The password management service can only be accessed without charge from one of the three platforms it technically supports on a freemium model.
Until recently, the world’s most popular, safe and strong passkey collector embraced its PC-using fans no questions asked, while imposing an annual fee of $12 on mobile consumers. Screen size inequity? You can say that again, although all those equal opportunity marches apparently produced the desired results.
Starting yesterday, August 11, 2015, any device, regardless of gender, age, erm, I mean, footprint, type of hardware or software in tow, provides gratis unlimited use of LastPass storage, encryption, multifactor authentication, secure password generation and digital life organization functions.
What a tremendous win for gadget civil rights movements! But alas, this doesn’t mean the app’s developers have forsaken profits altogether. You simply get to choose which way you pay them. Through your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If, for instance, you get started on an Android handheld, iPhone or Windows Phone, the service stays free there. But then, to sync and share your confidential and neatly organized data to a tablet and laptop or desktop, you need to cough up the 12 bucks. Every year.
The same if you take advantage of the complimentary features on a tab, which restricts free access on PCs and phones, and finally, if you open your LastPass account on a desktop… guess nothing really changes from how it used to be.
Nonetheless, given the downfall of conventional computers and rise of mobiles, a few million people may find the new pricing policy awfully convenient.