Top 5 Free Password Managers
In today’s world, an average, non-internet savvy person would have at least a dozen passwords to manage – Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Gmail, Skype, online banking, mobile, internet connection and a ton of other different things. Everything we use online now requires an account and a password. Whether it’s your music account, or your movies, your games or your productivity apps, you need to have a username and a password to get access. That being said, online platforms have made it simpler for people to use one account such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter to sign-in to many other accounts. The only problem with that approach is if someone gets hold of your Google or Facebook passwords, they’ve gotten hold of your entire online world. Not a good idea.
So what do you to ensure the protection as well as the manageability of your passwords? You can’t create 100 unique passwords for 100 unique services because you’re never going to be able to remember them. That’s why we have password managers as our ultimate saviors. And here’s our list of the top five free password managers to help you manage your passwords better and worry less.
Note: Some of these do have paid versions.
One of the most popular password managers of the year, LastPass is free and great to use. You also get the premium version that comes with enhanced features such as syncing across devices, sharing folders and customized permissions for $12 a year. The free version, however, is more than enough for most people who want a simple manager for their multiple accounts and logins. In order to secure your passwords, all you need to do is use one master password with LastPass and the rest of it is stored in your vault. You can save all your login information, credit-card information, address etc in your vault which even LastPass itself can’t access. If you need a simple solution to all your password and form-filling woes, LastPass is a must try.
If you’re not a regular user and have a knack for choosing open-source systems, then KeePassX is what you need. Passwords are stored in an encrypted database controlled by you and are not synced or updated unless you do so manually. Because of its technical nature, the service is not easy to use as DashLane and LastPass. Regardless of the technicality, it is transparent, and for tech-savvy people who want to create their own safety plugins, the program works best.
Roboform is pretty basic. It isn’t as diverse or flexible as DashLane and LastPass, but it is a good option if you want a robust desktop application. The premium license costs $19.95 a year and you can also get a family subscription of five members. Unlike other apps out there, Roboform does not offer you the world in your pocket. There’s no digital wallet, no online automatic form-filling etc. You will have to store all your passwords and logins by manually creating entries in the software which then connects you to your logins. So if you’re looking for an easy-to-use desktop software, try out Roboform.
5. Sticky Password
A product of the AVG Anti-virus, Sticky Password is automatically considered as a secure password manager. The premium version allows for cloud syncing and backup at a $29.99 cost per year whereas the free version offers simple password creation and storage. It doesn’t offer much and can be the preferred choice of users who simply want a browser extension or an app that can generate and save passwords without much of a hassle.
We’d advise you to give each of these password managers a try to determine which of them suits your needs the best before you decide to invest in a premium account. The free version of all these software though works perfectly fine for everyone. Let us know which suits you best!