Protect LastPass with the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

LastPass is a handy password manager and it syncs between all your devices through the cloud. But what happens if they are offline and you need your critical data? Here’s how to protect LastPass with the 3-2-1 backup rule.

To recap: The 3-2-1 backup rule means you have (at least) 3 copies of your data, (at least) 2 of which are local but on separate physical devices, and (at least) 1 copy offsite.

LastPass is cloud-based and it keeps a local cache on your computer, so that covers two copies right away. Here’s a few different ways to make sure you have one more redundant copy for emergencies.

USB Flash Drive

LastPass has two handy apps that run from a USB stick without internet access required. Your passwords are still encrypted on the USB stick for protection. Using these apps you can keep a USB stick updated and stored securely. A fire safe is a good choice.

The apps work differently depending on your needs.

LastPass Pocket is a stand-alone app you can run one any Windows machine. It’s particularly handy if you need access at a friends home, public library, training class or other situation away from your main computer.

IE Anywhere is a Premium feature for paid accounts. It runs from a flash drive and hooks directly into Internet Explorer.

Unencrypted CSV Export

If you need a way to store your passwords in plain-text, completely unencrypted, then choose the CSV export option. CSV stands for “Comma Separated Value” and these files can be opened in Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, or even a text editor like Notepad or Word.

Once you have this file, it needs to be protected. One option is to print it and store the printout in a safe or bank safety deposit box, along with your other important papers. This is very handy in an emergency.


LastPass is a great system that automatically satisfies 2 of the 3 backups required for a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Using the local backup options above, you can make sure your critical passwords are safe and retrievable. Make this a habit periodically and keep your information secure.