When comparing IntelliJ IDEA vs LastPass, the Slant community recommends IntelliJ IDEA for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for macOS?” IntelliJ IDEA is ranked 37th while LastPass is ranked 38th. The most important reason people chose IntelliJ IDEA is:
IDEA places an emphasis in safe refactoring, offering a [variety of features](https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/features/refactoring.html) to make this possible for a variety of languages. These features include safe delete, type migration and replacing method code duplicates.
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Pro Smart refactorings
IDEA places an emphasis in safe refactoring, offering a variety of features to make this possible for a variety of languages.
These features include safe delete, type migration and replacing method code duplicates.
Pro Fast and smart contextual assistance
Uses a fast indexing technique to provide contextual hints (auto-completion, available object members, import suggestions).
On-the-fly code analysis to detect errors and propose refactorization.
Pro Android support, JavaEE support, etc
A very complete development environment support.
Pro Lots of plugins
Many plugins are available for almost any task a developer may need to cover. Plugins are developed by Jetbrains themselves or by 3rd parties through the SDK available for writing them.
Pro Stable and robust
IntelliJ IDEA hardly ever crashes or has any issues that plague other Java IDEs like file corruption or slowness.
Pro Support for many languages
IntelliJ supports many languages besides Java, some of these are: golang, Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Bash, etc.
Pro Intuitive and slick UI
IDEA has a clean, intuitive interface with some customization available (such as the Darcula theme).
Pro Clear and detailed documentation
The documentation is exhaustive, easy to navigate, and clearly worded.
Pro Free version available
There is a free community edition (open source) and an ultimate edition, which you can compare here.
The ultimate edition is available for free for one year for students but must be registered through an .edu e-mail account.
Pro Many convenient features
These simplify the daily work, e.g. copy/cut a whole line without the need to select it.
Pro Very powerful debugger
With ability to step into a certain part of a large method invocation (Shift+F7), drop frame, executing code snippets, showing method return values, etc.
Pro Buit-in Git support
Pro Gradle 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 on Linux
LastPass alongside KeePassX are the only cloud-syncing password managers that work on Linux.
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 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 Yubikey Support
LastPass offers multifactor authentication via Yubikey.
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 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 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 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 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 Credit monitoring in US
LastPass can be set to notify if a user's credit report suddenly changes.
Pro Works with Windows applications with native app
Can record the steps and use it to login to native Windows apps.
Pro Has native integration via app for Android
Fills in passwords in android apps without loading into LastPass directly.
Pro Integrates well with XMarks
XMarks and LastPass are developed by a developer who offers discounts on annual subs for both apps.
Con Uses too much RAM
Con Slow startup
Startup can be slow deepending on system configuration
Con Bugs are not solved as often as they should
They are more interested in adding new features or issuing new versions than solving bugs.
Con Cannot open multiple projects in the same window
Con Built with closed source components
The version with full features is not opensource. Parts of the code are under apache licence though.
Con Standard hotkeys behave differently
Seems like hotkeys assignment in Idea has no logical consistency.
Like «F3» is usually next match, «Ctrl+W» - close tab, etc — they map to some different action by default.
There is a good effort in making the IDE friendly for immigrants from other products: there are options to use hotkeys from Eclipse, and even emacs. But these mappings are very incomplete. And help pages do not take this remapping into account, rather mentioning the standard hotkeys.
So, people coming from other IDEs/editors are doomed to using mouse and context menus (which are rather big and complex).
Con Lack of plugins
IntelliJ supports a very small amount of plugins. Although these are 'quality approved', many features are missing and can't be implemented because of that.
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 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 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 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 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 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.