How to link your personal and work LastPass accounts

How to link your personal and work LastPass accounts

LastPass eliminates the headache of creating and storing strong passwords for your corporate and personal accounts. If you already have a LastPass vault for your work passwords, you can create a new account in which to secure your online account passwords, credit card details, and other personal information.

But what if, while in the office, you realize you need to make a quick bank transfer to pay your overdue telephone bill? To log in to your online bank portal, you’ll have to log out of your work LastPass account and enter your personal vault. Once you’re done, you’ll need to log out of your personal LastPass account and log back into your work one.

This process takes just a few minutes, but it can be a hassle when you’re in a rush. If you want to avoid this issue and access both your personal and work passwords in a single location, what you have to do is link your LastPass personal account with your corporate one.

Why not just store your personal passwords in your work LastPass account though?

This may seem like the obvious and straightforward thing to do, but there are two reasons it’s impractical to store your personal passwords in your work LastPass vault. First, your company likely uses LastPass Teams or LastPass Enterprise. In both of these solutions, an IT administrator in your company sets up your account, which you then activate and use. The admin has the ability to delete your account anytime, deleting all the passwords registered in the vault.

Second, super admins can reset the master password of your work account. You will not only lose access to both your work and personal passwords when this happens, but you might also inadvertently give the admins access to your personal details.

Linking your personal account with your corporate one addresses these issues. If the two vaults are linked and an admin in your company deletes your work account, your personal account would automatically be unlinked and remain usable. The same will happen should a super admin reset the master password to your work account. You can just relink your personal account once you have regained access to your corporate account.

How do you link your personal and work LastPass accounts?

To link your two accounts, just log in to your work LastPass account. Open your vault and go to the left-hand menu. There, click Link Account. You will then be prompted to provide the email address associated with your personal account, as well as that account’s master password. Keep in mind that this does not enable your company admin to access your personal master password at all. It only allows LastPass to authenticate the process and proceed with linking the two accounts.

After completing this process, a folder for your personal passwords will appear in your work vault. You can still log in to your personal account in a separate device. Any changes you made in your personal account will automatically appear in your work vault. Every time you log in to any online account, you will have the option to use passwords in either your personal or work vault.

How much access and control do company admins have over your linked personal account?

By default, admins will be able to see when an employee has linked personal and work accounts. However, they won’t see what information is stored in the personal account. The admins are also not informed when employees log in to websites using their personal account.

Admins can have a degree of control over your linked personal account depending on the policy they enforce. For instance, the “Save Personal Sites to Personal Vault” policy automatically sorts any new login details to either your personal or work vault, if you log in to a website through your work account.

Being able to link two accounts is convenient and gives you secure access to all your personal passwords even when you’re in the office. If you have LastPass and would like to get the most that the app has to offer, our specialists at Fidelis will be very glad to help you out. Meanwhile, discover what other cybersecurity solutions can help protect your business by downloading this free eBook.

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