Free LastPass users are unlikely to be happy with some of the restrictions the password manager will be putting in place in March.
Users who have not subscribed to LastPass will have to make a choice on which device they want to continue using the password manager. Now they can use the tool on both their computer and mobile devices, but that will end next month. Then a choice must be made between the mobile version or the desktop version. Only when you take out a subscription will it be possible to use both versions again.
Last week, LastPass announced that free users will have to choose between the two versions starting March 16. If you choose the desktop version, you can use LastPass within all internet browsers on your desktop, laptop and tablets, which run on Windows, macOS or Linux. Mobile devices include smartphones, smartwatch and tablets that run on Android or iOS.
Previously, free users only had the restriction that they could use the tool on three devices at the same time, which also had to be of the same type. So three PCs or three smartphones or tablets. It was not possible to change.
Since all your passwords are automatically synced across all your devices, your choice won’t result in any passwords being lost from your vault or your account being lost at all, LastPass emphasized.
The password manager implements even more restrictions. Starting May 17, LastPass will no longer offer email support to free users. If you want this, you have to take out a Premium or Family subscription. The prices vary from 2.90 euros to 3.90 euros per month. With the Family plan, you get six licenses for the Premium version of LastPass.
The password manager states that it must implement the restrictions to remain competitive in the “ever-changing digital world”. LastPass says it now has 20 million users worldwide. It was not disclosed how many free users are in between.
With the restrictions announced by LastPass, it’s getting harder to find another reliable password manager that offers all the bells and whistles for free. KeePass goes a long way, but it also has its limitations.
LastPass’s Premium subscription is still relatively attractively priced compared to other well-known password managers, but the tool is no longer the cheapest, as was the case a few years ago. Of the well-known password managers, 1Password offers one of the cheaper subscriptions with USD 2.99 per month (converted to EUR 2.50).
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