- Some features kept exclusive to the premium version of app
- Cross-platform sync was earlier available only with premium version
- Free version will come loaded with ads
It seems like a trend is about to start as after Instapaper, which made its premium features available for free recently, LastPass has decided to provide some of its premium services across platforms for free. However, it should be noted that unlike Instapaper, which made all premium features free, LastPass has still kept some of the features reserved for its premium subscribers.
LastPass, like most password managers, helps users to store passwords and sync them across devices for easy availability. Earlier, users had to pay a subscription fee of $1 (roughly Rs. 67) per month in order to sync passwords across their devices but from here onwards, they will be able to get this service for free.”By offering LastPass for free across all your devices, we’re making it that much easier for everyone to make good password habits the norm. Because when you have a password manager that goes everywhere you do, you have a strong foundation for securing and taking control of your identity,” the company said in its blog post on Wednesday.
Notably, LastPass Premium subscribers will continue to enjoy exclusive services such as priority customer support, family password sharing with up to 5 other people, desktop fingerprint identification, and additional two-factor authentication options like YubiKey, the company said. Premium subscribers will also get 1GB of encrypted file storage.
The free version of LastPass app will come loaded with ads but the premium subscribers will get the ad-free version of the app. It is important to note here that even though password managers provide additional security to users; they are not breach-proof and can be potentially hacked. LastPass itself suffered a hack last year, where hackers made off with email addresses, password reminders, and encrypted master passwords.