A release of LastPass for Applications on Windows is now available for users with a Premium account and to members of our prebuild team. As with all Premium services, LastPass for Applications can also be tested with a 14-day free trial.
- Fills in your application login data for you; allows you to stop using the ‘Remember Password’ function, which can oftentimes be saved insecurely
- As a tray application, it has some preferences that are now possible, like logout on lock or screensaver
- Can launch your applications
Downloading & Running LastPass for Applications
Simply click on the download file and run the installer. After clicking ‘Finish’, a small LastPass Icon will appear on your computer taskbar. If the icon is greyed out, simply click on it and select ‘Login’ from the menu:
After submitting your email and Master Password in the Login dialog, the LastPass Icon will turn red to indicate that you are logged in:
Once you are logged in to LastPass for Applications, you will notice that the dropdown menu looks very similar to that of the browser plugin. However, you now have options for Applications-related features:
Add Application: Launches the Add Application dialog box.
Fill Application: Autofills stored login data for an application.
Adding An Application
Let’s use Skype as an example for adding a new application. First, launch the application that you wish to store in LastPass:
Click Find and highlight the window of the application you wish to add:
LastPass will then confirm the file location of the selected application. Click Next:
Now you will need to ‘Train’ LastPass to log in to the application. Clear out all data in the login fields prior to initiating Train; you may want to have the username and password stored in a Secure Note so that you can simply copy/paste the login data. When you are ready to record the login, click the Train button:
Now click back over to the application you want to store, enter your login credentials, and hit Login/Submit. When the application has successfully logged in, click back over to the LastPass Add Application dialog and select ‘Stop Training’:
Now you should see an entry in your Applications submenu for the application that you just added:
By going to your Applications Icon > Applications > Application Name, you can Launch, Copy username/password, Edit, Delete or Retrain the entry for the application.
Due to Windows applications using custom UI’s that don’t always use standard controls, autofill for applications will often not be initiated or manually autofilled. When launching the application from your LastPass tray icon, LastPass should detect the application and show the autofill notification window:
You can also initiate autofill by using the Hot Key Shortcut (defaulted at CTRL + ALT + F) – this setting needs to be enabled under preferences.
The above screenshot displays the options selected and not selected by default. These preferences allow you to modify when LastPass for Applications stays active, and how it interacts with your browser.
- Start LastPass for Applications when Windows starts: Controls whether LastPass for Applications is launched automatically when you start your computer.
- Automatically logofff when screensaver starts: When enabled, LastPass for Applications will automatically end your session when your computer goes idle.
- Automatically logoff when lock computer: When enabled, LastPass for Applications will automatically end your session when you lock your computer.
- Automatically logoff when shutdown or logoff computer: When enabled, LastPass for Applications will automatically end your session when you log off as a user on your computer, or turn it off.
- Automatically logoff after idle (mins): When enabled, LastPass for Applications will logoff after your computer is idle for ‘X’ minutes. Idleness is determined by lack of keyboard and mouse activity.
- Preferred Browser (LastPass plugin is required): Allows you to choose a default browser – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Opera. The LastPass plugin must be installed in the browser (See the download page for a full list of options).
- Show Fill Popup when known applications start: When enabled, LastPass will prompt you to fill in the login credentials when you open up a program for which you have stored data.
- Automatically hide Popup (secs): Controls how long the login notification is visible.
- Sort Fill List: Sorts the list of saved applications that can be filled.
- Enable HotKey to Start Fill: Set a hotkey to autofill application entries.
- Show Icon in Injected Browser: Show the injected IEAnywhere browser icon to have full IEAnywhere functionality.
- Disable IEAnywhere functionality in LastPass for Applications: LastPass for Applications enables IE Anywhere functionality by default to hook into Internet Explorer without installing the browser addon.
- Do not poll to inject IEAnywhere functionality into non-registering processes: This option prevents LastApp from polling non-registering processes in AOL and Chrome browser to see if it can inject itself to use IEAnywhere functionality. Unless using Chrome or AOL browsers, keep this option selected.
- Language: Allows you to select the language displayed in the LastPass for Applications menu.
If you need to pass specific command-line parameters to an application, you can simply edit the application and append the command-line parameters to the application’s executable. For example, if the application’s executable is:
You can change it to:
to pass Notepad a parameter of “c:\test.txt”.
You can also include the application’s username, password, and field values as parameters, by passing %username%, %password%, and %field#%, where # is the number of the field you’d like to pass (you can see field numbers by editing the application and then clicking Edit Form Fields). For example, if you set the application’s executable to:
c:\foo.exe %username% %password% %field2%
to pass the application the username as the first parameter, password as the second parameter, and field #2 as the third parameter.
A popular example is PuTTY. The following would tell PuTTY to SSH to foo.bar.com:
c:\putty.exe -ssh %firstname.lastname@example.org -pw %password%