LogMeOnce is definitely a password manager of its own kind. In addition to providing the traditional option of protecting your passwords with a master password, it also allows you to use photo identification (in other words, a selfie), to unlock your database. It has a less conventional interface, but also has some pretty comprehensive security features that may make it worth your while.
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How To Install
To install LogMeOnce, click Sign up for consumer license – its free. You will then be able to select an option with or without a password. For the first option, you must have an iPhone, iPad, or Android. Enter your name, email, and password and it will prompt you to install the browser extension. Once the browser extension is installed, you can import passwords already saved in your browser, or enter them manually. Click Finish and you will be brought to your LogMeOnce dashboard, and you can start adding more information to the database. When you click on Password Manager, it will even show you a YouTube tutorial on how it works.
How It Works
LogMeOnce operates in two ways: you can use either a master password to access your saved passwords, or you can use photo identification. LogMeOnce will snap a photo of you on your computer and send it to your mobile device (make sure the mobile app is installed). From there, you will be able to confirm your identity and access your passwords on your computer. This option gives you two-factor authentication by default, since you need access to another device in order to login. You can also use LogMeOnce like any other password manager, and use a strong, unique master password to access your password database. You can also use a pin code or a fingerprint if you have a phone with that function.
To add a password, you first have to search for the application in LogMeOnce. If it is a website supported by LogMeOnce, you can click on Add App and add your login information. You can even customize the icon image for that login and add secure notes for that application.
The LogMeOnce interface is definitely one of a kind. It’s very colorful and uses some creative fonts, icons, and animations. It almost looks like an application made for a kid.
Overall, the layout itself looks a little cluttered and outdated, and some of the animations are distracting (like the spinning vault that “opens” your password database), but it’s not that difficult to navigate. There is a centralized wheel of options on the homepage where you can select a category, or you can click on the dropdown at the top right corner of the page, and all of the categories and subcategories in the dashboard will appear. The three main categories for saving data are Passwords, Secure Wallet (for credit card information), and Secure Notes.
LogMeOnce creates charts that provide you with a variety of data based on your activity. For example, it shows you all of your account activity with specific dates and times, the top ten devices you use to access LogMeOnce, top app usage, top browser usage, and top cloud usage.
LogMeOnce makes auto-login simple. When you go to a website that correlates with one of your saved logins, a window will pop up, asking you to click on the account you would like to log into for that website. Click on it, and you will be automatically logged in. It’s not the typical autofill function that fills in the information in the username and password boxes, but it’s the same idea.
The password calculator feature is essentially the same as a password generator on any other password manager. It will generate a long, unique password that you can then customize based on the number and kinds of characters you want to use. You can generate a password using the browser extension and it will automatically save to your LogMeOnce database, or you can generate a new one when you’re adding an entry within the application.
LogMeOnce has an anti-theft feature that shows you exactly where you are currently logged in on a map. So if you lose a device that happens to be logged into LogMeOnce, you can use this feature to find it. If your device was stolen, you can remotely lock your account or wipe all of the data completely. If it was lost, you can display a message so that the finder can get it back to you. (Note: this is only for the “ultimate” version of LogMeOnce, which isn’t free.)
You can grant someone access to the information stored in your LogMeOnce database by making them a beneficiary. To do this, enter their name and email address and the time period during which they are allowed access. You can also select an option that only grants them access after legal documentation has been provided. You can add a note for the beneficiary, and LogMeOnce also provides a pre-written note.
You can enable an emergency access feature that allows someone you trust to log into your database. That person’s image will be sent to your second device, and you can then verify their identity so they can login.
Premium Vs. Professional Vs. Business
The standard, free version of LogMeOnce is actually called “premium.” The next step up is the “professional,” which comes with added features like the in-application productivity dock and account backup. After that, you can upgrade to “ultimate,” which includes the anti-theft feature and more comprehensive data tracking features.
LogMeOnce also offers an identity management application for businesses. This version allows an administrator to view charts, locations, unauthorized attempts, user trends, devices, and potential threats to that company. It also offers the same photo login feature as the consumer version, but allows the administrator to verify identification, as well as grant specific access and permissions. It also allows employees to create two, distinct, encrypted vaults — one for personal use and one for business use — allowing them to safely use their own device for business.
LogMeOnce comes with a lot of impressive security features. If you choose to use a master password to protect your information, it is saved and encrypted locally, so only you will ever have access to it. If you choose to use the photo login to access your saved information, you’re automatically using two-factor authentication since you need another device to verify the picture, adding an additional layer of security. You can also enable two-factor authentication for your master password.
If someone else tries to login to your account, it will take a photo of the hacker and show the date, time, and geolocation of the hack, as well as the IP address of the hacker. This feature is called “mug shot.” I pretended to hack into my own account using a different password, and the mug shot section showed me a detailed, comprehensive report with all of this information. I have a piece of paper over my webcam so it was unable to take a picture, but the information they gave me was still ample enough to take action.
In the Master Policy section, you can regulate how often you will be asked to change your master password. You can establish when it will automatically expire, as well as the kinds of characters and minimum number of characters required. You can also enforce password history, which gives you the option to never use old passwords.
LogMeOnce also lets you choose whether or not you want to use the application on cloud mode, saving your database to the cloud, or desktop mode, saving your database locally on your device, keeping your information off the internet.
The LogMeOnce mobile app is supported by iOS and Android. Once you download the application, you’ll have to verify yourself using the email address associated with your account. You will then have to answer the security question you created when you made your account. You must create a pin that you will need to access the mobile app. If you have a phone that uses a fingerprint scanner, you can opt to use that instead. Once you’re able to login, it will have all of your information synced.
- Premium: Free
- Professional: $1/month
- Ultimate: $3.25/month
- Business: $2/user/month
- Enterprise: $4/user/month
Who It Might Be Good For
- Users who want comprehensive security features
- Users who might prefer the photo-login over password login, or want both options
- Users who want the option of cloud vs. local storage
Who It Might Not Be Good For
- Users who want a more traditional password manager
- Users who want a password manager with a clean, simple interface
- Users who want a password manager with a version specifically for families
Though LogMeOnce’s interface may not be appealing to all, there are enough security features here to make this a password manager worth checking out. We appreciate the multiple sign-in options, and the automatic two-factor authentication of the photo option.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.