After published our article on password security habits, one of our readers asked for a followup on exporting your passwords in order to swap them from one computer or another. This also might be necessary as a backup in case your files are corrupted or lost. Because LastPass helps your security by making all of your passwords different, keeping up with that data might become essential to your ability to quickly login to many of your accounts. So, keeping a backup of this information is a very good idea. Luckily, the people at LastPass recognize how reliant a user might become on their software to keep up with their passwords and made the process relatively simple.
NOTE: Before we continue, we would like to note that this procedure is rather browser agnostic. We used Internet Explorer 9 to show how to do everything, simply because we want to cover this browser as completely as possible.
Exporting passwords from LastPass
In order to make a backup copy of your LastPass information from Internet Explorer, click on the LastPass button on the LastPass toolbar, go to tools, and then select "Export To -> LastPass CSV File".
You will be prompted for your LastPass Master Password. Ideally, this is the only password you really have to keep up with as a LastPass user!
Then, you will choose what to name and where to save your LastPass CSV file. This file can be kept on a zip drive, uploaded online, sent as an attachment to an email, or otherwise transported to a safe location. Remember, if you later add any new passwords to your LastPass vault, you will need to save a new LastPass CSV file to back them up.
In case you want to export your passwords from LastPass to the current browser and have the browser keep track of them, you can do so by going to Tools -> Export To and choosing the name of the browser, in our case Internet Explorer.
Then you will most probably be asked to enter your LastPass master password and confirm the export process.
Importing passwords to LastPass
When you want to use your saved LastPass CSV file to load or reload your passwords to another client, first get the file on your computer somewhere.
Then, click on the LastPass button on your toolbar and follow the menu down through "Tools -> Import From -> Generic CSV File -> Import".
You will then be prompted to find and select your LastPass CSV file. Note that you can use this file to import your passwords to other browsers as well like Firefox or Chrome, it is not Internet Explorer specific.
Once selected, a panel will open that shows you all of the passwords in the file. You can check the boxes of the passwords you wish to import to this computer, and click the Import button in the upper left-hand area to complete the process.
LastPass offers an additional layer of protection for all of your accounts by sorting and tracking all of your passwords. The best way to keep this good thing going is to back up your passwords in a LastPass CSV file that you keep stored externally from your computer. This way, should anything happen to corrupt your files or your computer, you will still have a backup copy of all of your passwords.