Password managers have been on our minds lately, and with good reason. Not only are data breaches a regular occurrence on the web these days, but apps like LastPass have made it difficult for non-paying users to log in on multiple device types. Dashlane has always been a premium-focused company with a restricted free tier, but today, it's expanding its low-cost options for customers looking for an easier entry into the service.
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LastPass changed its pricing on March 16, 2021, making its free tier a much less attractive option. But thankfully, there are many alternatives that basically replicate LastPass's features 1:1, so if you're not ready to pay a fee for a service that used to be free, you can simply switch to the competition. Here are a few password managers that should be the most familiar if you've used LastPass before, complete with instructions on how to switch.
LastPass has long been the password manager to recommend thanks to its generous free offer that allows you to store as many passwords as you need on as many devices as you own, but that's changing. LogMeIn, the company behind the software, announced in February that it's making the free tier a lot more limited starting today. Free users will only be able to use LastPass either on their computers or their mobile devices (phones, tablets, watches).
Bitwarden is something of a rising star in the app world, quickly gaining users and favor after LastPass crippled its non-paying tier. The free, encrypted password protector has emerged as the most feature-rich option for free users. The Android app and the platform at large are getting a new option: Send, an ability to send text info with the same encryption tools as the password keeper.
It's a sad fact of life that account breaches are more common than we'd like to see. Not only can such events inflict direct damage but also require us to swiftly re-secure our accounts with stronger passwords — a tedious process no one enjoys going through. In a bid to save time and make this process easier, Dashlane is introducing a new one-click Password Changer that does it all for you.
LastPass recently caused an uproar by announcing forthcoming changes to its pricing model that will effectively nerf the free tier, and now the company is in for some more bad news. According to a report published by German cybersecurity researcher Mike Kuketz (via The Register), the password manager uses seven third-party trackers that introduce potential security issues, prompting him to recommend LastPass users to switch to competitors.
Between all of your email addresses, social media accounts, online store logins, and more, having a secure password management app has become a basic necessity for anyone who spends time on the internet. Luckily, there isn't just one password manager to rule them all — there are a lot of great options out there, one of which is NordPass. As part of their End of Winter Sale, you can save up to 70% on a 2-year subscription to NordPass Premium, but you'll need to move fast.
Google is always working on improving its Android apps and the operating system itself, heavily relying on public a/b tests that appear on some people's phones but not on others. But every once in a while, the company takes the time to announce some features formally, and today is another one of those days. Google is making a whole slew of known tests and a few brand-new changes official.
Microsoft Authenticator started out as a humble two-factor authentication app, but it was promoted to a proper password manager back in December, complete with syncing to Microsoft Edge. The browser was also the only way to go if you wanted to import passwords from elsewhere to the Authenticator, but that will soon be a thing of the past. The latest beta version of Microsoft Authenticator supports importing credentials in the CSV format.