LastPass password manager app is adding new restrictions to the free subscription tier starting March 16th, which allows users to view and manage passwords across only one category of devices, either phone or computer.
Mobile device users are limited to iOS and Android phones, iPads, Android tablets, and smart watches.
While PC subscribers can use passwords through desktop and laptop computers running Windows, Linux, and Mac, LastPass browser add-ons, and Windows tablets.
Users on the free tier are required to choose between the two options the first time they log in after March 16th.
The company says: Users are able to switch between categories up to three times after selection.
Although customers are restricted to one category of devices at the free level, they can still view and manage passwords from an unlimited number of devices within the same device category.
The developer of LastPass says that no users will be banned from accessing their accounts or lose access to their passwords as a result of the changes.
In addition to restricting the types of devices, the company is changing the types of customer support from the free plan that users can access.
As of May 17, users of the free plan will lose access to email support, the company announced.
The company clearly hopes the new restrictions will be enough to encourage people to upgrade to Premium or Family tiers.
The Premium starts at $ 3 a month, the Family subscription costs $ 4 and includes licenses for up to six people.
In a blog post accompanying the new news, the company says: It now has more than 20 million users around the world, although it is unclear how many of those are using the service’s free plan.
LastPass’ free plan has always been very generous compared to many other password managers, who require you to subscribe to access even basic features, but these upcoming changes may make using the free plan in the future more difficult.