The best way to manage and secure your password list is to use a password manager. Data hacks and breaches are all too common, and relying on a memorized list of passwords – let alone reusing the same ones – is risky and outdated.
The good news is, the best password managers – such as Dashlane, 1Password or LastPass – make logging into your online accounts feel effortless. They safely store your passwords, then automatically fill them in for you whenever you log into a site or service. Most can automatically generate secure, complex passwords for you, too.
You don’t need to spend big for a password manager, either. Free suites are a decent start, but typically limit you to just one device. That's little help when you need to log into the same online accounts on your laptop, phone and tablet.
For around $20-$30 per year you can get all the service you’ll need across multiple devices. Still, not all password managers are created equal – so which do we recommend for keeping you safe online?
- 1Password – The best password manager we've tested. Easy to use and gives you plenty of control. 1Password is a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to make easy work of juggling passwords.
- Dashlane – A great interface and handy extra features, such as automatically saving receipts. Once set up, you'll find that you'll be logged seamlessly into websites automatically. You can even share your login details with nominated friends.
- LastPass – LastPass is a powerful app and has a great browser plugin, too. It's also one of the cheapest available, which makes it a compelling choice for those after a good deal.
- Sticky Password – Nice automatic log-in feature and offers great value compared to rivals. The design isn't going to win any awards, but overall it's a good password app that works as intended.
Read on for our verdict on why 1Password is the best password manager we've tested this year, plus our views on all the main password storage rivals.
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- Free 6 month trial for 1Password Teams for business
- 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
- 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
- Makes your passwords available where you want them: in your browser.
- Detects when you’re using the same password on multiple sites.
- Available on all major browsers and on multiple sites.
- Connection issues, though rare, can make password changes maddening.
- Password changing feature is very manual the first time round.
- 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