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PSA: LastPass’ free offering is changing today

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You’ll have to pick between your passwords on mobile or on desktop

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LastPass, the popular password manager, announced changes last month to the free version of its software designed to make its Premium paid version much more attractive — and the free one much less so.

“LastPass offers access across two device types – computers (including all browsers running on desktops and laptops) or mobile devices (including mobile phones, smart watches, and tablets),” the company wrote in a blog post. “Starting March 16th, 2021” — that’s today — “LastPass Free will only include access on unlimited devices of one type.”

What that means: if you’re a LastPass free user, you’ll have to choose whether you want to access your passwords on your computer — in browser or via desktop app — or on your mobile device. You won’t be able to use both, though your passwords will sync across devices regardless. That said, you’ll have the opportunity to switch your main device three times, starting today. (LastPass is also offering a discount on Premium subscriptions for a limited time, presumably to dampen the sting.)

If, however, you find all of this too onerous and you’d like to just switch password managers entirely, I have some good news for you: moving your passwords out of LastPass is pretty easy. I actually did it myself, using (naturally) The Verge’s guide. I chose Bitwarden because it syncs across mobile and desktop and it’s open source.

Also, if you’ve made it this far and you don’t have a password manager yet — what are you doing here? Get on that.