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Why does the LastPass app need special permissions to run on my phone?

When you install the LastPass App on your mobile phone or tablet you are asked to allow this permission:

 

  • Why does LastPass request permission to use the microphone? (android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO)

    • This is so that we can record audio attachments to add to secure notes.
  • Why does LastPass request permission to create browser bookmarks? (com.android.browser.permission.WRITE_HISTORY_BOOKMARKS)

    • This is so that we can have the ability to install LastPass bookmarklets into your default browser.

  • Why does LastPass request permission to write to external storage? (android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)

    • This is so that we can save encrypted attachments data to external storage.
  • Why does LastPass request permission to receive data from the internet? (com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE)

    • This is so that we can receive push notifications for vault changes.
  • Why does LastPass request permission to write to use NFC? (android.permission.NFC)

    • This is so that we can support YubiKey NEO for multifactor authentication.

  • Why does LastPass request permission to get the list of user acounts? (android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS)

    • This is required so that LastPass can receive push notifications of vault changes on devices running Android versions earlier than 4.0.4. Unfortunately there is no way to specify this permission dynamically, so it is required for all later versions of Android as well.

  • "This method can collect all the text you enter, except passwords, including personal data and credit card numbers. It comes from the app LastPass. Use anyway?"

    • This is a warning because we are replacing the keyboard. 

  • Why is LastPass asking for permissions for 'in app purchases'?

    • We plan on allowing customers to purchase LastPass Premium through the app in future releases.


 

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