Lastpass Password Manager

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Service Description:

Pitzer College is now providing LastPass to Faculty and Staff

Lastpass is an encrypted password management system that includes saves, stores, and organizes all your passwords and logins in a vault encrypted to your Pitzer account. These passwords and logins can then be auto-filled into sites and shared amongst departments and colleagues.

Available to:

Faculty, Staff and Students*

How to access the service:

You will automatically be enrolled in LastPass using your Pitzer email address.  Once you have your Pitzer account, you will receive an email invitation to join the service from LastPass <[email protected]>.

Click on the links below for more information, including how to access your account, add passwords, link your personal account, and best practices.

*Students – You will not receive a LastPass Enterprise account through Pitzer, but while at Pitzer you can extend the Premium Lastpass service to your personal account by visiting this link:

If you experience difficulty installing or using Lastpass, or did not receive your email invitation to the service, please contact the Pitzer Information Technology Helpdesk.

  • Why Use LastPass?

    Security best practices prescribe that faculty and staff create unique, strong passwords for every online service associated with their email address. Remembering unique passwords for every account can be a difficult, if not impossible task. LastPass works similarly to saving passwords in a web browser, but will sync passwords between every browser or device you use. This makes creating and managing unique passwords for all of your online services fast and easy.

    LastPass is also protected by a strong master password, as well as Duo Security, ensuring that  passwords stored in your vault remain secure.

  • What About Storing Personal Passwords?

    Pitzer LastPass users are also able to set up a free personal LastPass Premium account associated with a personal email address (normally $36 per year). Personal accounts can be linked to Pitzer accounts, allowing you to access your personal passwords while signed into your Pitzer LastPass account. Linked account data is only accessible from your Pitzer LastPass account.

    Pitzer IT does not have the ability to see any stored personal passwords in a linked account.

    To set up your personal account, go to:

  • Getting Started

    You will receive an email from LastPass <[email protected]>. When it arrives, copy the activation code below your username, and click the Activate LastPass button to begin your account setup process.

    If you did not receive an email invitation to LastPass, please contact our Pitzer Help Desk.

    This will launch the LastPass Account Activation page.

    On the Account Activation page, in the Activation Code field, paste the Activation Code copied from the invitation email.

    In the New Master Password field, create a strong password that will protect all passwords stored in your password vault. Confirm the password in the Confirm New Master Password field.

    Once the form is complete, click Continue.

    The new login progress window will show on the screen for several seconds. Please do not close the browser during this process.

    When the new login creation process is complete, a message will appear with a button to install the LastPass Browser Extension. Click the Install LastPass button to begin the process. Instructions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are below.

  • Installing the LastPass Browser Extension

    Instead of looking up your passwords in your Lastpass Vault, we recommend installing the Browser extension so that it can fill in your passwords for you in the places you need it most.  Information on installing browser extensions for major browsers can be found below.

    Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge
    Navigate to the LastPass Extension on the Chrome Web Store
    Note: Microsoft Edge is now based on the same source code as Google Chrome. To install in Edge, go to the LastPass Extension on the Edge Add-ons site instead and follow the steps below.

    Click the Add to Chrome button (in Edge, this button will be called the Get button)

    In the dialog box that pops up, click Add Extension

    Wait while the extension is installed.

    If an additional dialog is displayed, click the X to dismiss it.

    In the LastPass Chrome Extension logon window, enter your email address and Master Password, then click Log In to proceed with the Duo Security setup process.

    Apple Safari
    Download the LastPass for Safari app extension from the LastPass website
    Note: The LastPass version available in the App Store is a legacy version of the LastPass Safari extension and will not add LastPass to the Safari toolbar.

    Locate the download, then double-click on the LastPass.dmg file to open.

    Click and drag the LastPass app icon to the Applications folder. If you had installed a previous version of the Safari app extension and are prompted that the already exists in the Applications folder, click Replace.

    Open the Applications folder, then double-click on the LastPass app and click Open.

    In the LastPass for Safari Extension App window, enter your email address and Master Password, then click Log In to proceed with the Duo Security setup process.

    Mozilla Firefox
    Navigate to the LastPass Extension on the Firefox Browser Add-Ons Page

    Click on Add to Firefox

    In the dialog box that pops up, click Add

    Click Okay in next dialog box

    Review the permissions request and click Accept

    In the LastPass Firefox Extension logon window, enter your email address and Master Password, then click Log In to proceed with the Duo Security setup process.

  • Setting Up DUO Security

    Because passwords are extremely sensitive data, use of Duo Security is enforced for LastPass.

    Upon first login, a Duo Security setup process will launch. Enter your master password and click Begin Enabling Duo Security to continue.

    If prompted, make sure to enter in your [email protected] appears in the pop-up dialog (including

    Note:  Students do not include the, just your [email protected].

    At the Multifactor Authentication prompt, authenticate with Duo on your mobile device. You do not need to click anything on the prompt.

    If you do not use a mobile device for Duo, enter the code displayed on your token and click Authenticate.

  • Creating a Free LastPass Premium Personal Account

    To create your personal LastPass Premium account, visit the Pitzer College partner site at

    Enter your college email address in the top field, and the personal email address you would like to associate with your personal LastPass account in the bottom field. Click Submit.

    LastPass will send an email to your Pitzer email account. Click the Create My Account link

    The personal email address you specified on the partner page will appear in the email field. Create a strong password with at least 10 characters and type it into the Master Password and Confirm Master Password fields.

    Note: This password should be different from your Pitzer LastPass account.

    Click Create My Account.


  • Linking Your Personal Account

    Once you have a personal Lastpass account, you can link it to your Pitzer Premium Account. This will allow you to access passwords stored in a personal LastPass account while logged into your Pitzer LastPass account.

    Note: Pitzer IT do not have any administrative authority over your personal account.  We cannot see your password entries, nor can we reset any of those passwords for you if you forget them.  The link between your personal account and your Pitzer account can be removed at any time.

    Upon first login, you will have the ability to link a personal LastPass account to your Pitzer LastPass account.

    To link your personal account, click Yes, link personal account

    IT does not recommend that you click the No, create a personal account button, as this will not give you the option to register your personal premium account for free.

    If you have clicked Yes, link personal account, enter your personal email and master password on the following screen

    Once you see the below message, your LastPass accounts will be linked, and you will be able to access personal passwords from your Pitzer LastPass account.

  • Adding A Password to LastPass

    Through the LastPass Browser Extension

    Once you have logged into the LastPass Browser extension, you can add a new account to your LastPass vault simply by navigating to the login page for the necessary online service, entering your username and password, and logging in. In this example, we will log in to Pitzer email online.

    Once you are logged in, LastPass will prompt you to add the account to your vault. Click Add.

    Congratulations! Your email login is now saved in your LastPass account.


    From the LastPass Vault

    If you do not have the browser extension installed, you can save passwords by logging into your LastPass vault and clicking the big red + button on the bottom right corner.

    You can save more than just passwords to your LastPass account.

    Note:  If you have been issued a PCard by Pitzer, please do not share that item with anyone else.

  • Using a Saved LastPass Password

    The next time you log into the account, you LastPass will fill in your logon information for you if you have previously saved or set a password.  This is accessed easiest by using the Lastpass Browser Extension.

    Navigate to the site

    Click the LastPass browser extension icon, then click the appropriate logon for the site. This allows you to select from multiple logins for the same site.

    Click through the rest of the logon process. Your logon information will be filled in automatically.

    Alternatively, the username or password field itself will display a LastPass icon as a shortcut to login. Clicking this icon will also show the appropriate logons for the site.


  • Generating Secure Passwords

    Because LastPass will fill passwords in for you, you are able to use highly secure passwords for each service you log into, without having to remember them. LastPass can generate these passwords for you, making the process of changing the password fast and easy. The below example covers changing a Gmail account password to a generated secure password.

    Begin by navigating to the password change page for the website.

    In the password change field, click the icon with the lock enclosed in a circular arrow. This will display a Generate Password dialog. Click Fill Password.

    LastPass will prompt you to change the password stored in the vault to the newly generated password.

    On the Update password? dialog, click Update.

    Then, proceed to click the change password button on the website.

  • Viewing Your Password Vault

    To view the passwords stored in your vault, click the LastPass Browser Extension icon, then click Open My Vault.

    (If you do not have the Browser Extension, you can go directly to to log in.)

    Your list of passwords will be stored, organized under collapsible folders. You can launch websites directly from the vault by moving your mouse cursor over and entry and clicking Launch

    Note, that if you have attached a personal LastPass account, your personal password information will be accessible in a folder named after your personal account login with a notation of Linked Personal Account.