pocket if you save your data on a storage device.
Adding A Secure Note
To add a Secure Note, click on the LastPass Icon, click on the Secure Notes menu item and choose ‘Add Secure Note':
You can also add a Secure Note via your Vault by clicking on the ‘Add Secure Note’ button in the ‘Actions’ sidebar:
After they are added, all of your Secure Notes will be shown in a list under the Group of the same name, though you can remove these notes from the ‘Secure Note’ Group later, and put them into whatever folder you like.
Secure Note Formats
There are multiple types of Secure Notes available. These range from credit card formats, to database login credentials, and many others. You can select the Secure Note format you’d like to use when you create the Note:
Be aware that once you create a Note in a certain format, you are unable to change the Secure Note into another type, so choose wisely!
Managing Your Secure Notes
You can also change your preferences to be prompted for your Master Password when viewing your Secure Notes. Your Secure Notes can be password-protected one of two ways:
Or by globally applying the Master Password reprompt when opening any Secure Note by checking the option in your LastPass Account Settings dialog:
Searching Secure Notes
If you wish to have the ability to search within your Secure Notes when searching for a term in your Vault, you can check this option in the LastPass Icon > Preferences > Advanced tab and select the ‘Search within secure notes’ option.
Note that this considerably slows down searching, due to the decryption process required.
Secure Notes History
If any changes have been made to the Secure Note, you can then select ‘History’ link on the Edit Window to review the changes.
Selecting ‘Show Note’ will show the Secure Note as it had appeared prior to the saved changes.
Watch the Secure Notes Tutorial
Attachments to Secure Notes
LastPass users can now add documents, PDF files, and images as attachments to Secure Notes . If there are files that you want to keep that shouldn’t be stored unencrypted on your machine or that need to be portable, then LastPass is the place to back them up.
For example: Let’s say you’re traveling abroad. To prepare for the trip, store a photocopy of your passport as an attachment in LastPass. If your passport is lost or stolen, you can locate a computer, install and log in to LastPass, open the attachment, and print it. You now have a helpful resource for replacing your lost passport.
Storing an Attachment
Attachments can be added to new or existing Secure Notes by clicking the paperclip icon in the Edit dialog (clicking on the edit icon ), and locating the file on the device. Your attachments are then synced to any location where you log in to your account:
Like all stored data, attachments are locally encrypted and decrypted with a key that is never sent to LastPass, providing a secure storage option with the convenience of universal access.
More than one attachment can be added to a single Secure Note. A single attachment can be up to 10MB.
Attachment Storage Limits
Currently, free users have up to 50 MB of encrypted file storage, and Premium users have up to 1GB encrypted file storage. The size limits are open to change.
For attachment support in Chrome, Safari and Opera, you will need an additional binary component.
Attachments are downloaded on demand so it takes sometime to download from LastPass server. If you see an error opening attachment as shown below when trying to open it the first time, close the error message popup and leave the Edit Window open for a few minutes and then retry. The max waiting time is 5 minutes but it should be less than 1 minute if your internet connection is strong and stable.
Please note: you cannot save an attachment to your machine/device unless you could open it first.
Attachments cannot be opened from the Online Vault in a browser where LastPass is not installed. Currently, LastPass must ‘call’ the extension to be able to open the attachment, if LastPass is not installed you will see an error message indicating you should install the add-on.