LastPass is one of the most popular password managers out there thanks to its robust features, affordable family plan, and most importantly, its standout Free Tier

For users who joined because of this final benefit, today’s news will be a serious disappointment as LastPass announced that LastPass Free users will be starting May 16 and older March no longer able to sync their passwords on all their devices (via The Verge)

You can sync your passwords between either computers (desktops and laptops) or mobile devices (phones, smartwatches and tablets) This is a death knell for the free tier for most users, as the ability to use a password manager anywhere is critical to its usefulness

This move is going to be a shock to some users, but it’s far more surprising that the free tier has stuck with this functionality for so long, especially as the company lowered its paid tier from $ 12 per year in 2017 to its current 36 USD per year increased without dramatically decreasing the features for the free tier

I have no doubt that some free tier users will try, at least initially, to bypass the new restrictions, but most will either have to switch to a paid plan or find an alternative service

For those looking to stay with LastPass, the subscription to the family plan is much cheaper at just $ 48 per year for up to six users, although the custom plan is expensive at $ 36 per year

If you’re a single user looking for a cheaper alternative to LastPass Premium, there are a few options to consider

As I said, very few third-party services still offer a free tier that allows syncing across devices, but they do exist. Zoho Vault is part of a larger suite of business tools However, you can also use the password manager for free. It’s by no means as feature-rich as LastPass, but it does sync your passwords with its servers and is reasonably easy to use

KeePass is another free option with a lot of community support, but you have to be willing to do some of the work yourself. You have to sync your password database over a cloud service or your home network if you prefer, and on mobile devices you need to use a third party app

There are also a number of built-in password managers on the various platforms Chrome is one of the most widely used and, of course, offers Android users on mobile devices close integration. Apple users can rely on iCloud Keychain if they don’t switch to other platforms Microsoft offers password management with authenticator, but is a clear step up from the other two

If the goal is to just stay under $ 36 a year, this opens up some other options. Keeper is probably the strongest of them with a great user interface and full support on all platforms, but at $ 35 a year it is He’s Barely Qualified However, you can save up to 30% with multi-year plans, so you can save more money this way

For some actual savings while still getting many of the same features, turn to RoboForm for $ 24 a year.The desktop apps are probably their biggest weakness, but it’s an otherwise solid service that only has one Step behind the other paid options

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