A guide to LastPass on the BlackBerry PlayBook

LastPass on the BlackBerry PlayBook
By Joseph Holder on 1 Jun 2011 02:54 pm EDT

LastPass should be easier to use on the BlackBerry PlayBook. LastPass, if you haven't read before, is an online password management service. More than that, LastPass has taught me to make better passwords. Each of my websites has a different, randomly-generated password. About the only thing I do know is my LastPass master password (incidently, one that would take 54 quadrillion years to crack using a brute-force attack).

So when I visit my various websites, I need LastPass to tell me what my password is. On the PlayBook, the only way to do this is through the LastPass website; and I must say, it's a cumbersome process.

Begin by opening the PlayBook's web browser and navigating to www.LastPass.com. Enter your login credentials. Find the site you are planning to visit and touch edit. Make sure you select the Edit button for your site. You may need to zoom in to make sure you select the site you want. Hmmm... the design of the site makes that difficult. Well, good luck anyway.

Clicking edit will open the site information window. Next to the password box, touch [show]. Now that the password is visible, touch and hold to select the text for copying. Move the selecting bars around so that the entire password is highlighted. This may take several tries. Once selected, touch Copy. Now open the website you would like to visit in another tab. In the password field for that website, touch and then hold until the paste option appears. Repeat as necessary to copy the username. 

There needs to be a better way. 

The closest I got to using a bookmarklet on the BlackBerry PlayBook 

I, and many like me, depend on LastPass to keep up with the multitude of my online identities. LastPass is so integral to my online life, that I upgraded my account from free to premium just so I could get the BlackBerry application for my Torch.  We need a LastPass app for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Of course, others have asked for an app; and LastPass has responded that they don't have concrete plans to build one. As a workaround, they suggest using the Bookmarklets feature. For browsers that don't support the LastPass plugin, bookmarklets allow for that same one-click-to-login experience you'd get with a plugin. Problem is, bookmarklets aren't supported on the PlayBook. The absolute closest I got (and I spent half an hour searching for a solution) to using a bookmarklet produced the error you see above.

I have heard second-hand from someone who loves LastPass as much as I do that the folks in charge are wary of devoting significant resources to developing a PlayBook app.  Did they miss the WebWorks demo at BlackBerry World? You know, the one where they built an app in less than three minutes. Seems to me that LastPass is a perfect candidate for a WebWorks app. It doesn't have to be gorgeous; it doesn't have to integrate into the stock browser. It just has to work.

Wouldn't it be nice if this were true? 

I've warned others against the dangers of password reuse. I've promoted LastPass to my friends, family, and readers; touting its virtues and ease of use. I've praised LastPass for its fast response to a recent possibility of an intrusion. Rather than hide, LastPass did exactly what it should have in overreacting and alerting its users immediately.

And now I ask something in return. LastPass, I and the rest your loyal following asks - no begs - of you to make us a PlayBook application. We who use your website daily on our PlayBooks wish we didn't have to. It's far too cumbersome a process. We don't need a fancy app (though that would be nice); just something simple so we don't have to go through the rigamarole of copy and pasting from the website.

Surely that's not too difficult.

Reader comments

A guide to LastPass on the BlackBerry PlayBook


Come on Last Pass, you have a BlackBerry app, why not do the PlayBook. I use the web browser, but it's very clunky.

I store all my passwords on BlackBerry Wallet on my 9780. If RIM provided a PlayBook version which synced automatically (via Bridge?) I would be happy. A business grade tablet should have a password manager at the very least.

Frustrating how slowly apps are coming out and then how poorly they perform. Especially when there are excellent versions already in the market for related platforms.

The words "hassle", "horrible" and "convoluted" certainly come to mind after reading this review. A specific Playbook app would be much better. Sadly, as with many things on the Playbook front - it certainly doesn't look like anything will be done about it. Regret my purchase? Slowly the answer is creeping towards the yes side.

I have had to depend on the blackberry app for the time being, but this is the first real app i wanted since getting the playback. I failed to realize just how convenient lastpass is until having to browse without it.

There are lastpass plugins for every major browser, programs for blackberry, etc. With the native Flash/Air/Java support of playbook it should take almost no effort to write something that performs what the other lastpass plugins do.

Frankly it seems to me that its a fine example of "Not enough users want it." For those of us who have a lastpass premium account because of our BB handhelds it is quite a slap in the face to know that we have to go through this horrid process for the playbook.

Excellent article. I've been manually typing in passwords from the LastPass app on my BlackBerry, and would really love an app on the PlayBook. I'd even pay $5 for it.

More of us need to request it from them. I'm sure (or at least hope) RIM would give them access to the NDK before the fall.