Popular password manager LastPass offers free and paid tiers. Once upon a time, you had to pay if you wanted to use the mobile LastPass app on your phone, but LastPass for desktop users was free. Then the company removed that limitation.

Now it’s… sort of back.

LastPass has announced that starting in mid-March, you’ll be able to use its password manager for free on as many device as you’d like… as long as they’re the same type of device. Want to use it on all your phones and tablets? No problem. All your PCs? Got you covered. But if you want to sync between those devices, you need to pay: plans start at $3 per month, billed annually (although LastPass is offering a 25-percent discount for existing users who upgrade).

That’s not a bad deal for heavy users, and as a long-time LastPass user, I’m considering it. But some users might want to look into alternative solutions… and there are a number to choose from.

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  1. I went with BitWarden after my previous paid proprietary password manager started loading scam websites in the background (SafeInCloud).

    It’s been six months and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I guess I could be if they improved initial loading speed of passwords after you type your master password to unlock the bank, but that’s it.

  2. Lastpass…… Does this mean you cannot access the app or site at all on mobile? I imagine I could still open the “desktop site” and at least get to my passwords. If I loose the autofill option on mobile I guess I can deal with it. Or maybe I am missing something.

  3. I currently use LastPass on my phone and PCs. With this new limitation, I’ll probably choose the PC category for now.

    I guess I’ll take a look at other free password manager alternatives at some point. Don’t like paying for something that used to be free. Plus I already have enough subscriptions for things. Subscriptions is all the craze nowadays for companies to continuous suck money out of people.