To protect your accounts against unauthorised access, it's a good idea to use long, unique alphanumeric passwords. Managing more than a handful of these passwords may be daunting and inconvenient for you. By using password managers such as LastPass and 1Password, you can more easily remember, edit and use your login credentials. Both of these programs can export and import password databases in the form of comma-delimited text files. This is quite useful for creating backups. If you'd like to switch from LastPass to 1Password, you'll need to export the contents of your vault to a CSV file first.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Plain text editor (such as Notepad, Notepad++ or TextPad)
Visit the LastPass website (see Resources). Click "Sign in to LastPass" at the upper-right corner of the page. Enter your username and password to log in.
Click "Export" under "Actions." Follow prompts to enter your username and password. Wait for LastPass to load your data.
Press "CTRL+A" to highlight all of your password information and press "CTLR+C" to copy it.
Open Notepad and press "CTRL+V" to paste your data.
Press "CTRL+S." On the "Save" dialogue box, go to the "Desktop" folder. Type "pwds.csv" in the "File name" field and click on "Save." This saves the "pwds.csv" file to your Desktop.
Close Notepad and log out of your LastPass account.
Exporting Passwords From LastPass
Start 1Password. Press "CTRL+N." Type a name for your data folder in the "File name" field and click on "Save." Enter your master password twice and click on "OK."
Click "File" and select "Import." Go to the "Desktop" folder and select "pwds.csv." Click on "Open." This brings up the "Select Columns" dialogue box.
Click the drop-down menu beside each field and select a matching CSV header. Assign "name" to "Title," "username" to "Username," "password" to "Password" and "URL" to "Location." Leave the rest of the fields blank and click on "OK."
Click "Yes to All" on the "Confirm" dialogue box. Wait for 1Password to finish importing your passwords and then click on "OK."
Importing the CSV File Into 1Password
Tips and warnings
- You can't retrieve your login credentials if you forget your master password. Select one that's secure but easy to remember. As spaces and other special characters are acceptable, you may use a three-word phrase, a short sentence or a famous mathematical formula.
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