“Password Managers” Which one is the BEST?
What do we mean by a Password Manager?
A password manager is a software application that helps a user store and organize passwords. Password Managers usually encrypt the passwords they store, requiring the user to create a master password (strong one). Some password managers store passwords on the user’s computer (called offline password managers), whereas others store data in the provider’s cloud (often called online password managers)
I will compare 3 of the best Password Managers and I will list the strength and the weaknesses of each one of them.
Dashlane is one of the best Password Managers you can find on the internet, using it is very simple. It is easy to adjust to, easy to import passwords, easy to save passwords, and it has some cool features like allowing you to set an emergency contact for your accounts in case of emergency. This can be utilized at work or for a personal account. Set your emergency contact to one of your coworkers or loved ones so they can temporarily access your accounts. Another feature I loved was the auto login feature (the company claims that this feature saves around 50 hours a year for each person)
Compatible with: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows
- Easiest password manager to use
- Password sharing
- Determines the strength of each password
- Claims that their auto login will save each person 50 hours a year
- Password Changer, automatically changes all or a selected set of passwords with one click
- Best looking password manager
- Not the best email support
- Free for one device (Mac, PC, iOS, Android) but it’s an offline version
- $39.99/year for the Premium, gives unlimited login share with other users, and it works on multiple devices.
Lastpass is also one of the best service providers on the internet, it’s easy to use, secure, very dependable. One of the main features is the password generator, all of us have many work and personal web accounts. So it is crucial that we have unique, strong, and complex passwords to lessen the chances of our accounts getting hacked. This is when the password generator is extremely beneficial.
Compatible with: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Android, Blackberry, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
- Works with iPhone, Android, Linux, Mac, Windows and Blackberry
- Share and send login information to other Lastpass users securely
- Notifications appear in toolbar to save new usernames and passwords
- Unlimited stored logins
- Password strength report
- Tries to save passwords multiple times which results in duplicate entries or outdated entries
- Not the best reputation for customer service
- Doesn’t work on the Kindle very well
- The mobile app needs more work
- Setting up multi-factor authentication can be difficult, but it’s worth it since you get added security
- Hacked in 2015, but nothing was stolen and Lastpass handled it well
- Lastpass is free for the basic version
- The Premium version is $12/year, add services like multifactor authentication, desktop application passwords and shared folders with customized permissions
1password is the best Password Manager if you want to use it and access it from your mobile, I have a personal experience with it, 1Password recently changed its pricing structure. It now offers a family plan as well as a one time purchase for a 1Password license that works on both Mac and Windows. Before, you had to purchase a license for Mac and a license for Windows. This is definitely an improvement. The most frustrating thing with 1Password for me was that it wouldn’t keep me logged in, so I had to constantly log in with my master password throughout the day.
One of features that they added recently “and I liked it very much” is accessing your account through the Touch ID (for the iOS devices with Touch ID)
- Secure password sharing
- Syncs with Dropbox
- App integrations for mobile
- Easy to import passwords
- Doesn’t keep you logged in
- Asks to save a password that’s already been saved
- Search bar to find saved passwords doesn’t work well
- Performance is not consistent
- 1Password — $64.99 one time purchase
- Families — $5/month for up to 5 people
- Teams Standard — $3.99/month per user (billed annually) or $4.99/month per user (billed monthly)
- Teams Pro — $11.99/month per user (billed annually) or $14.99/month per user (billed monthly)