When comparing Spectacle vs LastPass, the Slant community recommends Spectacle for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for macOS?” Spectacle is ranked 32nd while LastPass is ranked 38th. The most important reason people chose Spectacle is:
Spectacle is licensed under MIT with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/eczarny/spectacle).
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Pro Free and open source
Spectacle is licensed under MIT with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Low footprint
Spectacle only uses up 18-19 MB of RAM, which means there is not much overhead by using this app.
Pro Simple hotkeys
Spectacle offers easy-to-remember preset hotkeys.
All windows in Spectacle can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts, so no mouse is needed. This makes for a fast way to control windows.
Pro Great UX
Spectacle is easy to use and configure. It's plug and play.
Pro Multi-monitor support
Pro Automatic cloud backup and cross-device sync
LastPass keeps an encrypted copy of all passwords locally as well as an encrypted copy on their servers. That way, passwords can be accessed locally while offline, or through their server while online from any machine.
Pro Multifactor authentication
LastPass offers multiple multifactor authentication options, including Google Authenticator, Grid Multifactor Authentication, Microsoft Authenticator App, Toopher Authentication, Duo Security Authentication, Transakt Authentication, Sesame Multifactor Authentication, Smart Card Authentication and Yubikey Multifactor Authentication.
Pro All encryption and decryption is done locally
All the encryption and decryption is done by the client (JS/App) so even LastPass doesn't have access to passwords.
Pro Seamless autofill and password generator via plugins for all popular browsers
All common browsers, including Opera, have plugins that allow automatically filling in forms and generating passwords. All form fill information syncs across all platforms, devices and browsers. Password generator can be adjusted to use or exclude certain characters and patterns.
Pro Works with portable versions of Chrome and Firefox
Firefox 2+ on Windows, Mac & Linux as well as Chrome 4+ on Windows and Linux support a portable version of LastPass. Great for securely accessing LastPass Vault from public or untrusted computers.
Pro Works on Linux
LastPass alongside KeePassX are the only cloud-syncing password managers that work on Linux.
Pro Automatic security monitoring
LastPass will check for re-used and unsafe passwords.
Pro Clean and intuitive UI
Since version 3.0 the LastPass interface is clean and easy to navigate on all platforms.
Pro Does not require a standalone app
While many password managers require a standalone app to be installed on the system, LastPass does not and can function via browser plugins.
Pro Fingerprint verification
Some fingerprint readers, like TouchID on iOS, Samsung, or Sony Xperis devices, can be set up to be used to access LastPass instead of a master password.
Pro Allows sharing passwords with one person or a group of people
LastPass allows sharing login data for a site with another user of LastPass without exposing the password. Great for allowing friends, family or coworkers access a site.
Pro Password One-Click Change
LastPass is able to change your password automagically.
Pro Can create one-time passwords for accessing the Vault
LastPass allows creating passwords for accessing the LastPass Vault that can only be used once. Great for accessing the Vault in public or untrusted places.
Pro Offers multiple export options
LastPass can dump the whole database as a .csv file or an encrypted file that can then be decrypted using LastPass Pocket as well as separately export Wi-Fi passwords and autofill information. Additional export options are available on a per-browser basis.
Pro Allows downloading an encrypted database backup that can only be decrypted with LastPass Pocket
LastPass Pocket is a standalone personal database decrypter. It's a portable executable, meaning it does not need to be installed, that is used to decrypt a local encrypted copy of the password database.
Pro Yubikey Support
LastPass offers multifactor authentication via Yubikey.
Pro Vetted by Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson is a well established security researcher best know for his work with Apple and Atari systems as well as founding Gibson Research Corporation. He was given access to LastPass' source code and confirmed that it's safe to trust its security.
Pro Military grade encryption
Pro Works even with browsers that don't support plugins
Via a clever use of bookmarklets, LastPass works on browsers that don't inherently support bookmarklets, like Opera or Safari on iOS.
Pro Has native integration via app for Android
Fills in passwords in android apps without loading into LastPass directly.
Pro Credit monitoring in US
LastPass can be set to notify if a user's credit report suddenly changes.
Pro Password security check up
Gives score based on password use and strength. Score is bad on other LastPass users and denotes where you fall in that group.
Pro Works with Windows applications with native app
Can record the steps and use it to login to native Windows apps.
Con Impossible to add new functions
While keyboard shortcuts can be changed for the available actions, there is no way to add custom actions which in turn limits the functionality of the app.
Con Not maintained
The software is free, but no longer seems to be maintained.
Con Breaks on macOS High Sierra / Chrome or Firefox
Doesn't support side by side windows.
Con Doesn't work with any Adobe products
There are some apps like Adobe Reader that do not work with Spectacle. Basically, any app with a heavily customized UI that breaks OS X accessibility will not work correctly under Spectacle.
Con Limited window sizing capabilities
You can use 1/2 of the screen vertically and horizontally (divide into 4 parts). You can also use the screen in thirds too, but only the left and right third: you can't use the 1/3 in the center. There is no way to do a more granular distribution.
Con Not free/libre
This application is proprietary, and thus cannot be modified, freely distributed, or trusted to be secure.
Con Forced cloud backup
The is no way to opt-out of saving all of passwords on LastPass servers.
Con When generating passwords, LastPass tends to put the wrong info in forms
For forms with both an email address and username, LastPass tends to mix up and overwrite information.
Con Somewhat poor customer service
LastPass maintains a support forum which they mostly ignore, labeling it "mostly peer-to-peer support" leaving only their e-mail ticket system to turn to.
Con Forgets to ask "add new site?" on some websites
So you are forced to add a new site manually, which takes too long (relatively speaking).
Con Has been hacked before
And becomes extra bad as you are forced to have everything at one central cloud place.
Con Doesn't always log out when idle
This issue is especially common with the mobile app.
Con History of bad support for the company behind LastPass
You never know how much you will pay for it because LogMeIn did the same with Hamachi product. Support will be bad.
Con Very bad UX for sharing passwords with other people (in free version)
When on lastpass.com you update the contents of a password file, it gets updated only on your side, not on the side of people it is shared with (and the UI does not tell you anything about this).
Also, when you want to share a password file with someone, they often have trouble accessing it (bugs in registration or acceptation of the shared document).
Con Recently doubled annual subscription rates
This applies even if you're a re-subscribing customer.
Con No longer free
Least expensive plan is $2/month. Formerly, the lowest paid tier allowed sharing with family members. Now there's a family plan for $4/month.
Con During login, application loads for a very long time
Con Mobile apps are not intuitive
There are large differences between iOS and Android; as well as from the base desktop and cloud interfaces. Option A doesn’t correspond to the same thing across platforms. Functions have different names on different platforms, and under different settings.