So LastPass has been having a moment. It’s not a good moment, and it’s been extending for a lot longer than just a moment. Between the breaches and the poor management, it’s not a pretty story and folks have been leaving LastPass in droves.
LastPass does offer a mechanism to permanently delete your old passwords. It’s messy. That’s because all of the prompts while deleting your account say the company is deleting your data, but this LastPass support page seems to imply the data is still preserved for another 30 days.
So, yeah. There’s that. But here’s how to make sure your data is fully deleted eventually.
How to delete your data from LastPass servers
You can accomplish the same thing by clicking on the gray bar on the left and selecting Account Settings near the bottom:
From the Account Settings menu, choose My Account (near the middle, bottom of the screen):
Click Delete or Reset Account. You’ll see this:
You did save your data, right? Right?? If so, go ahead and hit Delete:
You’ll need your master password. Answer Yes. On the next screen, you’ll need to enter your account email address and master password. Then, if you want, tell LastPass why you’re deleting your data.
Okay, here you go. On the next screen, you’ll confirm you want to delete your data:
You did backup your data, right? I know I keep asking this, but the alternative could be baaaad. So go ahead and click Yes. Say goodbye… wait… what?
Psyche! LastPass is giving you one last chance. But this is real. This is for all the marbles. This is where it counts. This is the end of the road. This is do or die. This is the point of no return.
This is when you kiss your passwords goodbye.
Take a deep breath.
It’s over. You’re done. And yes, oddly the last sentence of the page says, “Reset or delete your account, or get help recovering your master password.” The mystery that is LastPass continues. But your usage won’t.
Can I recover my LastPass account after deleting it?
I sure hope not. If you can, something didn’t go the way it should.
How long does it take to delete my LastPass account?
The actual process takes about ten minutes. But then there’s this…
What happens to my data when I delete my LastPass account?
According to this page, it remains on LastPass’s servers for another 30 days, then is purged.