If you’re like most people, you’ve got pages of long, complex, one-of-a-kind passwords for your various online accounts, private logins, credit card numbers, and PINs. While you may update and add to this master list, you are responsible for all of the work. There are a variety of password manager apps available to help you deploy each password as needed while only remembering one password — the one that leads to all of the others. Sure, Apple’s cloud keychain is useful, but it shouldn’t be your sole source of information.
Top-notch security, ease of use, customer support, and value are the main ingredients in the best password managers. Use apps with 256-bit AES encryption or higher, two-factor authentication, password vault checks, and dark web monitoring as much as possible. Apps should be simple to install and sync across your Apple, Windows, and Android devices. Virtual private networks (VPNs), encrypted storage, automatic form filling, encrypted messaging, and emergency access are all essential features. In the event of an emergency, excellent customer service is essential. These apps should not be prohibitively expensive; instead, they should offer high-quality free versions, free trials, money-back guarantees, and support for multiple users and families. Here are a few of our personal favorites.
1Password remembers all of your passwords for you, so you only have to remember the app’s master password. Face ID helps you create strong, unique passwords and passcodes, fills in user names, passwords, credit card numbers, and addresses into websites and apps, and allows you to access your information from anywhere after you log in with it. Its organizational features allow you to organize items into distinct categories using tags and favorites, as well as create multiple vaults for Spotlight searching. For sharing passwords and documents, the app supports team and family accounts. Individuals pay $4 per month, while a family of five pays $7 per month. Subscriptions are $36 and $60 per year, respectively. There is a 30-day free trial available.
On the web or on any device, Dashlane fills in all of your passwords, payments, and personal information as needed. It allows you to store an unlimited number of passwords and access them from anywhere. It automatically syncs your data across devices and platforms, generates secure passwords with a built-in password generator, and securely shares passwords. Personal information such as addresses, credit card numbers, and identification numbers can be kept safe, secure, and easily accessible. You can also use Face ID or Touch ID to log in. Dark web monitoring and data breach notifications keep you informed about who has access to your personal information. With the built-in VPN, you can browse safely and anonymously. No credit card is required to begin a 30-day free trial of the Premium, annual plan for new accounts. After that, you can either pay for a subscription or use Dashlane Free.
LastPass keeps your passwords and personal information safe in its vault, where it also auto-fills your login credentials, credit card numbers, and health insurance IDs. All you have to do now is remember your master password for LastPass. Simply launch your apps, and LastPass will fill in your user name and password using bank-level AES 256-bit encryption. Log in with your fingerprint to gain secure access to all app features and securely share or create passwords with the built-in password generator. Multi-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your account by securing your password vault. LastPass is free to use on one device type (computer or mobile). The app’s premium plan, which costs $36 or a family plan, provides unlimited device access.
Keeper Password Manager
For $35 per year, Keeper allows you to store an unlimited number of passwords, generate and auto-fill passwords, and sync and manage passwords across all devices, including mobile, web, tablet, and desktop.
It uses AES-256-bit encryption, Elliptic Curve, and PBKDF2 technology and is SOC-2 and ISO27001 certified. It organizes your passwords and files into nested folders, subfolders, and shared folders, as well as locking and protecting confidential files, photos, and videos in your vault. When you log in, you can choose up to five trusted people to have access to your account, or you can switch between multiple accounts. A $75 per year family plan protects your family’s passwords with Touch ID or Face ID. The app allows you to create strong, unique passwords and share them with people you trust. For $30 per year, the BreachWatch service monitors security and public data breaches and notifies you if any occur. Keeper’s cloud stores and encrypts all of your information.
Consider SafeInCloud for $8 if you want a one-time purchase with no recurring subscription fees. It stores your logins, passwords, and personal information in an encrypted database that can be synchronized with another phone, tablet, Mac, or PC using a cloud account such as iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. Simply purchase SafeInCloud and use it for free on all of your iOS devices, as well as share the app with up to five members of your iCloud family sharing group. Autofill logins and passwords, unlock with Face ID or Touch ID, access information from your Apple Watch, and generate new strong passwords are all possible with the app. It uses the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard to encrypt your data (AES). You can easily restore your database from the cloud to a new phone or computer because it is automatically synchronized with your cloud account. A free desktop app that can automatically import your data from another password manager is also available.
RoboForm Password Manager
This app has AES 256-bit encryption and allows you to log in to websites with a single tap, auto-save new passwords, auto-fill in apps and sites, keep all passwords in one place, arrange them in any order via a pinned view, and organize all data into folders. Using the app’s Safenotes feature, you can securely store and edit credit card numbers, bank accounts, license keys, Wi-Fi passwords, contact information, website bookmarks, and any other important information. RoboForm’s password generator generates strong, unique passwords for each site, with multi-step login support. You can add, view, and edit your logins, identities, and Safenotes to sync and access from any device and import from all major password managers and browsers using the Windows or Mac desktop app. You can also assign a trusted contact to access your data in the event of an emergency and share and sync changes to individual items. Subscriptions are $24 per year or $48 for a family.
Sticky Password Manager & Safe
Sticky Password securely stores and encrypts your logins, passwords, and other sensitive data on your iPhone or iPad using the AES-256 standard. You can access all of your data with a single master password, or you can unlock the app with a Touch ID, Face ID, or PIN. The app creates new, strong passwords, remembers and enters all of your passwords for you, secures your logins and credentials, and detects weak, old, and reused passwords. The app also includes enhanced two-factor authentication, local Wi-Fi sync, password sharing, and secure cloud backup for offline access to your vault. You can use AES-256 encryption to protect the text and share passwords with trusted people. You can use it to protect your passport, IDs, and software licenses for immediate access on your phone, tablet, and desktop. For one device, Sticky Password is always free. The non-profit Save the Manatee Club is supported by each premium license, which costs $27 per year.