LastPass, which claims to be the world’s most popular password manager, now offers the choice of free usage on either mobile or desktop platforms. Previously, desktop use was free while use on a mobile device required a $12 annual subscription.

You can now use it for free on either platform – but still need to pay to get both mobile and desktop usage. LastPass told us that, seven years in, it was time to change its freemium pricing model … 

When LastPass was founded in 2008, the personal PC dominated the market, so we gave desktop and laptop access for free. The iPhone had been on the market for barely a year. Now with the increase of mobile workers, we want to make it possible for people to get started on LastPass via tablet or smartphone first.

While Keychain provides cross-device password syncing between OS X and iOS versions of Safari, LastPass offers a greater range of form-fill options and also works across browsers. A Premium subscription is still needed to use Touch ID to login to websites.

A password manager allows you to have strong, unique passwords for each website you use, without even having to know what they are. If you’re not yet using one, check out our how-to guide.

LastPass for iPhone/iPad is a free download from iTunes, with the Mac app a free download from the Mac App Store.

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