Now what LastPass is definitely no longer an option viable for any user who cannot or does not want to pay the monthly payment, not because the free plan has been eliminated, but because the new restrictions are clearly an attempt to expel the freeloaders. The truth is that yes, there are them for all tastes and needs, and in many cases they are superior to the ‘original’.
If you are a LastPass user and you had not found out, you have until March 16 to look for an alternative, if you are not willing to pay and you are interested in continuing to be able to synchronize your passwords between different devices. For the record, if you like the service, paying doesn’t hurt: that’s how you make sure it goes ahead and stays put. That said, LastPass is not cheap.
Be that as it may, below we offer you three alternatives to LastPass better than LastPass to manage your passwords safely, depending on your use case.
Your web browser
If the use of passwords is limited in your case to the web sites and services in which you have an account, the manager that includes your factory browser is a first class ally: it is convenient, you always have it at hand; And it is very secure, much like LastPass, as long as you have everything configured accordingly.
End-to-end encryption? Yes sir: both in Firefox and in the main derivatives of Chromium, read Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave or Vivaldi, in which you have the possibility of assigning a second password (in addition to that of the account with which you synchronize the data in the browser) that will encrypt your passwords before being sent to the server.
Of course, keep in mind that if you encrypt your passwords in Chrome, you will be unable to use functions such as security alerts or integration with Android, mainly because Google will not be able to access your passwords to offer you these functions.
What if you use different browsers, save passwords beyond the browser, or has the concept of LastPass simply won you over? Then Bitwarden is going to love you, because basically it’s about an open source LastPass clone subjected to security audits with the same options regarding password management, but without limitations.
Being strict, Bitwarden lacks some of the LastPass options and the same is true in reverse, but when it comes to password management, it bears repeating, they are practically the same– Extreme encryption, browser extensions and mobile apps (both considerably lighter than LastPass), as well as the typical protection features of any modern password manager.
For its part, Bitwarden also offers a desktop application, the possibility of install it on your own server And if you want some of the extra features that LastPass costs $ 36 a year, Bitwarden has them for $ 10 a year, including 1GB of encrypted storage, security reports, and more.
To round off, Bitwarden allows you to import passwords from LastPass with a couple of clicks.
More information: Bitwarden.
Now, do you use LastPass but have never been completely convinced by storing your passwords on “someone else’s computer” (that’s what privacy wizards call the cloud)? In that case, a local password manager is the best alternative, and if it’s open source and as well-maintained as KeePassXC, even better.
KeePassXC is a complete open source password manager -with all the options you expect and some more- that unlike most applications in its category, facilitates its integration with the web browser Through extensions, its database (where your encrypted passwords are stored) is compatible with open source mobile applications …
KeePassXC offers even the usual security reports of online tools, alerting you to duplicate, weak passwords or those that have been exposed in a security breach. And the synchronization between devices? As you wish: you take the database on a USB memory or synchronize it with your preferred service (remember: the database is encrypted).
More information: KeePassXC.
So far, three basic recommendations with which to replace LastPass without losing functionality or security, and even gaining a bit of both depending on what you choose and how you mount it.
But do not stay with what you read, which is just a brushstroke of what these tools offer. To learn more, visit the links that accompany this post and learn how to manage your passwords. It doesn’t cost a lot and it pays off. After all, password management is one of the most delicate aspects of your life on the Internet. Don’t leave it for another day!