We are big proponents of using a password manager, and we have repeatedly listed LastPass as the best free option. Starting on March 16, 2021, this will no longer be the case. In fact, after this date, LastPass will probably become the worst free password manager.
Until now, users of the free version of LastPass could synchronize saved passwords on all their devices, such as desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets… This will no longer be the case. The developers wrote on their blog that users will have to choose whether they want to use LastPass on a desktop and laptop or on portable devices (anything that works on Android or iOS).
The first type of device you log in to after midnight on March 16 will be the one on which your LastPass account will be active. You will be able to change this three times before the selection becomes permanent.
This means that you will have to choose whether you want to use LastPass on your desktop and laptop or your phone and tablet, and you will have to pay a subscription to use it on all these devices.
How will this affect free LastPass users?
For a long time, most users, in addition to desktops or laptops, regularly use a mobile phone to browse the Internet. According to statistics, 58% of website visits are from a mobile phone or tablet. This means that it is necessary to log in to your favorite sites from both computers and portable devices.
The idea behind password managers is to have one password that we remember, and for all the others, we use a password generator that will always make us a unique and very strong password. Of course, we will not remember these passwords. Instead, we will use the password manager to manage them.
The changes announced by the developers of LastPass make the free version of this program utterly unusable for everyone who uses both a desktop/laptop and portable devices, and that is basically all users.
This restriction surprised us very much. Other free password managers understand that they make their program useless to a huge number of users in this way. The limit we almost always see is in the number of passwords saved. Not exactly perfect for users, but usable. The greed of LastPass developers has made one of the best programs in this category the worst.
LastPass Free users who use the service on both device types and don’t want to pay a subscription fee to continue doing so may switch to several alternatives. The two best are Bitwarden and KeePass. Both programs can be used on all devices, and there are no limits on the number of passwords you can save, with KeePass being intended for slightly more advanced users.