Warning: LastPass’s free password manager becomes a lot less useful today
The LastPass password manager's free tier will limit you to one type of device starting March 16.
By Brad Chacos
PCWorldMar 16, 2021 8:47 am PDT
Everyone should use a password manager, and LastPass is the best password manager around. One of its most appealing features is going away though. Currently, even free users can use the service on all their devices, but starting March 16, you’ll be able to use it only on a single class of device (computer or mobile) at no cost. If you want to use Lastpass’s saved passwords on your laptop and your phone, you’ll need to pay up for a premium account.
Editor’s note: We’re bumping this post to make sure people are aware of the changes on the day they’re taking effect. Since its original publication on February 16, we’ve published a roundup of the best free password managers, though if you don’t mind paying a few bucks a month for the service, LastPass remains our favorite password manager overall. The original article continues below.
“As a Free user, your first login on or after March 16th will set your active device type,” the company’s announcement explains. “You’ll have three opportunities to switch your active device type to explore what’s right for you.”
LastPass’s new restrictions are actually looser than Dashlane’s free tier, as you’ll be able to use the service on as many computers or mobile devices as you want—you just can’t use it on computers and mobile devices without paying up.
Most people in this multi-screen world will probably end up subscribing to LastPass Premium. Fortunately, LastPass is one of the pieces of software worth paying for, especially considering its paltry $3 per month subscription cost. You won’t regret buying it. And to soften the blow of this new, LastPass is letting existing users upgrade from the free tier to the premium tier for $2.25 per month for “a limited time.”
LastPass remains our hearty recommendation as the password manager to beat, but Dashlane isn’t far behind. If this shift in freebie philosophy makes you want to explore your various options now that you have to pay up, check out our roundup of the best password managers. We’ve got general advice on what to look for and full reviews of several options.