Most of us have a staggering amount of online accounts, and keeping each an every one of them secure has become an even harder task. Rather than having to cram them, there are a number of great app and service options designed to keep all your passwords safe and secure. Even more beneficial, some of them go a step further and help you create stronger passwords that are tougher to crack in case they fall in the wrong hands. Here are some of the best password managers to beef up the security of your passwords.
1Password reclaimed its relevance as one of the really good password manager apps for Android,after its first revamping in mid-2014. The app has a very intuitive interface and works really well, with access to your secure information being nothing but a breeze. 1Password features AES-256 bit encryption based security for your passwords, logins, payment details, secure notes and information. It also allows syncing of all your devices via your Dropbox account or alternatively stores everything locally for you to sync with any other app if you prefer.
It comes with browser integration that gives you access to websites and auto-fill data.
The 1Password app features no recurring subscription costs, which could be due to the fact that you’d be using your own storage space and accounts to sync all your data. The app is available for a 30-day free trial, after which you can purchase the premium version for a one-time price of US$7.99 and unlock features, such as improved editing functionalities and password creation.
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LastPass is a longstanding password management app and one of the best for everything you need. Aside from password generation, this app offers users a secure storage for all your data including images and recorded audio as well as synchronization across different devices. LastPass also features a built-in web browser integrated with auto-fill data support and an exceptional auto-fill feature for third-party apps as well as the Chrome browser. For added security, LassPass offers support for fingerprint sensors for authentication.
LastPass offers a two-week free trial after which you will need to pay US$1 per month to keep its services. Though this is a cheap subscription, it doesn’t provide a one-time payment system to access all its available features.
mSecure is yet another password manager that has a long-time presence on Android and one that is more of a premium app rather than a subscription service. The Android app can be purchased at an outright price of US$9.99 while the Windows and Mac versions are only US$19.99 for its full features. mSecure uses industry-standard encryption to keep all your data secure, along with offering secure password management and a variety of ways for organizing your information within the app.
With its Dropbox support, you can choose to sync all your devices or if the devices at a close range, use a private Wi-Fi network. In both cases the transmission of data is done safely whether or not your cloud account is secure.
mSecure also includes support for tablets and a built-in browser, as well as the capability of importing password information from a different password manager app, to avoid the time-consuming process of manually inputting the data.
Dashlane Password Manager is a password service with cross-platform support with quite impressive features. Among its stand out features is an AES-256 bit encryption of your passwords, cross-device syncing that is secure and on-device password creation. It also lets you store information considered non-sensitive such as addresses, IDs, credit card info and secure notes.
Dashlane has its own browser that automatically auto-fill all your passwords and accounts with each website visit, though you also have the option of choosing its in-built keyboard for easy input of passwords into other apps. This means effortless copying and pasting of your passwords to different apps and websites. As an extra, the app provides several additional security measures like blocking screenshots, to maintain the app’s safety from unwanted users.
The service is mostly free for the basic features, but for functions such as cross-device syncing and cloud backup, you will need to pay a yearly fee of US$29 for a premium account.
What other password manager app or service, do you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments.
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