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Top Ten Password Managers

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Remembering your passwords is already difficult enough – you don’t need to also struggle over choosing a password manager to help you remember them while protecting your accounts! Let’s take a brief look at some of the best password managers that you can download and use today.

1Password is one of original password managers. Launched in 2006, AgileBits Inc has been doing this for twelve years and have built a very solid password manager. With mobile apps available, browser extensions, and excellent customer support, it’s easy to see why people love this service.

What makes 1Password stand apart from other services is that it allows you to store more than just passwords. You can also save notes, personal identities, software licenses, credit cards, social security numbers, wifi passwords, passport information, server credentials, reward programs, document information, drivers license information, and bank account information – just to name a few. With a $2.99 per month price tag (when billed annually), 1Password is worth your time. Not totally convinced yet? Take the premium version for a spin with a 30-day free trial.

LastPass allows you to store passwords and secure notes, to autofill online web forms and automatically log into websites – and additionally, it also offers a “Security Challenge”, which is my favorite feature. The “Security Challenge” will take your password and analyze it to see just how secure the password actually is and whether you should make any changes to it. The service also allows you to store insurance cards, memberships, and wifi passwords.

The premium version of LastPass allows you to share your vault items with others, create a digital emergency access plan, access to advanced multi-factor options, priority tech support, LastPass for applications, and 1GB of encrypted file storage. If you decide to opt in for the premium version, it will cost you $2 a month – only $24 billed annually. One thing to note, however, is that LastPass was previously hacked and some user information was taken. They have since fixed things, but this is something to keep in mind.

Sticky Password allows you to store passwords, account information, bookmarks, identities, and secure memos on your Mac, and it gives you the ability to autofill web forms on websites that you visit. The service offers you 30 days of their premium plan when you first download the app, so you’re able to get a feel for it before deciding to upgrade or not.

While I do like Sticky Password, I am not a fan of the app’s interface – which I know is a subjective judgement. When comparing it to 1Password, LastPass, or Dashlane, I think  Sticky Password could use some enhancements to the overall interface. It does what it claims to do, and it does it well, but the presentation – in my opinion – could be improved. Sticky Password will set you back $29.99 for a one year subscription and allows you to continue using the features mentioned above. If you’d prefer to avoid subscription payments, you can purchase it outright for $119.99. And, as an added bonus, if you decide to upgrade to the paid version, you’re also helping save manatees!

Dashlane has a very solid reputation, and for good reason too. The app works well, it’s streamlined and modern, and you can use it on all major platforms. The free version of Dashlane has a lot to offer and is very compelling, with features such as unlimited password and data storage on your device, security monitoring services and breach alerts, and the ability to change passwords instantly or generate and save strong, unique new passwords. You also have the ability to try the premium version free for 30 days.

If you decide to purchase the premium version of Dashlane you’re going to have to shell out $3.33 per month (billed annually). A premium subscription gets you access to synced passwords and data across all your devices, secure account backups, unlimited password sharing, priority VIP support, and support for authentication with YubiKey (U2F).

RememBear is the new app on the block that very recently moved from beta builds to a stable release. The look and feel of RememBear is simple and whimsical, with cartoon bears integrated whenever possible. The service will store your logins, passwords and credit cards, and it also has an integrated achievement panel to encourage you to make sure your passwords are as secure as possible.

The free version of RememBear allows you to use the service on one device but doesn’t include the ability to sync to other devices or any type of backup. When you first download the app you do receive 16 days of the premium service for free; after that you can switch to the free version or upgrade to the premium version for $3 a month ($36 billed annually). If you choose to upgrade to the paid version, you’ll get access to features such as the ability to sync unlimited items on unlimited devices, securely backup your RememBear, and access to priority customer service.

RoboForm is a password manager that securely stores your passwords along with other important data. Much like the other password managers we’ve looked at, you’re going to get the standard features like the ability to autofill website forms, to use a password generator to create more complex passwords, to sync your information to other devices that you own, and to store credit cards, secure notes, and identity information. Your information can be automatically backed up, and you can share your logins in a secure folder. To keep using RoboForm beyond the trial period, a subscription of $29.95 is required and will get you access to these features for one year.

Enpass secures your passwords – but it also does much more. Enpass is on the same level as 1Password and they compete almost on a feature-by-feature basis. Enpass can store your logins, credit card details, bank information, secure notes, travel details, and more. It offers a free Desktop solution, with an optional paid verison that will cost you $9.99 if you decide to use it with your Mobile device(s).

Enpass allows you to back up your information to a bunch of commonly-used services as well, including iCloud, Dropbox, OwnCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box. Finally, the service doesn’t require you to create an account with them as your information isn’t backed up through them. Instead, your information gets stored on one of the previously mentioned services, letting you choose the one you already trust most.

MacPass is the up-and-coming password manager for this list. While it isn’t in a stable release version yet, it has a lot of promising features, making it worthy of this round-up. It’s an open-source, native OS X port of KeePass, and it’s lightweight and easy to use. With features like autosave, custom icons for your entries, synchronization, and plugin support, MacPass is worth looking into. One of my favorite MacPass features is the ability to set expiration dates for your passwords so that you know when you should change them to something else.

Keeper boasts about being “The leading secure password management solution for businesses and individuals”. Once you download and install Keeper, you’ll have the ability to store passwords, credit card information, and notes. After the trial period ends, you’re required to purchase the service in order to keep using it. Keeper’s paid version gives you access to unlimited passwords, storage and cloud backup, and lets you use it on and sync between unlimited devices. You also get unlimited secure record sharing, access to the web app, fingerprint login, and 24/7 support. One detail that I noticed about Keeper is that the interface isn’t as pleasing or as intuitive as the other password managers that I’ve used in this comparison – and that might be an issue for some people. The price for Keeper is $29.99 for one year.

DataVault works in the same way as the other password managers mentioned above. DataVault allows you to store your passwords and credit card details, and it will sync your information between other devices. The app has a one-time purchase price and does not require a subscription. However, it does require you to purchase it for each device that you want to use it on. If you were to only use it on your Mac and iPhone though, the cost would be $20 and that's a pretty fair price.

The bottom line

When looking at the list above, there is a password manager for everyone. They not only make our lives easier, but also help keep you safer when it comes to online security. With all of the hacks that have been going on in today's world, you owe it to yourself to try out a password manager and make sure your information is safe and secure!

 

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