Password Management

The Office of Information Security offers LastPass, a service designed to help you create unique passwords and store them in one convenient location. Security benefits of using a password manager include:

  • Secure password generation and evaluation: Not only do they create strong, random passwords that are nearly impossible to crack, but they can also analyze your current passwords, identifying weak ones and prompting you to change them.
  • Defense against phishing: Password managers recognize the legitimate websites you have accounts with, so if you're directed to a fraudulent site, they won't autofill your login details.
  • Storing sensitive information: They're not just for passwords. You can store other sensitive information securely, like credit card details, tax IDs, and even secure notes.

Simplify Password Management

A password manager creates, remembers and fills in passwords. Simply log into an online account for the first time and LastPass will store your username and password so every time you go back your credentials will be filled in automatically. You only need to remember one master password that only you have access to, as the key that locks the vault to all your passwords.

The LastPass App

In today's digital landscape, the task of creating and managing strong, unique passords for each product or service you use has become increasignly daunting. Fortunately, LastPass offers a comprehensive solution. By securely storing all your passwords in one encrypted vault, LastPass eliminates the need to memorize multiple passwords for different accounts, providing ease of access with an increase in security. 


Since 81% of breaches are caused by weak or reused passwords, it is essential that each account has a unique password. At the university we wanted to provide you with a tool that will not only help you create strong passwords, it will store them for you. These strong, unique passwords make it difficult for the malicious actor to guess your passwords, which reduces your vulnerability against a password attack.

If you are currently using a password manager for university-related passwords, please ensure that you transition to using your UC LastPass account. The Office of Information Security recommends LastPass as the preferred tool for managing passwords. However, the use of LastPass is not mandatory.

Faculty and staff will receive an email with a registration code to activate your UC LastPass account. Follow the instructions in the email to set up your account. For detailed instructions please visit our Knowledge Base article for assistance: LastPass Account Setup Instructions.

Students must navigate to the following link to register for a LastPass account: Student Registration Portal. You will enter your address along with a personal email address you want your LastPass account tied to. Once you do so you will receive an email, please follow the instructions to set up your account. For detailed instructions please visit our Knowledge Base article for assistance: LastPass Student Registration.

The LastPass vault is where all your passwords, notes, and items are securely stored in one convenient location. For more information on how to manage your vault please visit: How to Manage your Vaults.

The University of Cincinnati or LastPass does not monitor or view your passwords, this is your responsibility to manage. Administration of passwords belongs to the individual with the account. 

You can link your existing account using the Accounts Benefit feature in LastPass. You will find details instructions by going to the knowledge base articles. Here is a direct link to Creating and Linking a personal LastPass account.

You will not have access to your UC Business LastPass account when you leave the University. However, if you used the Family and Friends benefit to create a personal Premium LastPass account your account will be downgraded to the free version of LastPass.

For more information and answers to other common questions, please visit the dedicated DTS Password Manager webpage. If you require further assistance, please contact the Office of Information Security at