On the internet, there’s no such thing as guaranteed security. But using a good password manager is an important step in becoming a hard target.
Some of the best password managers cost only $10/month or less and sync with all your devices including Android and iOS phones.
The Best Password Managers
Password managers do more than just store passwords; they also suggest random and long passwords, which tend to be far more secure. All you have to do is remember one password and the password manager does the rest.
Let’s take a look at the top password managers, including price points and popular features you should consider. (Or skip ahead to our table of password managers and compatibility with operating systems.)
- Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux
- $0 (single user) – $4.00 per month for up to 6 users
Last past eliminates the need to remember passwords by storing all your passwords in one location.
Features include access on all devices, a password generation, multi-factor authentication, and up to 1GB of encrypted file storage.
This tool is straightforward to use, even for the less tech-savvy. They also offer a business plan, which allows businesses to manage employee access easily.
- Available for iOS, Windows. Linux (with web browser extension)
- $0 (up to 50 passwords) – $10.00 with added security features
This is a password manager and overall online security tool all in one.
They do offer a free password manager only tool, but the paid plans include additional features such as access to a secure VPN, credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, security breach monitoring, and secure document storage.
Business plans for teams are also available.
- Available for Mac, iOs, Windows, Android, Linux
- $2.99 – $7.99 (per user for business account)
1Password’s the plans allow you to choose what you need. Their base plan is a just $2.99 a month and includes unlimited password storage, 1GB documents storage, and two-factor authentication.
Higher plans offer credit card storage, the ability to manage who can see which passwords, and more.
Business accounts include advanced features such as free family accounts for team members, activity log tracking, custom roles, and usage reports.
- Available for Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Linux, and Chrome OS
- $0 – $2.99
This is a simple, intuitive tool for keeping all your passwords safe and secure. Features include the ability to share access, store credit cards, encrypted file storage, two-factor authentication, and the ability to connect unlimited devices in higher plans.
It is very affordable; they even offer a free family plan.
- Works on: Chrome, Firefox, and Android
- $0.00 (not for the less tech-savvy, though)
This open-source password manager is a little different. It requires no syncing, which means you need one password to manage everything, always.
It does this by computing passwords, rather than storing them.
None of your passwords are stored in a database. There are no fancy features, but this tool is free and open source.
- Available for iOS, Mac, Android, Windows
- $2.50 to $4.99 (Business and enterprise costs are per user)
If you need a bit more than a password manager, this might be the right tool for you. They offer five different plans, from student all the way up to enterprise, with a wide range of features.
The personal plan includes a password manager, private messenger, breach monitoring, and secure file storage.
The enterprise plan includes team management, developer API, Active Directory and LDAP sync, advanced two-factor authentication, and more.
- Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux
- $0.00 (up to 20 items)- $11.99 (one time purchase)
Easy management for passwords, credit cards, social security number, and any other sensitive data you want to keep safe.
Features include 256-bit AES encryption, cross-platform usage, password generator, and the ability to segregate data. For example, you can keep work and home passwords in separate vaults.
What stands out about EnPass is that the app is a one time purchase, not a subscription fee. So you pay once, and it’s yours forever.
- Available for Windows, Mac, and mobile devices
- $17.90 for one year license (save more with longer plans)
An easy-to-use a password manager that syncs across devices, including your desktop and mobile devices.
Features include one-click login, password capture while you browse, offline access, and a powerful search feature.
They also make it easy to import or export passwords from other managers so you can get it all set up in minutes.
- Available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and web browsers
- $0.00 – $5.00 per user for businesses
BitWarden is an affordable password manager and password generator that takes security very seriously. All data is sealed with end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption.
The tool can be accessed via the native desktop app, web browser, or command line.
The family plan is $1 a month and includes up to five users, unlimited collections, vault health reports, 1 GB encrypted file storage, and the option to self-host.
Advanced enterprise plans include priority tech support, API access, audit logs, on-premise hosting, and directory sync.
- Available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS
- $0.00 – $29.99 a year (or $199.99 for lifetime)
This manager donates a portion of every paid plan to save manatees.
Features include automatic form and account login, strong password generation, credit card storage, secure note storage, and even works on USB devices and memory cards.
Paid plans come with priority support, the ability to share passwords, and cloud back up.
- Available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android (including Apple watch)
- $0.00 – $1.00 per month ($7 per user/per month for Enterprise)
You might know Zoho as a CRM or mail app, but they also offer a powerful password manager.
Features include password storage, secure password generation, the ability to organize passwords, password sharing, one-click login, role assignment, data back up, and AES-256 encryption.
- Available for Windows, iOS, Apple, and Android
- $2.00 – $8.00 per month/per user
Aimed at businesses, this tool is used by Airbus and Virgin Hyperloop One.
It can be used by employees, customers, or to secure applications such as Peoplesoft or Salesforce. Features include single-click sign-on, multi-factor authentication, user provisioning, device trust, user management tools, and access to the API and other tools.
- Available for installation on Windows and Linux, supports access by a wide variety of platforms including iOS, Android, Unix, and SQL databases.
- Contact for pricing
If you are looking for an enterprise-level password manager, this tool, by ManageEngine, might be the tool for you.
Features include a centralized password vault, digital keys, document storage, granular sharing features, automated password resets, policy enforcement, audit and compliance reports, live back up and fast recovery in case of a disaster, and much more.
Solarwinds PassPortal (for MSPs)
- Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
- Contact for pricing; no contract required
Created for managed service providers, this is an advanced password management tool aimed at making it easier for you to get work done.
Using this tool, you can provide granular access based on user or even a specific time frame. This shores up security issues and means less hassle when it is time to change passwords.
Features include one-click login, role-based permissions, auto-expire passwords, extremely secure storage, advanced auditing and reporting tools, and so much more.
Browser- and OS-Based Password Managers
Most of the browsers discussed above have browser extensions available. Here we outline 3 password managers created by browser companies and one from Apple.
- Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play
This is a simple password manager created by browser company Firefox. Features are pretty slim, but it is easy to use and is available across devices, including Windows and Apple devices.
The tool will autofill your passwords, but it does not include a master password, which may make it less useful for some users.
- Available for Chrome as a browser add-on.
Similar to Firefox’s Lockwise, this password manager is a simple browser extension that stores all your passwords.
Since you have to log in to Google, that sign-in does function as a master password. It suggests secure passwords and will soon include a breach warning feature. It lacks advanced features such as password sharing.
- Available for iOS 7.0.0 or OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later
Apple has also jumped on the password manager train with Keychain Access.
Keychain Access (sometimes called Mac keychains) allows users to store passwords, credit card details, and other logins with end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption.
You can use it on your Mac alone or via your iCloud account (iCloud Keychain Access), which will provide syncing across devices.
Features include two-factor authentication, complicated password suggestions, secure note storage, and cross-device capabilities. Keychain is a bit more full-featured than Google or Firefox’s tools but offers less than many other password managers.
- Available for Microsoft Edge
This super simple password manager is built right into Microsoft Edge. When you visit a site and log in, a popup will display asking if you would like Edge to remember the password.
Next time, your password and account name will be auto-filled. You can manage the passwords it remembers in Settings and more > Settings > Passwords & autofill. If you change your password, you will have to update it manually in Edge.
Password Managers for Geeks
These password managers require programming skills to set up and use.
pass (command-line based)
- Available for Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, Arch, Mac, FreeBSD, Tarball, and Git Repository
- Free (donations accepted)
Pass is a simple, secure password manager is made to do one thing and do it well – manage your passwords.
Each password lives in an encrypted file which can be organized as you wish. This is a command-line based password manager.
- Available for Mac, Windows, and most other platforms
KeePass is an open-source password manager for advanced users and comes recommended by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher at Google’s Project Zero.
KeePass or KeePassX are both perfectly reasonable choices.
— Tavis Ormandy (@taviso) March 18, 2017
Features include a master password, multiple user keys, ability to be moved through a USB stick, easy transfer, and auto-type, to name a few.
KeePassX is a more much secure version designed for “people with extremely high demands on security.”
Here are some common Q&As about password managers. Have a different question? Share it in the comments below and we’ll be happy to respond.
Are password managers safe?
No one can guarantee 100% security online, but making yourself a hard target is smart.
Password managers make it easy to use long, complicated passwords that are hard to crack. The software stores these passwords for you, so you don’t need to rely on your memory. Some, like Dashlane, also warn you about weak passwords or passwords you are using for more than one account.
Consider improving your security even more by using a U2F physical security key or authenticator app with your password manager.
Do password managers get hacked?
Password managers have — or will develop — security vulnerabilities like all software. Security experts recommend not running your password manager in the background while you’re working and not using it to store credit cards and copies of sensitive ID documents like passports.
They also recommend using an authenticator app and/or U2F security key in conjunction with your password manager.
Some of the best password managers, like 1Password, partner with “bug bounty” programs. These are programs that organize “white hat” hackers to find vulnerabilities in exchange for payouts. Such innovative programs significantly boost software security.
When choosing the right password manager, it is important to consider the security level and the features you need, not just the cost. For example, a browser-based password manager might not be as convenient if it cannot be used across devices.
The good news is, no matter which one you choose, your online experience will be more secure and more convenient once you start using a password manager.
Table: Password Managers and Operating Systems
|LastPass||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||Extensions for most browsers|
|Dashlane||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔ (via Chrome or Firefox extension)|
|RoboForm Everywhere||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||Chrome OS|
|Password Manager Pro||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||Supports wide range of platforms for password access and reset|
|Zoho Vault||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||Apple Watch|
|LessPass||✔||❌||Chrome, Firefox, CozyCloud, Snapcraft, command line. Can self-host with Docker|
|KeePass||✔||✔||❌||❌||✔||Auto-type feature currently supported only by Linux|