What Going on With LastPass?
We have been big fans of LastPass. It’s been a great free password manager for many years. I’ve been using LastPass for almost ten years and to say I’m disappointed in the news that LastPass is changing its free accounts beginning March 16, 2021, is an understatement.
If you’re using LastPass on your Windows computers and you don’t use it on your smartphone or tablet, then the change will not affect you. But for those who, like me, have been using LastPass on all your devices from your Windows PCs to your Android smartphones or tablets, the change means you’ll have to use something else, pay for LastPass Premium or Families, or live with the free version of LastPass and use it on only one active device-type.
LastPass gives this example.
Starting March 16, 2021, LastPass Free will only include access on unlimited devices of one type…
1. Sarah is a LastPass Free user with Computers as their active device type. They can use LastPass on their laptop, desktop, and their dad’s laptop (anyone’s computer!), but they can’t use LastPass on their phone, tablet, or smart watch unless they upgrade to LastPass Premium or Families for unlimited device type access.
2. Steve is a LastPass Free user with Mobile Devices as their active device type. They can use LastPass on their personal iPhone, work-issued Android phone, tablet, and smart watch, but they can’t use LastPass on their desktop or laptop unless they upgrade to LastPass Premium or Families for unlimited device type access.
And here is more information from Forbes…
The first device you log into after March 16 will determine your “active device type”, as LastPass calls it. So, if you fire up LastPass on your laptop, you’ll be able to access your passwords on any laptop or desktop computer, but not your smartphone or tablet. The opposite applies if you open LastPass on a mobile device first.
LastPass says customers will have three chances to switch their active device type…
By making customers choose which type of device to use, LastPass is clearly hoping to nudge customers towards the paid-for Premium accounts, which start from $2.25 per month. However, such bait-and-switch tactics are likely to leave a bad taste in the mouth of some users… (From Forbes “LastPass Breaks Free Accounts…”)
So, if you’re only using LastPass on your Windows computers, nothing will change for you. You can use LastPass on all your Windows desktops, laptops, and all-in-ones (but not Windows tablets) just as you always have.
If you are using LastPass on your Windows computers and your iPhone, Android smartphone, iPad, Windows tablet, Android tablet, or smartwatch, you’re going to have to choose a device-type or pay $2.25, $3.00, or $4.00 a month for LastPass Premium or Families.
We will begin testing free password managers that support importing data from LastPass. Once we’ve done some testing, we’ll let you know. Right now, Bitwarden looks like a good bet. We’ll review Bitwarden soon.