LastPass Makes Multi-Device Access Free to All

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile with 16 Comments

LastPass Makes Multi-Device Access Free to All

LastPass announced today that you will no longer need a paid Premium account to access the service on multiple devices. This feature is now free for everyone.

“Starting today, you can use LastPass on any device, anywhere, for free,” LastPass’s Joe Siegrist writes in the LastPass blog. “No matter where you need your passwords—on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone—you can rely on LastPass to sync them for you, for free. Anything you save to LastPass on one device is instantly available to you on any other device you use.”

This is great news for anyone who relies on the security and availability of LastPass—which both generates and stores complex passwords for multiple services—but can’t afford the Premium service. Granted, Premium is a reasonable $12 per year.

If you’re already using the free LastPass service, which previously limited the number of devices you could use, you’re all set: You can now use the service across an unlimited number of devices. If you were previously paying for LastPass Premium to use this feature, you just need to wait until your Premium subscription expires; at that time, your account will automatically convert to a free account.

That said, LastPass Premium still provides enough functionality to more than warrant its cost. Features include:

  • Family password sharing with up to five users
  • Ad-free experience
  • Yubikey and Sesame 2FA options
  • Priority tech support
  • LastPass for applications
  • Desktop fingerprint identification
  • 1 GB of encrypted file storage

You can find out more at the LastPass web site.

Also, thanks to Windows Central for the tip.

 

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “LastPass Makes Multi-Device Access Free to All”

  1. 165

    I am a happy Enpass user. I will play around with LastPass now...

  2. 265

    I've been a Premium Member of LP for years.  I had thought I was paying more than $1 a month?  I don't recall he pre-premium version that I had as having ads.   Maybe the ads are coming?  IDK, there's something cross-purposes about using a supposedly secure password manager only to see ads popup every time a password is being filled in. 

  3. 5767

    Paul, can you explain about the ad-free stuff? LastPass feature matrix does not mention ads at all.

    • 3216

      In reply to MutualCore:

      I'm curious about that myself.  I use an old version of KeePass and have no compelling reason to change but a free cross-platform version of LastPast is interesting.  I have no problems with a reasonable price for a paid version, but I like to know what it gives me over the free version.

  4. 3272

    Well they have to make money somehow so now it's probably by selling more of your info. Remember, nothing is truly free, you always pay somehow. I've been really tempted by LastPass though I'm generally against any service like this for this exact reason. I feel safer using a service like this if I have to pay for it. Free does not make me too confident that my info is really kept private and makes me skeptical of them.

  5. 1143

    "Yubikey and Sesame 2FA options"

    Is LastPass free less secure than the premium version of LastPass?

  6. 5690

    Pity, seems like RoboForm is still stuck in ie 11 and chrome, how does RoboForm compare to last pass?

    • 1777

      In reply to thea2_:

      I prefer RoboForm because it works as a password/bookmark manager. LastPass can sorta do the same thing, albeit buried under more submenus. So in RoboForm, say I want to log into my bank, I click Logins > MyBank and it takes me to the correct page and then logs me in automatically.

  7. 6565

    I have been a user and cheerleader of LastPass for years, paying for $24/yr for my wife and I, recommending LastPass to anyone willing to listen to me.

    It's nice to see features being offered to everyone, but I'm wondering what this means for LastPass' users. I'd rather pay $12 /yr vs ads or some other nefarious means of revenue generating for LastPass' new corporate overlords.

    • 5519

      In reply to sekim:

      I am really curious as to what their new revenue model is.  I can't see the majority of folks paying for their subscription benefits.  And the more folks that use it, the juicier the target.  I use and pay for Roboform.  I have tried Lastpass and I do concur that their interface is easier to use.  If I were to change, I would probably pick 1password.

  8. 5812

    Thanks for the heads up. I just installed it. love last pass on my pc.

  9. 4304

    I am a RoboForm user for the past 4 or 5 years and its been steadily improved.  I am very satisfied with the services that are offered including accessibility on multiple devices although that comes with a cost. For me, its just not worth the hassle to switch to LastPass unless it offers something that is markedly better than RoboForm.

     

  10. 2525

    I was starting to look at a new open source entrant into this market called BitWarden.  It seems to offer similar functionality but is completely open source - the server, client, everything!  http://www.bitwarden.com

    Now that LP is free, although remember that it's now owned by LogMeIn, maybe I don't need to go down that road.  The open source thing, whilst not really battle-tested yet, is promising.  

    Having ads when filling out a password does sound a little suspect.  The main source of drive-by problems is bad ads, and having one near a password entry field is scary.  I guess if they only allow a JPG/PNG - one they've parsed and recompressed on their server (to avoid something deliberately malformed) - and a link to visit when you click it then it should be safe.  Such an ad wouldn't do all of the javascript-based tracking though so probably wouldn't be worth as much revenue.

  11. 5615

    In reply to slbailey1:

    Yeah, the way it's worded makes it sound like you have to pay for Premium if you want 2FA. The web site isn't 100% clear, but it looks like you can use standard 2FA apps (such as Google and Microsoft Authenticator, etc.) with the free version. You would need the Premium version to use other 2FA options such as YubiKey, RSA SecurID, etc.

  12. 1534

    I've used LastPass Premium for years. I read Paul's headline with a bit of trepidation. Oddly enough I'd feel better about LastPass if I were still paying for it. Maybe it has something to do with that old adage, "You get what you pay for".

  13. 639

    I thought about LastPass but I am leaning toward Enpass since it is stored on my device.

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