Whoops! LastPass accidentally deleted its browser extension from the Chrome store. But it’s back now

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Whoops! LastPass accidentally deleted its browser extension from the Chrome store. But it's back now

Someone at LastPass must be feeling 5!ck as a p4rr0t right now, after human error meant that the password manager’s browser extension was accidentally deleted from the Chrome web store.

Although an embarrassing goof, it’s something of a storm in a teacup security-wise.

It’s also important to note that the removal of the extension would only have affected people who were attempting to install the extension. Existing users would not have been affected, as the extension had not been removed from their own computer – just the store.

Furthermore, the LastPass extension dropping temporarily out of the Google Chrome web store wouldn’t have prevented users from accessing their passwords, which continued to be available as before from their password vault by signing in to the LastPass website or using the LastPass smartphone app.

If you had a different browser installed on your computer – such as Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox – you could always install the extension for that.

And, of course, it’s worth underlining that no-one’s password was at any risk due to this incident.

Nonetheless, it’s not the kind of thing any firm wants to happen.

Within a few hours LastPass was able to confirm that it had resubmitted its Chrome extension for Google to review, and it had been republished.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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