The total number of app downloads in 2018 was 205.4 billion according to Statista, which is projected to reach 258.2 billion by 2022.
While another report by App Annie says that smartphone users use an average of nine apps per day.
However, while all these applications are supposed to make our lives easier, remembering the login details of each one is nearly impossible. Unless you use a universal password, making your most sensitive data a sitting duck for hackers.
Enter password managers.
Password managers save all your sensitive details like passwords, insurance cards, credit cards, etc. So, instead of remembering dozens of different passwords, all you need to remember is only one (of the password manager).
Now, there are several password managing tools out there in the market. And luckily almost all of them come with free versions. But which one should you go with?
Here, I’ve reviewed 5 different password managers to find out the best one for you. Let’s get started.
Overview of the Best Password Managers in 2019
|PASSWORD MANAGER||ENCRYPTION STRENGTH||FORM CAPTURE||FORM AUTOFILL||SAVE SECURE DATA||SECURE SHARING FEATURE||TEAM PLANS||CLOUD OR LOCAL OR BOTH||OFFLINE ACCESSIBILITY||SYSTEM+INTERNET||SECURITY AUDIT||TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION||MULTIFACTOR AUTHENTICATION||DEVICE COMPATIBILITY||PASSWORD GENERATOR||PRICE||USABILITY||RESPONSE TIME||OVERALL RATING|
|LastPass||256-bit AES||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Local (not even LastPass has access to it||No||WiFi+Mobile Data+All prominent browsers||Yes||Yes||Yes (only with premium plans)||All Devices||Yes||Starts from $2/mo||Very smooth and easy to use||More than 24 hours||★★★★★|
|Dashlane||256-bit AES||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Local(if the user grant permission)||No||WiFi+Mobile Data+VPN+All prominent browsers||Yes||Yes||No||Almost all Devices||Yes||Starts from $3.33/mo||Easy to use||Within ten hours||★★★★|
|1Password||256-bit AES||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Local||No||WiFi+Mobile Data+Chrome and FireFox browser only||Yes||Yes||Yes||Almost all the devices||Yes||Starts from $2.99/mo||Smooth and easy to use||within two hours||★★★★|
|Keeper||256-bit AES||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Both||No||WiFi+Mobile Data+Almost all the prominent browsers||Yes||Yes||Yes||Almost all the Devices||No||Starts from $2.5/mo||Easy to use||more than 24 hours||★★★★|
|Zoho Vault||256-bit AES||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Local||Yes||WiFi+Mobile Data+Almost all the prominent browsers||Yes||Yes||No||Almost all the Devices||Yes||Starts from $0.9/mo||Very simple interface and easy to use||more than 24 hours||★★★|
For me, a great password manager should be super-easy to use while protecting my data using the highest security technology and should provide advanced features like multifactor authentication, autofill, and easy sharing.
Now let’s see how these 5 password managers performed in my test.
LastPass is trusted by more than 16 million users to remember all passwords and sensitive details such as credit cards, internet banking passwords, insurance cards, website memberships etc.).
A simple user interface and robust set of features gives it a distinct edge over the other password saving programs.
#1 Simple and easy user interface:
The LastPass dashboard is clean and easy to navigate. All the features are in the left pane and to store a password you simply click the + button in bottom right corner.
#2 Form Capture:
One of the few tools that offers this feature. LastPass will automatically fill out your details in forms and login pages. It also works for credit card details if you choose to add them.
#3 Multifactor authentication:
Two-step authentication is a standard for every password manager.However, multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security and only the LastPass Premium plan offers this feature.
#4 Strong password generator:
The password generator automatically generates and suggest such strong, random passwords that are very difficult for hackers to crack.
#5 Compatible with all devices and browsers:
LastPass works with all the devices, whether you’re using an Android phone or iOS, Windows or Mac or even Linux. As an extra security feature, with every login on a new device, it sends a verification email to your registered email ID and asks you to verify your new location.
#6 Audit report:
LastPass can provide an audit report, show your security score and master password score (how strong your passwords are).
#7 Easy sharing with other users:
LastPass lets you share folders and passwords with other users with just a few simple clicks. This is a huge time saver for businesses and those who need to collaborate on projects using the same login.
#Slow Customer Service:
LasPass does suffer from rather slow customer support, even if you have a premium account.
#2 Doesn’t offer VPN:
Some competitors offer a VPN for working on a public network, however, LastPass does not offer this service.
LastPass offers a free version with limited features, while premium plans starts from as low as $2/month (billed annually.)
Do I recommend LastPass?
With its robust features, easy to use interface and very low cost, LastPass is a great for any user.
Dashlane is one of the most popular password manager and often to LastPass for the number of features it offers. One it’s main selling points is the ability to use a VPN, which no other company offers.
#1 Easy user interface:
Dashlane offers a clean, simple and easy to navigate dashboard quite similar to LastPass.
#2 Password generator tool:
Dashlane offers a password generator tool that produces hacking-proof passwords for your accounts.
#3 Compatible with all the devices:
Dashlane is compatible with Chrome, Safari, Edge, FireFox and works on PC, Mac and Linux.
#4 Audit reports:
Dashlane’s offers a comprehensive ‘Identity Dashboard’, giving you an overall ‘Password Health Score’.It also offers ‘Dark Web Monitoring’ to check if any passwords, logins, emails, credit cards and phone numbers are found.
#5 Great customer support:
Dashlane customer support offers excellent and reasonably quick support for general questions about their product.
#6 A dedicated VPN for public WiFi:
When using a public WiFi, Dashland provides a dedicated VPN to its users which they can use to protect their data from potential hackers.
Dashlane is the ONLY tool that login and secure password tool that offers this VPN service. Keep in mind, that it’s only available to premium users.
#1 Most expensive:
Dashlane has a free version with limited features, and the premium services starts from $3.99/mo (when paid annually.)
#2 No multifactor authentication:
There is no ‘multifactor authentication’ feature as part of the software. Dashlane only offers the 2 step verification to the users.
#3 The autofill feature stops working sometimes:
Often the autofill feature doesn’t fill the login forms despite the information being stored in your vault.
Dashlane is one of the most expensive password manager tools available The free plan offers limited features and the premium plans starts from $3.99/month when billed annually.
Do I recommend using Dashlane?
The number of features it offers to the users, its clean dashboard, plus the inclusion of a dedicated VPN make Dashlane worth the amount it charges.
1Password has more than 15 million users as bills itself the second most popular password security tool.
#1 Form capture feature:
1Password’s form capture feature is exceptional. During your first login to any site, 1Password shows this pop-up window where you can save all the details and then save for future use.
#2 The safest login:
When you login to your 1Password account, along with your email and password, it asks for a ‘secret key’. This is a unique key that you generate when you first sign up for 1Password, making it the most difficult tool to crack.
#3 Brilliant customer support:
When it comes to customer support, 1Password is the best in the business. The support forum works 24/7 and is the fastest way to get the solution to your problem.
#4 Compatible with all devices:
1Password has apps for both iOS and Android and works smoothly with Mac, Windows, Linux. It supports the Chrome, Safari, FireFox and Opera browsers.
#1 Complicated user interface:
1Password’s user interface is quite complicated and a new user may struggle to get their head around all the basic features.
#2 Issues signing in to the vault:
The ‘secret key’ feature of 1Password makes it safer, but also makes it more complicated to access accounts. 1Password supposedly generates a secret key when you first sign up but that doesn’t always seem to work effectively.
1Password offers multiple plans for individuals, families, and businesses and is one of the best value password managers.
There is no free version offered, and the lowest cost plan starts from $2.99/mo (billed annually). Premium plans have a 30 days free trial with no credit card required.
Do I recommend 1Password?
Overall, 1Password is a great tool with excellent customer support, however it is lacking in terms of the usability of the tool.
4. Keeper Password Manager
Keeper Password Manager (aka Keeper Security) is a cloud based vault that keeps all your data safe by using multiple layers of encryption.
#1 Has one of the strongest encryption technology:
Keeper offers 256-bit AES encryption with PBKDF2 encryption to make it impossible for anyone to break into your account (unless they can access your master password).
It is a cloud based vault only saving the encrypted data of users, and the decryption happens in the user’s device.
#2 Easy-to-navigate UI:
Keeper has a very simple dashboard making it easy to save your passwords.
#3 Keeper Chat:
Keeper also has a sharing feature where you can share a folder or password with other people on your team.
Similar to a built-in WhatsApp or Messenger, ‘Keeper Chat’ feature that lets you chat with all the users in your group in real time.
#4 Export all your data:
Keeper doesn’t 0ffer an offline feature mode, but it does let you export all your data in a PDF or .CSV file.
#5 Available in all devices:
Keeper security is compatible with all devices and the latest browsers like Chrome, Safari, Edge and FireFox.
#1 No free plans:
Keeper Security lacks a free plan, and offers three paid options: Individual, Team and Business. Starting from $2.50/mo when billed annually (yes, it offers a free trial of their premium products but only for 14 days).
#2 Slow Customer Support:
The customer service is not as responsive as other competitors like 1Password or Dashlane. Keeper took almost 30 hours to to offer answers to questions.
#3 Issues signing in:
The tool has shown some errors when signing in, and also locks accounts forcing the user to generate a new password.
Since Keeper doesn’t offer any free plans to its users, the lowest cost premium package starts at $2.50/month (billed annually.)
Do I recommend Keeper Password Manager?
When it comes to cloud-based, encrypted password managers, Keeper definitely could be a good bet for the price point.
5. Zoho Vault
Zoho Vault is a subsidiary Zoho Corporation that keeps your passwords and other private data safe from piracy.
Zoho Vault Pros
#1 Integrates with many productivity apps:
Zoho Vault can be easily integrated with many popular apps like Zendesk, Google Suites, Microsoft office-365, Azure, Lucidcharts, etc.
For paid subscribers, it provides ‘single sign-on’ for all these cloud apps, allowing you to directly launch these apps from your Zoho vault with a single click.
#2 User-friendly dashboard:
Zoho Vault provides a video demo under the ‘Dashboard’ to show you how to find and use the basic features of the tool.
The layout is clean with plenty of white space, making it easy to navigate.
#3 Offline availability:
Zoho Vault is the only tool that lets it users access their passwords offline, download all saved data in encrypted HTML format and be seen in any browser.
Zoho Vault Cons
#1 No multifactor authentication:
Zoho does offer a two-step authentication to its users, unlike its competitors, it doesn’t offer any multifactor authentication which is more secure than the former one.
#2 Slow Customer Support:
The customer support is little slow in answering even when the ‘Emergency’ option is selected.
#3 No form-fill:
You can save and autofill passwords only on websites, but not payment details, address details, etc.
Zoho Vault Plans
Zoho four plans – Free Forever, Standard, Professional and Enterprise. The Standard subscription starts from $0.90/mo (billed annually) which is very good value for money.
Do I recommend Zoho Vault?
If you’re looking for a basic password manager the Free Forever plan of Zoho is a great option.
For a more sophisticated password manager or to collaborate with a team, it might be wiser to spend your money on something like LastPass or Dashlane.
After analyzing all the five tools, the first thing I noticed more than 50% of the features are common or same in all the five password manager tools.
Like all of them are equipped with 256-bit AES encryption, all of them claim to be zero-knowledge tools (they don’t store your data), all of them have autofill, password generator, audit report feature etc.
But the quality of their feature is something that makes tools like LastPass and Dashlane a better option than their counterparts.
So if you’ve tons of confidential data to save and you’re quite serious about it then I’d recommend spending a couple of bucks every month on tools like LastPass and Dashlane.
Otherwise, if you’re just an average user who wants to save a few passwords, feel free to use a cheap/free option like Zoho or Keeper.