Over the years I had tried my best to keep track of all my password stored only in my brain.
I never wanted to use any software to keep track and definitely not write it down.
But as I acquired more accounts and password complexity requirements got stricter, I had to give in and use a password manager.
And good thing I did, it’s so much easier to deal with passwords now.
What is a password manager?
A password manager is a tool used to securely store your passwords. It can be a standalone application that you install, a browser extension, a cloud / online service, or any combination.
You only have to remember one password. The master password to unlock your password manager.
Why should I use a password manager?
Here are some of the features of a password manager
- Securely store your passwords
- Automatic password capture when login to a site
- Auto-fill username & password when returning to a site
- Generating secure random password when creating new accounts
- Multi-factor authentication
Below are some of the more popular password managers.
|Name||Free Version||Cost||OS Support||Brower Integration||Save Location|
|1Password||Yes||$36 /year||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows||Yes||Local with Cloud sync|
|Bitwarden||Yes||$10 /year||Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows||Yes||Local with Cloud sync|
|Dashlane||Yes||$60 /year||Android, iOS, macOS, Windows||Yes||Local with Cloud sync|
|Firefox Lockwise||Yes||Free||Firefox Browser||Cloud|
|Google Password Manager||Yes||Free||Chrome Browser||Cloud|
|KeePassXC||Yes||Free||Windows, Linux, macOS||Yes||Local|
|Keeper||Trial||$35 /year||Android, iOS, Kindle, Linux, Nook, macOS, Windows||Yes||Local|
|LastPass||Yes||$36 /year||Cross-platform (browser extension)||Yes||Local with Cloud sync|
Best for me (Bitwarden)
I’ve been using Bitwarden for about a year now, and I love it. I choose it for a couple of reasons.
It was free and I preferred that it was open-source software. Which means that anyone can view the code. The software is also audited by 3rd party security firms. The most recent audit in July of 2020.
It’s also one of the lowest cost password managers when comparing to any of the other paid options, only $10 /year. Which is good value & you support an open-source project.
Best for you?
Most password managers have similar features & capabilities.
The big question is which one is the best.
The best is the one that you use. There is no real answer here, they all do a good job.
Try one out and let me know.