LastPass changes will make free tier less useful

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Chris
Sep 19, 2020
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Most unfortunate. Of my limited usage 99% is on a PC and only 1% on my phone. Will find a workaround or alternative as I do not need to add another life-time subscription service.
 

bertwin

Member
Oct 6, 2020
10
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Less useful? No, if you cannot share your passwords between your desktop and mobile devices, it makes the free plan completely useless.
 

cyberman

New member
Oct 4, 2020
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Hmmm, which to choose; mobile or laptop. Rather, how about an alternative solution?

A key reason for using a 3rd party password manager is to allow credentials to be used across different devices. It would be one thing to begin charging new signups if they wish to use on mobile and PC, but to suddenly declare to existing users that they've one month to find an alternative solution, before being forced to pay to access a large array of credentials built up over the years on all their devices, feels like attempted extortion.

I was a premium user, but dropped down to free last year owing to being back on a tight student budget whilst studying for my masters. I won't be resuming my premium account after this. I know they're not asking a huge fee, but still, some of us do need to count every penny, and besides, it's the principle. Hardly the kind of behaviour that engenders trust in a company's business ethics.

In short: Screw 'em. I'm off.
 

Barry Wallis

Magician in Training
I am a libertarian-leaning capitalist. I've been using it for free for a long time (way before the initial purchase) but can't blame them for trying harder to monetize it. In fact, they are being generous to allow you to use it for free. I'm planning to pay since I think it is worth the price. If you want to move to another password manager (or manage them yourself), LastPass has an export to CSV option buried in the bowels of the menu system.
 

eroc1990

Member
Oct 6, 2020
6
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That's disappointing to discover. I'm glad I decided to roll my own pw manager through Bitwarden. Looks like I've got some work to do to convert my parents' accounts over to that as well.
 

eroc1990

Member
Oct 6, 2020
6
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Could one simply use a web browser on the mobile device to access the web site - not having the mobile app installed?
Depends on if they're detecting your device type when you try to log in. I'm curious if it'll lock you out if you try to log into the site from a mobile browser vs a desktop browser.
 

bertwin

Member
Oct 6, 2020
10
1
In fact, they are being generous to allow you to use it for free.
I would call it "Try a crippled version of the service for free". Moreover, it cripples the whole experience. Say you've ordered something online on your desktop and made an account there. Later, you want to use your phone to check the status of your items. You obviously wouldn't remember what password Lastpass made up for it, so you need to reset it with your email. (and let's hope you did not let Lastpass control your email password). Now you have a dumb easy-to-remember password for that service, and your desktop's Lastpass installation does not know about it, so logging in on your desktop doesn't work anymore.

It has become useless for your important accounts that you need to access from everywhere, and for your less-important accounts it's useless since you may have changed the password into something simpler when you weren't around your desktop. This defeats the whole purpose of their service and just adds a whole extra mess into the password-hell you already had.
 

Barry Wallis

Magician in Training
I would call it "Try a crippled version of the service for free". Moreover, it cripples the whole experience. Say you've ordered something online on your desktop and made an account there. Later, you want to use your phone to check the status of your items. You obviously wouldn't remember what password Lastpass made up for it, so you need to reset it with your email. (and let's hope you did not let Lastpass control your email password). Now you have a dumb easy-to-remember password for that service, and your desktop's Lastpass installation does not know about it, so logging in on your desktop doesn't work anymore.

It has become useless for your important accounts that you need to access from everywhere, and for your less-important accounts it's useless since you may have changed the password into something simpler when you weren't around your desktop. This defeats the whole purpose of their service and just adds a whole extra mess into the password-hell you already had.
My suggestion is that you don't use LastPass after the changes are implemented.
 
M

Mainframe

Guest
The one thing I wish LastPass had was a password history function. Let me track the last 5 passwords I used for a particular user id.
 

JulioHM

Active member
Oct 25, 2020
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LastPass is clearly hoping the new restrictions are enough to encourage people to upgrade to its Premium or Families tiers
I've been meaning to ditch LP for some opensource alternative. Thanks, LastPass! I do feel encouraged, now.
 

dg1261

Member
Oct 22, 2020
6
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Looks like I've got some work to do to convert my parents' accounts over to that as well.
Looks like it shouldn't be too hard. Export their lastpass vault to a csv file, go to bitwarden.com and directly import it. Bitwarden understands the lastpass csv field labels. Seems to work fine for URLs/logins ... not sure how it would do for notes and other non-web miscellany (like Leo's passport, which he always brags about).
 

eroc1990

Member
Oct 6, 2020
6
1
Cannot wait to see what Leo/Steve will suggest as an alternative.
Ha I wasn't even thinking about that. It'd be interesting to hear that. They didn't happen to cover that on the most recent SN, did they? I wasn't able to tune in live.
 

Argonot

Member
Sep 18, 2020
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