One of the best ways to protect your online security is to use a password manager, and if you're a Mac user, then the best you can choose is LastPass, which nudges ahead of the competiton.
Small businesses in particular can benefit from a commercial password manager, and the top options for those operating on Macs are LastPass Teams (thanks to features including password sharing and auditing, emergency access, and 1 GB of encrypted storage) and 1Password Teams, which comes with vault auditing, account recovery, and hidden vaults for traveling.
As a fan of Apple products, you're likely to be aware of the tech company's own password manager software, iCloud Keychain. However, due to this service's limited functionality across other platforms and devices – as well as a few other notable flaws – picking up an outside password manager could make all the difference when it comes to protecting your privacy online.
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As far as price goes, LastPass is pretty fair, with the Teams business plan starting at $4 per user per month or $48 per user per year, capped at 50 users. The premium business plan, called “Business,” costs $6 per user per month or $72 per user per year, and includes more features and unlimited users.
Personal plans come in at at a mere $36 per year for individuals (after a 30-day free trial) and $48 per year for a six-account group plan. You'll also be able to utilize the free version for as long as you like to get a feel for it, and it's pretty robust if you're looking to save a bit of money.
- Free tier available
- Makes it super easy to securely log into your accounts from a web browser
- Detects when you’re using the same password on multiple sites.
- Available on all major browsers, iOS and Android
- Connection issues, though rare, can make password changes maddening.
- Password changing feature is very manual the first time round.
Unfortunately, 1Password is one of the few password managers on the list that doesn't come with an ongoing free version, but it does offer a 30-day free trial to get you started. Business plans and their features include shared storage and admin settings. The starter business plan, Teams, operates with unique pricing: A flat $19.95 per-month fee for up to ten users. The other plan, Business, costs $7.99 per user per month.
The personal plans cost $36 per year for individuals, with a five-person “Family” option for $60 per year. All plans are billed annually.
- 30 day Free Trial
- Even better than LastPass in our tests
- Local storage makes saving changed passwords more reliable
- Large number of secure note templates for storing sensitive information
- Very well-designed app
- No automated password changing feature
- Desktop app seems superfluous
- No camera integration on mobile
As far as those high prices are concerned, Dashlane's business pricing plans will run you $60 per user per year, billed annually (or $96 per user per year if you opt for the plan with single sign-on support).
Personal plans can be billed monthly, starting with the Essentials plan at $3.99 per month (that's $47.88 per year), the Premium plan at $6.49 per month, and the Family plan at $8.99 for six users per month. Pick the option to be billed annually, though, and the prices drop again, with the Essentials available for just $2.99 per month, which is $35.88 per year. Essentials supports just two devices and doesn't offer file storage or a VPN, however.
There is also a free tier that users can take advantage of — it can be used on only one device, and is without cloud backup.
- Dashlane can automatically change multiple passwords at once
- Easy-to-understand security assessment of your password quality
- Auto-saves online receipts
- Virtual Private Network (VPN) included
- The free tier doesn’t backup your database to the cloud
- Very expensive compared to competitors such as 1Password and LastPass
However, where NordPass really shines is in its pricing plans. Business plans start at a trim $3.59 per user per month, with support for up to 250 users. A custom-priced Enterprise plan is also available for business use, offering Microsoft Azure as a single sign-on option as well as a dedicated account manager and a face-to-face onboarding service.
NordPass is one of the few good password managers that offers an entirely free plan. That's right, you get access to a password manager that can store an unlimited number of credentials as well as credit card information and secure notes. However, you can't be logged in on multiple devices using the free personal plan. If you want that, you'll need to pay $2.49 per month or $29.88 per year.
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- Offers a completely free version
- Easy to understand UI
- Neat extra features such as a data breach scanner
- Slick setup
- Can't change passwords for accounts in the NordPass app
- Lacks some features such as a failsafe switch
Sticky Password Pricing
Sticky Password does offer a free option that supports only one device, while its premium individual package will cost you a mere $30 per year. This price is the same for personal use as well as business, and there's no much difference between the two.
Uniquely, Sticky Password also offers a one-time lifetime payment option of $120, which will keep your Mac, and any other device your may wish to connect, secure for as long as you need.
- Very well priced
- The automatic login features are fantastic
- Wide browser support
- Illogical saved bookmarks feature
- Desktop app design is outdated and can be sluggish
Verdict: What is the best password manager for Mac?
To be fair though, 1Password and Dashlane are both decidedly great options if you don't like LastPass for some reason. 1Passwords boasts an incredibly easy to use platform, while Dashlane offers one of the most robust options.
If you're intereted in getting a password manager for yourself, check out our comparison form for even more information,
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