LastPass , one of the most used apps to manage passwords, is adding new restrictions to its free subscription level. As of March 16, it will only allow users to view and manage passwords in one category of devices: mobile or computer, that is, it will no longer be cross-platform . Then, users will have to choose whether to use the tool on the PC or from the mobile.
The users of mobile devices of this app will be limited to smartphones with iOS and Android, iPads, Android tablets and smart watches. For their part, computer subscribers will be able to use their passwords from Windows, macOS and Linux desktops and laptops, the LastPass browser extension, and Windows tablets.
Users who do not pay a LastPass subscription will be asked to choose either option the first time they log in after March 16. From the app they indicate that no user will be blocked from their accounts or will lose access to their passwords as a result of the changes. However, the measures also include, from May 17, 2021, that free users lose access to email support.
In a blog post, the company notes that it has more than 20 million users worldwide, although it is unclear how many use the free service. However, there are other tools like LastPass that are free of charge (but follow the paid subscription system). Here are 6 password managers that may be of use :
It is a popular password manager, open source (receives improvements from the developer community), with several features that make it attractive. Unlimited items can be saved, synchronized between devices, and passwords generated. All this, for free. The paid version, for USD 10 per year, allows you to add 1 GB of encrypted file storage and two-step login, among other extras.
It is an open source and freemium option that offers, for free, its desktop version (but requires a payment of USD 9.99 to use it on mobiles from 20 saved items). Anyway, it is one of the best options to manage passwords, with functions such as saving passwords, email accounts or forms, and with extensions for the browser.
It is another free open source password manager, ideal for people who like technology or get along with computing, as it is not completely intuitive to adopt. In this alternative, nothing is saved in the cloud. You have to manually transfer the password database from one device to another, that is, it takes more time.
This tool has desktop, mobile and browser versions. It has a free version and a paid version of USD 2.50 per month, with unlimited password storage, for all devices or shared use. Its basic functions can be used for free, without requiring the premium version.
PasswordSafe is free, open source, and has all the basic password saving functions . Allows you to generate and save passwords from an encrypted database. To use the app you have to remember a single master key and then it is possible to categorize each of the passwords for much faster access.
It is a simple solution for mobiles and desktop since it allows to use it for free on both platforms but without password synchronization, which can be cumbersome. To do so, of course, you can access the paid version of USD 28 per year.
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