Users of LogMeIn’s proprietary LastPass password management package can face painful new restrictions. Like the company announced, LastPass Free users will soon be able to use the service on only one type of device – which now has more than 20 million users worldwide.
Currently, password management distinguishes between two types of devices, these are computers – including all browsers running on notebooks or desktops – and mobile devices, namely smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. Under the recently announced new restrictions, LastPass will now be available for free on only one device type, while users will still be able to manage their passwords on an unlimited number of devices in the category.
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The tightening will take effect on March 16 this year, so users of the service have a limited month to prepare for it. When you log in for the first time after the date, LastPass records, according to the device you are currently using, that you assign that user to a computer or mobile camp – however, users can change this three times. Of course, the data stored in the password manager will not be lost after this, but it will only be available from the selected device type. In addition, free users will not be able to access email customer support from March 17, instead the company will recommend password management community forums or information available through the Support Center.
With the decision, the company is trying to direct users to paid service packages, ie Premium and Families subscriptions. Users in the latter two categories will not perceive anything from the changes. LastPass Premium, available for $ 3 a month, will continue to feature features weeded out of the Free package, as well as several additional features such as advanced multi-step access, dedicated, personal product support, or a Security Score Dashboard for user-stored password security. The $ 4 LastPass Family compresses this into a family package that up to six people can share.
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