It looks like it’s time to start paying for a password manager. LastPass announced that the free tier will limit users to just one type of device starting March 1
Password managers allow you to store and sync login information across your devices, so you don’t have to write down or reuse passwords. LastPass’s free tier is unique in that it is one of the few free password services that works on an unlimited number of phones, computers, and tablets – other free services only work on one device at a time.
But LastPass gives up its best feature, forcing users to use only one “type” of device. These are the two device types available to free LastPass users starting March 16:
- Computers: You can use LastPass on an unlimited number of desktop and laptop computers, but you cannot access the service on your phone, tablet or smartwatch.
- Mobile devices: You can use LastPass on an unlimited number of phones, tablets and smartwatches, but you cannot access the service on a desktop or laptop computer.
Those who sign up for the free LastPass tier after March 16 will need to decide whether to use the service on computers or mobile devices. Current subscribers will automatically ‘choose’ their device type, depending on the device they use to access LastPass after March 16. LastPass says that free subscribers can change their device type three times before getting locked up.
In addition to the loss of unlimited device sync on March 16, LastPass users will lose email support on March 17. If you run into a problem with the service, you will need to fix it yourself through the LastPass support page.
Premium password managers only cost a few dollars a month and transferring your credentials between services is very easy. If you’re a free LastPass user, now might be the time to pay for a premium service like 1Password or Dashlane. You can also try switching to Bitwarden, a free and open-source password manager that can sync on an unlimited number of devices.
Source: LastPass via 9to5Google