The Best Password Managers of 2020
Why don’t most people listen to basic password recommendations, even though experts have been preaching them for years? Because passwords, especially strong ones, are notoriously difficult to remember unless you use a password manager.
Security researchers estimate that weak passwords cause more than 80% of data breaches. No more trouble finding smart, encrypted passwords that you can’t remember. With a secure and easy-to-use password manager, you can manage your login information on all your devices, keep your passwords secure, automatically fill in forms and synchronize your data on MacOS, Windows, Android phones, iPads, iPhones and more.
Top 5 Best Password Managers in 2019
LastPass is a freemium password manager that stores encrypted passwords online. The standard version of LastPass comes with a web interface, but also includes plugins for various web browsers and apps for many smartphones. It also includes support for bookmarklets.
LogMeIn, Inc. acquired LastPass in October 2015. In a 2017 Consumer Reports article Dan Guido, the CEO of Trail of Bits, called LastPass a popular password manager (alongside Dashlane, KeePass, and 1Password), with the choice between them mostly down to personal preference. In March 2019, Lastpass was awarded the Best Product in Identity Management award during the seventh annual Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards.
Bitwarden is a free and open-source password management service that stores sensitive information such as website credentials in an encrypted vault. The Bitwarden platform offers a variety of client applications including a web interface, desktop applications, browser extensions, mobile apps, and a CLI. Bitwarden offers a cloud-hosted service as well as the ability to deploy the solution on-premise.
1Password is a password manager developed by AgileBits Inc. It provides a place for users to store various passwords, software licenses, and other sensitive information in a virtual vault that is locked with a PBKDF2-guarded master password. By default, this encrypted vault is stored on the company’s servers for a monthly fee.
1Password can be configured so that files are synchronized through Dropbox (all platforms), local Wi-Fi, and iCloud, and through 1Password.com, a paid subscription-based server sync service maintained by the developers. Local Wi-Fi and iCloud sync are only available on iOS and macOS.
In 2017, the Travel Mode feature was introduced for subscribers of 1Password.com, which enables omission of password entries not tagged as safe for travel from the local storage on a particular device, reducing the impact of being obliged by officials to unlock access at country border crossings.
KeePass Password Safe is a free and open-source password manager primarily for Windows. It officially supports macOS and Linux operating systems through the use of Mono. Additionally, there are several unofficial ports for Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and BlackBerry devices.KeePass stores usernames, passwords, and other fields, including free-form notes and file attachments, in an encrypted file. This file can be protected by any combination of a master password, a key file, and the current Windows account details. By default, the KeePass database is stored on a local file system (as opposed to cloud storage).
KeePass supports a number of plugins. It has a password generator and synchronization function, supports two-factor authentication, and has a Secure Desktop mode. It can use a two-channel auto-type obfuscation feature to offer additional protection against keyloggers. KeePass can import from over 30 other most commonly used password managers.
Dashlane is a cross-platform premium password manager and digital wallet application available on macOS, Windows, iOS and Android. Dashlane uses a Freemium pricing model which includes both a free tier and a premium subscription.
Dashlane was released in October of 2012 and first included a password manager (encrypted via AES-256) which was walled behind a single master password. Over time, more features were introduced to the product such as:
– Multi-factor authentication
– Automatic Form Filling
– Password Generating
– Digital wallet
– Security Breach Alert
– Virtual private network