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Password management software LastPass is changing for free users, with the company today announcing that it no longer plans to provide free access on both computers and mobile devices. Instead, those using the free plan must choose a device type to use the service with.

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Starting on March 16, 2021, those who do not pay for LastPass will need to decide if they want to use LastPass on mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad or on computers. Choosing iPhone and iPad will disable access on laptops and desktop computers, and choosing computers will disable access on mobile devices.

To use LastPass on all devices, a LastPass Premium account is required. LastPass Premium is priced starting at $3 per month when billed annually. LastPass is offering a discount at the current time that brings the price down to $2.25 per month.

For free users, the first login on or after March 16 will set the active device type, and LastPass is providing three opportunities to switch preferred devices.

Along with the access change, as of May 17, 2021, email support will be limited to Premium and Families customers. LastPass free account holders will have access to the Support Center with self-help resources and access to the LastPass Community.

Article Link: LastPass Limiting Free Accounts to Either Computer or Phone
 

UltimateToybox

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Jun 17, 2020
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LastPass was a great solution when I was using a mix of Apple and non-Apple products, but now that I'm back to all-Apple, I've been switching all my stuff to Keychain anyway. Thankfully I've been doing that the past year whenever I log into stuff, otherwise I'd have to rush for the next month!
 

LeadingHeat

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Oct 3, 2015
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I mean I get that a company needs to make money, but yeesh. This will definitely have the opposite effect I’d imagine. No email support for your users? Not able to save your passwords across devices? Isn’t that what it was designed for? Good luck competing against the others with your free tier. (Which I’m guess was designed to funnel users into their paid tiers later on)
 

romaguyntx

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Sep 14, 2020
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Have never understood why anyone would ever use a 3rd party password system - let alone one that charges money. Keychain has been a part of iOS and Mac for years and I have relied on it ever since. Save your $3 and actually learn about iOS and Mac OS… it’s almost like they were designed to be smart or something!!! 🤦‍♂️
 

Zorn

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Feb 14, 2006
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Have never understood why anyone would ever use a 3rd party password system - let alone one that charges money. Keychain has been a part of iOS and Mac for years and I have relied on it ever since. Save your $3 and actually learn about iOS and Mac OS… it’s almost like they were designed to be smart or something!!! 🤦‍♂️
Plenty of people out there use iOS devices, but a Windows computer as their PC. Keychain is not viable for this, since there's no solution to use it on Windows.
 

aardwolf

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May 30, 2007
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I moved to 1Password (paid) a year or so ago when I discovered it was included for free in my Eero Plus subscription. I was a long time (paid) LastPass user before that.
 
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ugahairydawgs

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Have never understood why anyone would ever use a 3rd party password system - let alone one that charges money. Keychain has been a part of iOS and Mac for years and I have relied on it ever since. Save your $3 and actually learn about iOS and Mac OS… it’s almost like they were designed to be smart or something!!! 🤦‍♂️

1. Never great to have all of your eggs in any one basket.

2. 3rd party password managers generally do more than store passwords.

Everybody needs different things. Options are good.
 

nwcs

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I use LastPass for work and 1Password for non-work so I get to use the two fairly regularly. Overall I have to say I like 1Password better overall. I do like the temporary sharing in LastPass when you need it, though.
 

velocityg4

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That stinks. That's the way it was originally. I've been using them for probably ten years now.

The funny thing was before they allowed free for both. I was a paid user. Then they changed it to free for both and doubled the price for paid users. Adding a bunch of "features" I had no use for. I'd have been happy paying the regular yearly fee. But double the price with no benefit. Made me switch to free.

Now, I'm not sure if I'll stick with them. I just wish Keychain had better multi-platform support. I guess I'll look at options. $36 a year just to sync passwords and share passwords with family members seems a bit steep. Which is more than triple what I paid originally, I believe.

I know it offers more than just that. But that is my only use.

Any suggestions for something which works well? Works with iOS and Android. Also works as a browser extension in Firefox and Chrome. So, it may work with just about any desktop OS. Most importantly, secure and easy to use. It needn't be free just more reasonable and per user not per device pricing. I don't care for 1Password.
 
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Vinyldust

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Oct 31, 2017
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Have never understood why anyone would ever use a 3rd party password system - let alone one that charges money. Keychain has been a part of iOS and Mac for years and I have relied on it ever since. Save your $3 and actually learn about iOS and Mac OS… it’s almost like they were designed to be smart or something!!! 🤦‍♂️
I agree, Keychain is powerful for remembering passwords, but the ability to customize a new password suggestion, and also the new one-time password #'s / 2FA integration of something like 1Password is so seamless and that doesn't exist yet in Keychain. The other element that can be important to some, is the ability to share with family members, the Netflix password for example or something - I think keychain still has a bit more work to do to get there IMO.
 

Okasian

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Sep 27, 2017
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Glad I didn’t bite. I had a hunch this was coming so I didn’t even bother.

I went straight from 1Password (now subscription-based but used their older version) to Enpass (now subscription-based) to KeePass. I wish I knew about KeePass earlier tbh.
 
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polaris20

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Just switched to Enpass today. App has a much better UI, and there's a lifetime license. It also syncs using your choice of cloud service, instead of sitting on someone's servers.
 
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peneaux

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Nov 17, 2020
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I use 1password (without subscription). BitWarden is the best free option. I hate the idea of using an Electron app but for free there is not many options.
 
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EatinPonies

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Feb 15, 2016
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They've yanked us around for years with different pricing options. I'm not surprised this is happening again, and I have zero confidence that they know which pricing model they will stick with for the long run. This is very frustrating for end users.

...and didn't Apple just release a Chrome extension so that we can all have Keychain access on other platforms? Wouldn't that address somebody's Chromebook problem posted above, and everybody else's concerns about cross-platform? (Yes, I know that they found a problem and pulled it temporarily - isn't it back now though?)
 

RickDEGH

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Sep 15, 2018
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That stinks. That's the way it was originally. I've been using them for probably ten years now.

The funny thing was before they allowed free for both. I was a paid user. Then they changed it to free for both and doubled the price for paid users. Adding a bunch of "features" I had no use for. I'd have been happy paying the regular yearly fee. But double the price with no benefit. Made me switch to free.

Now, I'm not sure if I'll stick with them. I just wish Keychain had better multi-platform support. I guess I'll look at options. $36 a year just to sync passwords and share passwords with family members seems a bit steep. Which is more than triple what I paid originally, I believe.

I know it offers more than just that. But that is my only use.

Any suggestions for something which works well? Works with iOS and Android. Also works as a browser extension in Firefox and Chrome. So, it may work with just about any desktop OS. Most importantly, secure and easy to use. It needn't be free just more reasonable and per user not per device pricing. I don't care for 1Password.
Check out Bitwarden.
 
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