Back to sticky notes?

I specifically remember when I saw the light.

For the longest time, I had my passwords stored in a document on my computer. A risk, I know, but I figured that it was a risk I’d take.

Then, a new feature in browsing came along – the ability for the browser itself to store passwords for me. I made the switch and never looked back.

Well, until I had a conversation wtih Peter Beens. It went something like “what password program do you use?” I felt a bit embarrassed to not using one. I’d read all about them but was quite comfortable with letting my browser keep track of things for me.

The problem that I have (or at least one of them) is that I like to use various browsers so having passwords easily available was important. So, I asked Peter back and he told me he was using LastPass.

I downloaded it, tried it, liked it, and it’s my way of storing passwords. Yesterday, LastPass was trending on Twitter. Uh oh. That means a lot of people are talking about it and talking they were.

LastPass, which has a free option is changing how “free” works. As I understand it, LastPass starting mid-March, will let you use it on a computer or a smartphone but not both. For that functionality, you need to pay to play. The Twittering public likes the free lunch and is now looking for alternatives.

Fortunately for them, there are free alternatives. One article that I read this morning was this:

Six free alternatives to the LastPass password manager

As for me, I do have it installed on both my smartphone and my computer but I almost always use my computer when accessing the program.

But, fair is fair. I’m sure that the developers have a business case that indicates that they have to move in this direction. LastPass has been a good actor for me. I’m hesitant to switch so registration may be in my future.

What are your thoughts? Are you using LastPass to store passwords? Will you register it? Do you use something else? Do you find something that’s better?

I’d be most interested in your thoughts.

Author: dougpete

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3 thoughts on “Back to sticky notes?”

  1. I was happy to pay for LastPass when it was $12 per year, but bumping up the price to three times that amount was outrageous and it’s when I stopped paying.

    WIth the new changes they’re making, I too will be looking for an alternative, likely the paid version of BitWarden. The free version is probably adequate but I’m happy to pay a very reasonable $10 per year to help support the company.

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