Password managers have become a necessity as we log into many applications and services on many devices and it is difficult to keep track of all your passwords. While most of the best ones aren’t free, LastPass does have a free version that can be enjoyed by those who don’t want to make a financial commitment to the service. Unfortunately, there will be some changes coming up that LastPass Free users will not like or perhaps the company hopes that due to these changes, people will be “forced” to subscribe rather than transfer to another password manager.
Currently, those who are on LastPass Free can access the service on both their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, smartwatches) and computers (browsers that run on desktops and laptops). But an upcoming change will force these users to choose only the mobile phone or the computer to access not only their passwords, but also their notes, files and payment cards. Of course, this will be a hassle for those who use the apps and services on all devices and platforms.
When the change takes effect and you log into your LastPass Free account for the first time, you will need to choose which one to use for the remainder of your free access. The first device you use will be the default active device type, but you can change and make up to three changes. After your “strike three”, that will be the type of permanent device that you will use for your free password manager.
Free users will also lose access to email support, so if you encounter any problems, you will have to look for answers in the support documentation or look for help in the forums (or Google). LastPass hopes that if free users are not satisfied with the change, they will simply go ahead and finally subscribe to a Premium plan. The standard plan is $ 3 per month or $ 36 per year, but users of the free plan will get a discounted rate of $ 2.25 per month or $ 27 per year.
The main change will occur from March 16, 2021, while the loss of email support for LastPass Free users It will start on May 17, 2021. Obviously, there will be some pushback from free users here, although it’s probably not enough to change LastPass’s mind.