Using unique passwords and changing them often is a sound strategy for protecting your data online. Reusing passwords isn’t a safe practice, and it’s best to change your passwords to protect your different accounts regularly. Remembering them all isn’t always easy, though. Password managers make it so you don’t have to.
These are the best password managers you can use, no matter your platform of choice.
LastPass (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome)
LastPass is a fantastic password manager offering free and premium (paid) features. Once you create a master password, import all saved login credentials — usernames and passwords — from Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Safari. It then helps you delete information from your computer to keep it secure, prompting you to do little more than remember your super-secure master password.
Other free LastPass features include two-factor authentication, free credit monitoring, multiple identities, and even an auto-fill option designed to streamline your shopping experience. LastPass also stores your encrypted information on its cloud servers, meaning you can use LastPass on computers other than your PC and easily share passwords with family members. It even comes outfitted with a password generator to create unique passwords.
The premium suite opens up a host of additional authentication options, stellar tech support, and the ability to sync information between your desktop and mobile devices. The company’s due diligence sees continued updates to keep your info protected.
Dashlane (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
Dashlane is intuitive and straightforward, bolstered by two-factor authentication and the ability to change many passwords spanning multiple sites with just a few clicks. That Dashlane’s memory footprint gets smaller with every update is only a plus, as is its ability to store notes securely. It even shares encrypted passwords with emergency contacts in case you have trouble with your account.
Dashlane allows you to store passwords locally within an encrypted vault or automatically sync them across your devices. Its digital wallet grants you a convenient means to make and track purchases at various online retailers — even if you don’t have a Dashlane account.
Dashlane quickly scours your receipts if needed. Have an account on a hacked site and service? Dashlane automatically resets your password without ever having to navigate away from the interface.
Family versions require an annual fee of $90 to $180.
1Password (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
Features packed into this excellent password management tool include a reliable password generator, username and password storage, secure sharing, and an intuitive user interface. It even has a built-in watchtower service designed to notify you of ongoing website breaches.
The software’s digital wallet securely saves everything from logins and credit card information to sticky notes and network passwords. The developers are so confident in this tool’s security that they offered a $100,000 prize for anyone who could break it.
1Password’s biggest drawback is the lack of a free version, as the service costs $3 a month when billed annually, though you can try both the regular and family versions free for 30 days. This subscription not only allows you to sync everything locally but also to sync your info between computers via Dropbox, iCloud, or another convenient method.
The availability of a family plan covering up to five PCs for $5 a month is a nice touch.
Keeper Security Password Manager (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Keeper Security offers a range of password solutions for enterprise, business, family, and personal use. It’s one of the most scalable password managers currently available.
This password manager uses two-factor authentication and secure file storage to keep your information protected. It also provides many practical features that personal users will appreciate. These include version history, which can restore previous versions of your records as needed if something goes wrong. It provides emergency password access for five different contacts.
Keeper offers more flexibility than many password managers regarding what data you can store. Custom fields allow you to keep passport info, driver’s license numbers, and other vital records in the app.
Bitwarden (Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Browsers)
Bitwarden is a free, open-source password manager launched in 2016. The “open-source” label means the code is available on GitHub and open for anyone to try. According to the company, the manager features auditing by independent security researchers and third-party security firms.
Getting started with Bitwarden is easy. Begin by creating a free account: Enter your email address and a master password, then verify your email. After that, you can manually create records of login credentials, a credit card, an identity (license, social security number, etc.), or a secure note. A handy password generator also streamlines your logins when it’s time to come with a new, creative passcode.
Bitwarden offers a premium subscription for just $10 per year and a six-user family plan for $33 per year. With an annual plan, you receive 1GB of encrypted storage for file attachments, two-step login options, a TOTP verification code (2Fa) generator, data breach reports, and more. You can add additional storage for $4 per gigabyte per year.
You can download Bitwarden straight to your PC or use a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and other browsers.
Pick your favorite of the previous browsers to access your Bitwarden vault. You’ll have access to all the encrypted data stored on the cloud here.
If you need to use several different personal or protected pages simultaneously, it’s crucial to have instant access to all of your passwords. It’s also imperative to constantly make new passwords to protect against hackers—even though it’s challenging to keep track of all of them. Password managers are fantastic tools because they keep your private information safe while storing a record of all the passwords you create and use.
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