LastPass is making big changes to LastPass Free, the free version of its password manager, and they will likely go down badly with those who have relied on the security tool. The big difference is that LastPass Free users have to choose between mobile devices and computers for unlimited device access instead of installing the system on both devices.
Previously, LastPass Free users – like the company’s paid subscribers – could access the service from both computers and mobile devices. The former defines LastPass as browsers that run on desktops and laptops. The latter includes all mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.
However, with the change, users will have to choose one or the other category. For example, if you choose LastPass Free for cell phones, those cell phones will only be able to access your passwords, notes, files, and payment cards. On the other hand, if you choose to use LastPass Free as your computer, you won’t be able to access all of that from your phone.
It’s not the only modification. LastPass Free users will also lose access to email support reserved for subscribers to the company’s Premium and Family plans. If you need help, either hope it is covered in the support documentation or go to the company’s forum.
The computer / mobile change takes place from March 16, 2021. When you log in to LastPass Free on this or a later date, you always select the version you want: The first device you log in with will automatically become your active device type. LastPass allows up to three changes, after which it becomes permanent.
The change in email support will take place a little later, starting May 17, 2021.
Unsurprisingly, LastPass hopes this will lead to more subscriptions to its paid plans. LastPass Premium is typically $ 3 per month – billed annually at $ 36 per year – and includes support on mobile and computing devices as well as email support. Existing Free Plan users can upgrade to Premium for $ 2.25 per month – billed annually, at $ 27 per year – with a limited time discount.
Despite a price drop, these changes are unlikely to be well received by users. However, the headache of exporting your password keeper to another platform can leave some LastPass Free users effectively tied to the manager and receiving an unexpected bill. For more information on the changes to the device type, please contact the company Support document.