Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Gmail, Outlook, WordPress, Spotify, Slack, Evernote, Snapchat, Dropbox… we all have a million different accounts with a million different passwords to remember. Some of them we type almost daily, but some of them we type once every few months, and that means we will probably forget them eventually. That´s why password managers exist, to ease us the pain of having to reset a password because we don´t remember it or having to write them in unsafe places that other people can easily access. Sometimes it is difficult to choose a password manager because we don´t know if we can trust it or if it will function correctly. Well, that´s what we´re here for, so here´s a list of the best, most reliable password managers available out there.
By default, the operating system of your computer, tablet or mobile phone stores your data, at least the data you use directly on the device, such as email passwords, WiFi keys or a card number for a purchase on the web browser. However, it is not easy to access this data. Hence we recommend you use specialized tools such as password managers.
There is something for all tastes, but the best ones have several things in common: they are multi-platform, they offer a free version and additional payment functions, they are also used to store other data besides passwords, and data is encrypted and protected in your device but is synchronize online, too.
One of the more popular password managers is LastPass. It started as a browser add-on, improving password management on your default browser. Over time, it has extended to mobile devices, so with your LastPass username you will have a safe place for accessing all your passwords and sensitive data on all your devices.
In addition to passwords, you can store secure notes and forms, so you can store purchasing data or gadget keys, among other data.
Among its security features are AES-256-bit passwords, which are very secure, data-encrypted passwords, two-step authentication and encryption/decryption.
The Zoho suite of online tools has a password manager that is also online, so you can manage your passwords directly from the browser and from the mobile app.
Zoho Vault follows the philosophy of the entire Zoho suite, which is very team-oriented, so you can use this tool only for yourself or you can share passwords in a work team, a very convenient feature to share important notes or passwords in the same department or company. For this same reason it also offers a function to control who has access to passwords. Otherwise, it is as safe as the previous ones, with AES-256 encryption.
In Enpass you’ll find another powerful ally to remember and keep your passwords safe.
It has both a desktop version and a browser extension, and you can store all kinds of data. Moreover, the app itself offers categories for it. As LastPass, it uses AES-256, and as an incentive, it has the ability to import passwords from other managers and synchronize data between devices using cloud services from third parties, so you can leverage your Dropbox account, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, or Box. Synchronization is optional and in any case, the data from the application is encrypted to maintain security.
Although not as veteran as services like LastPass, this password manager has earned a place thanks to its ease of use and ability to easily manage keys and save them when you’re using it for the first time.
As in the previous case, Dashlane is compatible with most desktop operating systems and mobile operating systems and it also integrates well in all major browsers, so that when you fill out a form or enter a session in an online service, Dashlane will ask if you want to save that data for the future.
Besides passwords it also saves notes, account numbers, cards, key programs, etc.
Do you use any password manager? If so, tell us your experience with it in the comments below and feel free to include other suggestions you might like!