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LastPass makes its password management apps free on smartphones

LastPass, one of the more popular password management solutions next to 1Password, is making its smartphone apps free to use. "Now, if you get started with LastPass on your Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone, you’ll have completely free access from your smartphone, and can even sync across smartphones for free," the company wrote in a blog post today. "The same is true for tablets, if that’s where you get started."

The app is also free if you're using it strictly on desktop. But if you want to use both, that's when LastPass will charge you. LastPass Premium costs $12 per year, and aside from the cross-platform flexibility, it also adds multi-factor authentication, removes all in-app advertising, and gives you priority customer support. The company still offers a free 14-day trial of the paid tier, giving users ample opportunity to decide if they need syncing or can make do keeping their passwords on a phone only. LastPass issued an alarming security alert back in June, but nothing major seems to have resulted from the situation.