Best password managers 2020
With hacking on the rise and hacker groups expanding, a good password manager is becoming a standard tool for all computer users. With so many options, it’s getting harder to choose. We’ll list our top rated password managers here, current prices, and some insight on what we liked. They all work very similar, so you’ll be better off with any of these listed.
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Dashlane (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
Dashlane is minimalist and simple, there is two-factor authentication and the ability to change passwords with multiple sites at one time. Dashlane uses a smaller memory footprint with every update. It has the ability to securely store private notes. It also shares encrypted passwords with emergency contacts in case you have trouble with your account.
Dashlane allows you to store passwords locally, or sync them across all your devices. It optionally keeps track of purchase receipts.
Dashlane has the best free version. The premium version for $5 a month has VPN access and the ability to have passwords on all devices. The premium plus version also monitors credit. All plans are billed annually.
LastPass (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome)
LastPass is a long standing popular password manager offering free and paid plans. It has an easy import option for all saved login credentials, usernames, and passwords. You can download these from Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Safari. It also helps you remove information from your computer that might be a security risk.
It includes two-factor authentication, free credit monitoring, multiple identities, and an auto form fill feature designed to speed up your shopping process. LastPass stores your encrypted information on secure cloud servers, so you can use it on computers other than your own. You can also share passwords with other members.
The premium version runs $3 a month also billed annually.
1Password (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
1Password is packed with password management tools including a strong password generator, username and password storage, secure password sharing, and a clean easy to use interface. It includes a watchtower service that notifies you of real time website security issues.
It securely saves your logins, credit card details, notes, and network passwords for a router or WIFI. The company is so confident with the security, they offered a $100k bounty for anyone who could crack it.
1Password does not have a free version but does offer a 30 day trial. It’s lowest price is $3.99 a month. We could not find if it’s billed yearly or monthly. Which normally means it’s annually.
Keeper Security Password Manager (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Keeper Security password manager offers the most password solutions we’ve seen. From enterprise, business, family, student, personal use, and something called MSP we couldn’t get more information on. It’s the most scalable password manager when you factor being able to go from the basic single plan to enterprise. If you own a large business and want to start out with a personal plan to test it, this might be best.
Keeper has two-factor authentication and secure file storage that keeps your information safe. It has a history to revert back to and It provides emergency access for up to five contacts.
Keeper also has custom fields which we have not seen yet, but also we couldn’t think of any reason we would use them. Maybe with a large corporation?
It bills annually at $2.49 a month for personal use.
We felt like the best overall option was Dashlane. It’s price vs. features and performance was the best. I can see specific reasons for other options, like a large company. But for most people, Dashlane looks to be as good as it gets for now.
*we have no affiliations with any of these companies or received any compensation in anyway for this article.