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Top 25 password managers in 2021

Improve your password security yourself and protect your passwords from malware.

Published: July 26, 2021 By Rakesh Naik

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You might have heard already about do not reuse your passwords for different services online and keep them relatively long?

But how to accomplish this with minimum effort. This is a question I am facing most often.

In this article, I will be exploring the concept of password security, listing a few tips and tricks on how to improve it, and finally, list the best 25 password manager tools in the market with a comparison of their pros and cons.

 


Password Manager
Platform Supported
Price
Rating (Out of 10)
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome
Free
10
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome
Free
10
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
Free
10
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
30-day free trial
£2.49/month ($3.44/month)
10
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
Free
9
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
Free
9
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
Free
9
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome
14-day free trial
$2.99/month
9
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
Free
8
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome and Firefox
Free
8
Windows, macOS & Linux
Free
8
Windows
30-day free trial
8
Android, iOS, Chrome and other browsers
$2/month
8
Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS
Free
7
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
Free
7
Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
Free with a 30-day trial of Premium
7
Windows, Chrome, and other browsers
30-day free trial
7
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
14-day free trial
$15/month
7
Windows, macOS, Chrome, and other browsers
30-day trial
$220/user
7
Windows
$299/year
7
Windows, macOS and Linux
Free
6
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
Free
6
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome and Firefox
$19.99/year
6
Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
First 50 passwords free
5
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
Free
5


Password Security

A password is defined as a secret phrase or series of numbers that allow a user access to a restricted resource or piece of data. Passwords can also be used to protect your identity online, financial information, as well as sensitive personal information secure from malware and unauthorised access.

Passwords form the base of security for all information systems on the planet, be it something as simple as a PIN lock for your file cabinet or something as complicated as a multi-factor authenticated password protection for your desktop computer.

Malicious third parties try to compromise your sensitive information by stealing passwords from your computer or wherever you store them. Once compromised, they could use your information to their own benefit or commit crimes with your identity.

With the rise in the use of information systems in today's world, password security is becoming more important and, with it, raising the need to keep these passwords safe and secure.

Result of a survey conducted in a university of 800 to determine the strength of passwords

Image Source – “Password Security: Password Behavior Analysis at a Small University” scholarly paper
[by M Awad, Z Al-Qudah, S Idwan, and A Jallad]

A leaked password could lead to a lot of problems, including financial loss, identity theft, compromised computers, and so much more. With your passwords, a malicious user could access a lot of your sensitive information, such as bank accounts, emails, social media accounts, and other accounts that hold sensitive personal information.

Some of the most common attacks on passwords are:

  • Brute Force Attacks
  • Phishing
  • Dictionary Attacks
  • Social Engineering

Protecting yourself and your passwords from these attacks should always be your primary concern while using any information system, be it your personal smartphone or even your office computer.


How to improve password security

While there is no single equation or solution to improve password security in your systems, it can, however, be achieved with a few habits and tips. In this section, I shall be exploring just this.

A few passwords tips to follow to improve password security in your system

Image Source – le-vpn.com

Firstly, use one of the many free services online to check whether your password has been listed in any of the compromised password databases on the internet. You can use services such as “Have I Been Pwned” for this.

This will tell you whether your passwords have been compromised in the past simply by checking your email address against the leaked databases. If the search returns a positive, you and your sensitive information online might be in grave danger.

But if the result returns a negative result, you are safe, and there is nothing to worry about yet. But just because your result is negative doesn't mean you don't have to worry about your password security.

A few tips and tricks and good habits that you can follow to improve your password security are as follows:

  • Mix numbers, alphabets and special characters – Make sure your password has different types of characters in it, such as numbers, uppercase and lowercase alphabets, and even special characters. The more variety it has, the more difficult it will be to crack.
  • Increase the length of your password – Rather than sticking to the usual 8 characters long password, choose a password with more characters, such as 16 or even 20 characters long.
  • Don’t use your personal information – Don’t use your date of birth, anniversaries, phone number, child’s name or any such easily guessable information as your password
  • Keep changing your password regularly – Set expiry for every password and remind yourself to regularly change your passwords upon expiry
  • Use different passwords for each account – DO NOT under any circumstance use the same password for all your online accounts. In such a scenario, if one account gets compromised, it will lead to all your online accounts getting compromised.
  • Use 2-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication – These are additional mechanisms supported by most information systems that make your account more secure. They involve using an additional method of login, such as an OTP, while logging into important accounts.
  • Use a Password Manager – A password manager is software that stores and protects your passwords from any leaks or attacks from malware.

In the next section, I will be exploring just this; I will be looking at various password manager tools available in the market, compare their pros & cons, and give my verdict on how well they can suit your requirements.

25 Best password managers in the market

  1. Dashlane
  2. LastPass
  3. Bitwarden
  4. NordPass
  5. RoboForm
  6. RememBear
  7. Password Boss
  8. Avira Password Manager
  9. Zoho Vault
  10. Enpass
  11. LogMeOnce
  12. Akeyless Vault
  13. AuthPass
  14. BastionPass
  15. StickyPassword
  16. Kaspersky Password Manager
  17. One Identity
  18. Thycotic Secret Server
  19. Intuitive Password
  20. Keeper
  21. 1Password
  22. Team Password
  23. Norton Password Manager
  24. CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault
  25. BeyondTrust Privileged Identity

In this section, I would be listing my opinion and verdict on the top 25 password managers available in the market. I tested them, compared their pros and cons along with prices and various features offered by them. Following is the list of my personally preferred password managers.

1. Dashlane

Dashlane User Interface

Image Source – dashlane.com

One of the most popular and my favourite password managers on the list, Dashlane, make sure to protect your passwords and keep them stored securely from malicious accesses or malware.

Dashlane uses 256-bit AES encryption in a zero-knowledge architecture along with 2-factor authentication to make the system and keep your passwords safe.

I personally enjoy Dashlane very much due to its integration with web browsers, auto filling passwords and user names at the login page. The software even suggests secure and strong passwords that the user could use while registering a new online account with a password.

Another good feature offered by the software is its capability to store financial information meaning credit/debit card information, for when the user needs to make online payments. It offers a colour-coded system making the identification of different payment methods much easier.

As far as my expertise goes, I would say Dashlane is a perfect password manager, be it for use in personal systems or even for enterprises and businesses.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Sync across multiple platforms
  • Automatic password suggestion
  • Built-in VPN system for the premium plan
  • Limited functionality in the free plan
  • More expensive than competing password managers
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Automated password suggestions and strength evaluation
  • Ability to save credit and debit card information
  • Dark web monitoring for leaked logins
  • Autofill passwords on login pages of websites

2. LastPass

The LastPass User interface

Image Source – lastpass.com

LastPass is a very good and reliable password manager that allows a user to store an unlimited number of passwords.

The tool employs the 256-bit AES encryption algorithm for protecting passwords and also uses multi-factor authentication (MFA) coupled with a master password to allow access to the protected passwords.

The one thing that I quite enjoy with the LastPass password manager is the fact that the MFA system allows integration with not only LastPass's own Authenticator app but also with third party apps such as Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator.

The free version of the app allows synchronisation with one device type, while the premium version allows syncing across multiple types of devices with additional features such as dark web monitoring for compromised logins, advanced MFA, password sharing etc.

The software is well suited for personal use as well as use in businesses due to its functionalities and price.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Synchronisation across multiple platforms
  • Software tour for new users
  • Works with secure logins such as banking and financial websites
  • Importing databases is very difficult
  • Several reports of login failures into the LastPass master account
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Password strength evaluation
  • Auto-fill on login portals
  • Multi-factor authentication that can sync with third-party apps such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator

3. Bitwarden

Stored credentials on the Bitwarden Password Manager

Image Source – bitwarden.com

Stepping into the world of open-source software, Bitwarden is a password manager that is quite affordable with quite a few advanced password manager features.

Being open-source, the entire source code of Bitwarden is available to anyone who wants to make changes to suit their requirements. But unlike much other open-source software in the market, Bitwarden doesn't compromise in user-friendliness and ease of use.

It also has a 2FA system that improves the overall security of the software, which can integrate with the Google Authenticator app.

The one thing I liked about this password manager is that it stores all the data locally on your computer hard drive rather than in a cloud storage system. This allows quicker access to data and also does not require a continuous connection to the internet to be able to use the software effectively. I might as well run the software in a VM with no internet to improve security.

While it is a quite good password manager, I wouldn’t recommend it to users who haven’t ever used password managers.

Firstly, it has little to no tech support available at any level. Secondly, the Bitwarden has unnecessary complications for setting up synchronisation and password sharing across multiple devices.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Open-source software making its code customisable
  • 2-factor authentication to improve security
  • No tech support of any form
  • Unnecessary complications for password syncing or sharing
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • 2FA integration with third-party apps such as Google Authenticator
  • Local storage of data

4. NordPass

Import options in the NordPass Password Manager

Image Source – nordpass.com

The NordPass Password Manager is a part of the Nord suite consisting of the NordLocker and NordVPN software. The NordPass is a very user-friendly and easy to learn password manager and has almost all the features that a user could need.

The NordPass software uses the XChaCha20 encryption for protecting the password that is stored with the Argon 2 for key derivation. The XChaCha20 encryption doesn't claim to be better than the 256-bit AES but is far easier to integration and isn't easily misconfigured.

It adds a zero-knowledge architecture to this mix, which makes sure to protect all passwords and credentials from malware and malicious users.

There are a few features that make the NordPass stand out, which I find quite interesting. The NordPass software has a Data Breach Scanner that regularly keeps checking compromised password databases for any links to the user.

Secondly, the NordPass has a very user-friendly system to input new payment credentials by simply scanning pictures or documents of the user’s debit/credit cards.

Unfortunately, NordPass has no premium or enterprise plans making it quite unsuitable and obsolete for businesses.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Plenty of features in the free version
  • Very easy to import data from other sources
  • Option to pay anonymously
  • Limited options for organising saved data
  • No option for enterprise plans
  • No cloud storage is available
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Biometric security available such as Touch ID or Face ID
  • Data Breach Scanner available that scans leaked password databases for user credentials
  • Can scan credit/debit card information for payments from documents and photographs

5. RoboForm

The RoboForm user interface on a browser and mobile device

Image Source – roboform.com

The RoboForm password manager has been in the market well before password managers have become mainstream software. Being that old, the RoboForm password manager is primarily built for businesses and enterprise use.

One of the defining features of the RoboForm password manager is its Admin Console that allows an admin to create and define new password policies to be used in the system running RoboForm.

It also has a secure bookmarks storage that allows users to save and sync bookmarks across devices. What I also like about the RoboForm password manager is its ability to create multiple identities to be used to auto-fill web forms.

Mind you, while these might seem quite trivial these days, in a time when web browsers weren’t as advanced and fancy, this used to be a very good feature to have.

RoboForms is one of the best password managers on this list, mostly due to the advanced features it possesses. It can be used well for personal use as well as in businesses since it was initially aimed for that market.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Easy creation and sharing of secure passwords
  • Users can log in to a shared account without viewing any credentials
  • One-click login
  • Account switching is quite tedious
  • Password synchronisation isn’t always 100%
  • No customer support for free users
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Highly customisable using Admin console to add new policies
  • Can create multiple identities for web-forms

6. RememBear

Amazon credentials stored using the RememBear password Manager

Image Source – remembear.com

While RememBear lacks many of the features of other password managers such as Dashlane or LastPass, it is very well built for new users who might not be quite tech-savvy and look for a fun user interface rather than advanced functionalities.

The first thing that caught my eye while using RememBear is the array of animated bears that work to give the user a tour of the software with step-by-step instructions.

If I were to make a guess on their marketing strategy, I would say that they focused most of their attention on how easy it is to use the RememBear Password Manager. It is also a quite nice feature to have available biometric login modes using the mobile app for the software.

However, I wasn't very fond of this tool, mainly since it requires a paid subscription for any function besides the basics such as synchronisation, password backup etc. It also has very few options to import data and passwords that might have been exported from other password managers.

I wouldn’t recommend this tool to businesses even as the paid version, but it would be ideal for a normal user who doesn’t have a lot of functionality requirements.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome and Firefox
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Offers unlimited storage
  • Paid plans are cheap compared to other software
  • Easy to recover the master password
  • Very few options to import data from other sources
  • No checks for compromised login credentials
  • Backup & Sync requires a paid subscription
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Supports 2FA with Face ID and Fingerprint ID
  • Import data from LastPass and 1Password

7. Password Boss

Credentials stored on the Password Boss software

Image Source – passwordboss.com

Password Boss is a user-friendly password manager with quite a few useful features and functionalities. It doesn't have a lot of stand-out features when compared to many competitors, but it is quite good for non-technical users that require a full-fledged password manager application.

Password Boss can also import password files from the in-built systems in the web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, but not Safari, which is personally quite annoying as a Mac user. It also allows you to export your passwords in PDF or text format, but you should be careful in this case and use an additional tool to keep your passwords protected and safe.

Password Boss too, like other password managers, uses an additional 2FA integrated with Google Authenticator in order to better protect your passwords.

The Password Boss manager also has the feature to auto-fill webforms and login credentials in web browsers. Upon visiting a website on which you have an account created, the Password Boss, automatically logs you in without any prompt.

But while this feature is quite helpful, it does have one potentially very annoying and inconvenient issue. If you have more than one account on an online platform, the Password Boss always logs you into the same account, and in case you log out in order to use another account, it once again automatically logs you into the same account.

The only way to bypass this is to disable auto-fill entirely, which is very inconvenient for many people and personally, I found this quite annoying.

I would recommend the Password Boss password manager to home users to be used for personal needs since it has quite a few features needed for password managers. The flaws are only quite nit-picky and might not be inconvenient to most users.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Easy import of data from other major password managers
  • Unlimited password storage and device synchronisation
  • Poor customer support
  • Stored passwords can’t be accessed online
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Autofill Webforms
  • Security dashboard that scores the strength and security of every password
  • Automated login to online accounts using saved credentials

8. Avira Password Manager

Password and login credentials stored in the Avira Password Manager

Image Source – avira.com

The Avira Password Manager, being a product of Avira, ensures to protect your passwords and credentials used on online platforms from malware. The software also has a feature that allows you to assign tags or names to these saved credentials to improve ease of use.

The one feature that I quite enjoy with this password manager is the ability to customise password policies in the password generator to your liking. You can change the rules for creating a new password, such as its length and character types used.

Additionally, the password manager can fully function within a given web browser, meaning that as a user, you don't need to download and install any additional software. This honestly makes the entire affair of downloading and installing the software obsolete and allows for better synchronisation across multiple devices.

However, something that I did not like in the Avira Password Manager is the lack of any feature to store financial information such as Credit/Debit card details. This is quite inconvenient if you regularly do online payments and shopping.

Since the few flaws in the software are quite non-problematic to most users, I would say Avira Password Manager is a fine password manager in the market for personal use. I wouldn’t recommend it to businesses due to the lack of a lot of functionalities and customizability.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Assesses all passwords and flags weak ones
  • Very clean and user-friendly interface
  • Password generator can be customised
  • Can’t store financial information such as credit/debit card details
  • It can't be used offline
  • No functionality of password sharing
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Can function entirely in the browser
  • Tags/Names for password and credentials
  • Import passwords in CSV format

9. Zoho Vault

The Team Dashboard with password scores in the Zoho Vault

Image Source – zoho.com

The Zoho Vault is a password manager with one of the most sophisticated password sharing functionalities that I have come across. From my experience, it is neither entirely for personal uses nor only for businesses and lies somewhere in between.

Like I mentioned before, what I found most interesting in a password manager is the sophisticated system of password sharing that it offers. Zoho allows sharing of passwords with other users who don't even use the same password manager. The password expires 30 minutes to 24 hours after the user has used it.

It also allows multi-layered filtering, time restriction on accesses, as well as one-click control to approve or revoke access to certain resources.

Zoho Vault additionally allows you to improve the password security in the whole system by specifying how often passwords need to be changed, which then automatically alerts you to change the password upon expiry.

As mentioned before, I would recommend you use this password manager for personal use as well as for businesses. The customisability is quite apt for businesses, while the ease of use is well suited for regular home users.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Password strength report for all passwords
  • Allows sharing and transferring logins amongst users in customised groups
  • Can define levels of access for users or groups to particular resources
  • It has browser extensions only for Chrome, Firefox and Safari
  • Does not allow importing passwords from web browsers or mobile phones
  • Can’t handle multi-page logins
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • User groups possible, each with their own access levels
  • Sophisticated password sharing system
  • Master password enabled and secured with PBKDF2 algorithm

10. Enpass

The Enpass User Interface

Image Source – enpass.io

Enpass is one of the most basic free password management tools out in the market and honestly is one of those that I don’t enjoy using a lot. However, I would recommend it to newbies who aren’t quite into advanced password manager features and just want the basic password management services.

But Enpass isn’t entirely bad and has a few redeeming features. The most important of these is the additional versions of Enpass available for portable devices such as USBs and smartwatches. Even so, I would rather have password sharing and automatic syncing over these two, close to useless features.

Speaking about synchronisation, the Enpass does not have any function that automatically synchronises data across platforms; this still has to be manual. But the silver lining is that it allows syncing with Google Drive and Dropbox, which are pretty much free services.

It has a few other features such as password strength analysis using a monitoring tool, 256-bit AES encryption for protecting passwords, master key protection etc.

Like I said before, I would recommend it to users who want simple and the most basic password management services and not to anyone looking for any form of exciting password protection features.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS and Linux
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Password strength analysis alerts users of weak passwords
  • No 2-factor authentication
  • Easy to organise items in the data vault section
  • Syncing across multiple platforms isn’t automated
  • Importing data from other sources isn’t as intuitive or easy as other password managers
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Versions for portable USB and smartwatch
  • Does allow synchronisation with cloud platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox
  • One-time payment for a lifetime subscription

11. LogMeOnce

Various credentials stored with the LogMeOnce password manager

Image Source – logmeonce.com

The LogMeOnce password manager is one of the most functional password managers on the list, with some of my most favourite features. It has the most number of features when compared to the others on the list.

It has most of the features of password managers discussed before in other password managers, so I don’t want to repeat them.

Firstly, LogMeOnce offers a passwordless authentication mechanism to access the passwords, which uses smartphone-based authentication to log you into the master account of the software.

Next, the “Single Sign-On” and “Single Sign-Out" feature that allows user to quickly sign-in and sign-out from multiple platforms just by doing so in the password manager itself. A sign-in to LogMeOnce automatically signs you into all stored logins and vice versa.

Last but definitely not least is the "Password Shock" feature that keeps your passwords safe and secure from malware and non-authorised users. The Password shock feature comes in 9 different levels of countermeasures against each unauthorised access.

With each attempt to "hack", the level of the Password shock goes up, along with the level of its annoyance. While the initial level only shows authentication failed messages, later levels flash the screen in morse code and even sounds sirens.

Personally, I would say everyone who obsesses over password security like I do should definitely go for this software. But it is a bit on the pricier side for the paid version, which has these exciting features. The free version only has limited functionalities.

The software would also be suitable for businesses but might be a bit over-dramatic with all the sirens and dramatic password shock levels.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Multiple options for 2FA
  • Ability to track stolen devices
  • “Single Sign-out” option available
  • Limited ability for auto-fill in web forms
  • 2FA options mostly require paid plan
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Password strength analysis and enhanced reporting capabilities
  • Customisable dashboard
  • “Password Shock” feature

12. Akeyless Vault

The Akeyless Vault user interface

Image Source – akeyless.io

Akeyless Vault is, rather than a password manager, a Secrets management tool that is primarily targeted at businesses and enterprise use. Akeyless Vault is a SaaS-based password manager that is built to secure DevOps credentials across cloud as well as legacy platforms.

It has a variety of features, such as automated PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) certificates, that ensure maximum security of all stored data and credentials. It can also auto-fill passwords in cloud platforms, websites as well as software applications.

However, one thing I found quite annoying to use was the password sharing functionality which felt quite clunky and non-user-friendly. Don't get me wrong, it works perfectly fine but could be made better.

Being primarily built for businesses, I wouldn't recommend it for personal use even though a free version exists. Even if you could afford it for personal uses, its functions are a bit too advanced for regular users and are more tailored to enterprise use.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS & Linux
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Advanced level encryption
  • Automate passwords across software applications and cloud platforms
  • Poor reporting and documentation
  • Password sharing is a bit clunky and non-user-friendly
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Static and Dynamic secrets management
  • Facility for automated PKI certificates
  • Quick and easy migration from other password managers

13. AuthPass

The AuthPass password manager running on multiple devices

Image Source – authpass.app

AuthPass is an open-source password manager available on GitHub for anyone to download for free.

For open-source software, AuthPass is very useful and functional. It has autofill support for most sorts of web forms and login pages while also allowing a user to copy & paste credentials directly into the software for storage.

It uses a master password to keep your passwords secure, which also has biometric integrations such as Fingerprint ID and Face ID. It also supports keyfile authentication in the software.

The software also allows integration with cloud platforms like Google Drive to store the user data on. This allows users to export data to other password managers quite easily.

I would say this is a basic password manager and can be used by regular users for personal use. Regarding enterprises and businesses, it is a big no for AuthPass due to its lack of important features.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Secured with a master password or keyfile
  • Copy and paste support
  • App content viewable through multitasking
  • Poor Autofill settings and doesn’t always work
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Open-source software available on GitHub
  • Cloud storage integration with Google Drive
  • Biometric security available

14. BastionPass

The BastionPass password manager user interface running on smartphones

Image Source – bastionpass.com

BastionPass is a cloud-based SaaS password manager tool that offers quite a few functionalities to protect your passwords and credentials.

The password manager has a single sign-on and sign-out feature but isn’t as good as the one offered by LogMeOnce. But at the end of the day, it does get the job done. It also supports biometrics enabled MFA to improve password security.

While the software isn’t the best in the market for businesses or enterprises, it is quite suitable for individuals and personal use.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
First 50 passwords free
Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • “Single Sign-in" and "Single Sign-out" options are available
  • Multi-factor Authentication
  • Password generator and synchronisation
  • Password sharing is not available
  • Limited functions in the free version
  • No option to save financial information
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Biometric login with 2FA
  • Single Sign-out to sign out of multiple accounts at once

15. StickyPassword

Accessing settings in the StickyPassword password manager

Image Source – stickypassword.com

StickyPassword is a password manager that approaches cross platform synchronisation from a new angle. It has almost all the features offered by the competitors in the market plus a few of its own unique ones.

It uniquely supports Wi-Fi synchronisation, which means that when all your different devices are connected to your Wi-Fi, they will all synchronise the stored data over the network without ever using the software server.

This is a very security-based feature available on StickyPassword that is aimed and better protecting your passwords.

Furthermore, StickyPassword also supports master unlock through biometrics and through additional USB or Bluetooth devices. Such devices simply need to be detected by the system, which can then authorise a user to access the data stored in the password manager.

In short, I found that StickyPassword, while too advanced for regular users and too lacking for businesses, is perfectly suited for tech-savvy individuals (or nerds) like myself.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free with a 30-day trial of Premium
Windows, macOS, Android and iOS
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Supports storage of application passwords
  • Secure Wi-Fi sync without cloud integration
  • Option to dictate how data is shared between devices
  • No checking for compromised credentials
  • User Interface is a bit old-fashioned
  • Password capture and autofill is quite buggy
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Master password not stored on a central server
  • Wi-Fi sync synchronises devices directly
  • USB and Bluetooth device authorisation also supported

16. Kaspersky Password Manager

Credentials as stored in the Kaspersky Password Manager

Image Source – kaspersky.com

Kaspersky, a security software maker, is a recent addition to the field of password managers and to be completely honest, it does show.

The software has quite decent offerings, such as a permanently free version and powerful document scanning tools. Kaspersky even has a secure storage feature for documents and images to keep sensitive information safe.

However, I still don’t very much enjoy using the software due to the fact that it lacks dozens of important features offered by other password managers. It has no options to securely share passwords with other users.

It does not have a lot of options to import data from other sources, which makes switching to Kaspersky from another password manager is highly time consuming and inconvenient.

Lastly, while Kaspersky Password Manager does have browser support, the plugins for the browser have very poor performance and are almost useless.

It does, however, have 2-factor authentication as well as the capability to save payment information which is kind of a saving grace for the password manager.

I would recommend you use this software only if you don’t like any others on this list.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
Free
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Secure storage for image documents
  • Store applications passwords and secure notes
  • Poor import options for data
  • No secure sharing is available for credentials
  • Inefficient browser plugins
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • 2FA available
  • Auto-fill for login credentials and financial information

17. One Identity

Password management policy page on One Identity password manager

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One identity is a password management system that helps an organisation establish a security process in an identity-centric manner. It allows mitigation of risks, secure data, as well as manage compliance.

It offers almost all functionalities of any other password manager along with more than a few advanced features for enterprise use and for businesses.

One of the quite interesting features offered by the software is the feature to define custom synchronisation for all data. The software has a Synchronisation Editor that allows the user to define what data needs to synchronise when with the system.

While One identity isn't a password manager I'd recommend for personal use for individuals, it is quite a better than average password manager for businesses and enterprise environment.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
30-day free trial
Windows, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Define custom synchronisation
  • Very user-friendly and supports mobile devices
  • Synchronisation takes too long
  • Complicated initial setup and takes a long time to setup
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Synchronisation Editor allows giving custom definition to what needs to be synchronised and when

18. Thycotic Secret Server

Thycotic Secret Server credentials saved

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The Thycotic Secret Server is designed to manage passwords and privilege levels amongst various users of a system. It is used for making Privileged Account Management (PAM) easy to implement and simple.

The most interesting feature of the software is the availability of personal passwords for all users which means, each user has their own folder to store secure credentials and passwords. Users can also tag passwords as their favourite and also add custom notes to them for reference.

Being a software for corporate settings, the software also helps maintain compliance with pre-defined policies. The software also sends real-time alerts to users that reminds them to change passwords in regular intervals. While it is very useful to improve security, it can sometimes be quite annoying.

The Thycotic Secret Server is most suitable for businesses and enterprise applications and is simply not very useful for regular users for personal use.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
30-day free trial
Windows
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Organise password and credentials in groups with a notes field
  • Each user has their own passwords folder
  • Passwords stored locally in SQL database
  • Tag passwords as favourite
  • Poor password sharing functionality
  • Reminders are pretty annoying and repetitive
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Enhanced password assessment and reporting
  • Automated password changing for accounts in the network
  • Helps maintain compliance

19. Intuitive Password

Credentials stored on Intuitive Password

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The Intuitive Password software is a reliable password manager with a variety of features and functionalities to keep your passwords safe from malware and malicious access from unauthorised users.

Prominent among the available functions is the built-in Security Dashboard that performs quite a lot of assessment of passwords. It can notify you if the password you use is too weak and remind you to update your passwords at set expiry dates.

It even offers a single master password as a 6-digit PIN and does not require you to always enter your email address and password to log in to the system. This also allows single sign-on and sign-out functionalities to be supported, which quite frankly is very good have in a password manager.

Additionally, Intuitive Password also has features like 2-factor authentication, anti-phishing protection and synchronisation with third party cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive etc.

However, Intuitive Password isn’t without a few flaws. Mainly, I found that the autofill system in the software doesn’t always work well and can’t fill personal data into web forms. Secondly, the software can’t capture new passwords created during the registration process on a website, even with an active plugin for the software.

This tool would be quite well suited for basic users who aren't very knowledgeable about tech or password managers and simply want software that can manage and protect their passwords.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
$2/month
Android, iOS, Chrome and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Good browser integration and platform-independent
  • Allows storage of personal data besides passwords
  • Share passwords with user groups
  • Autofill for webforms is not consistent
  • Can’t autofill personal data in web forms
  • Can’t auto-capture passwords
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Synchronise with third-party cloud platforms such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox etc
  • Security dashboard to assess the strength of a password
  • Quicker login with a 6-digit PIN
  • Folder based organisation

20. Keeper

Password stored on Keeper Password Manager

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Keeper is a high-security password manager with 256-bit AES encryption, zero-knowledge architecture and a large selection of multi-factor authentication protocols. It even has support for biometric security such as Face ID and Fingerprint ID using.

The best feature of Keeper which I enjoyed the most is KeeperChat, the secure messaging app offered by Keeper. The app allows message deletion, self-destruction and also has a secure private gallery for private images and videos, which are encrypted as well.

It also examines all passwords used to test their strength and alerts you accordingly if your password is too weak and non-secure. Keeper has an additional feature beyond this which stores the password history for all accounts used by the user to ensure non-repetition of passwords.

Finally, the Keeper has much larger cloud storage available than its competitors; while Dashlane has 1GB cloud storage, the Keeper has 10GB upgradeable up to 50GB.

Unfortunately, most of these features are restricted to the paid version, with the free version of Keeper being very limited.

However, due to its price being quite affordable, I would recommend you use Keeper if you are very bothered about protecting passwords and want a highly functional password manager. Keeper has enough functions to be used by enterprises and businesses as well.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
30-day free trial
£2.49/month ($3.44/month)
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Allows secure file storage and messaging
  • Saves the full password history
  • Well-designed browser plugins
  • Very limited free version
  • Webform filling isn't very vast
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Secure messaging service available called KeeperChat
  • Encrypted cloud storage
  • Monitors compromised password databases for user logins
  • Multi-factor Authentication

21. 1Password

Account details stored on 1Password password manager

Image Source – 1password.com

1Password is a powerful password manager that has better than good features to protect your passwords. It has one of the best password organisation systems that I have come across at its price range.

The 1Password software has two main features that caught my eye, and I found them pretty good personally.

First of these is the in-built ‘Travel Mode', something that keeps your passwords secure and safe even while you're away. This feature is especially useful in portable devices like smartphones if in case you lose or misplace them. Even if you lose your smartphone, this feature ensures that your data isn't accessed by unauthorised users.

Secondly, the 1Password system has a security dashboard known as Watchtower that all tools and reports are used for security and to protect your passwords. This dashboard also has the additional functionality of scanning leaked/compromised password databases in the dark web for user credentials.

Since it isn’t very expensive and can be used easily, I would say this is quite a good password manager for individuals and personal use. It can also be used effectively by small businesses as well due to its few advanced functions.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
14-day free trial
$2.99/month
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Intuitive password organisation
  • Simple management of 2FA
  • Easy to add new devices for synchronisation
  • Limited options for import
  • Lacks password inheritance
  • Password sharing is limited to paid plans
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Watchtower dark web scanner
  • Travel Mode to hide sensitive data
  • Biometric Face ID and Fingerprint ID supported

22. TeamPassword

TeamPassword chrome plugin for autofill password & payment infromation

Image Source – teampassword.com

TeamPassword is a full-fledged password management utility that can be deployed for large teams to protect your passwords and manage levels of privilege among the users in the system.

The software does allow to define access levels to different users; an additional feature that I found quite interesting was that end-user could create their own password and define the access to it themselves without any other help.

The software also allows the creation of custom groups for users, each of which can define a different level of access and privileges.

Lastly, the TeamPassword software also supports “single Sign-on” and “single Sign-out" functionality, which is something that I quite look forward to in a password manager. This feature lets you log in or log out of multiple accounts with much more ease using a single password.

Personally, I would recommend the TeamPassword password manager to anyone looking for the personal use of password managers and even for small businesses. However, I would not recommend this to larger businesses for the sole reason that it lacks any enterprise level functionality.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
14-day free trial
$15/month
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Very functional and user-friendly browser plugins
  • Quick and efficient synchronisation across users
  • Only website credentials supported
  • Adding new users is quite complicated
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Single Sign-on and Sign-out supported
  • Ability to create custom groups of users
  • Restrict access control for specific groups and users

23. Norton Password Manager

Security dashboard on the Norton Password Manager

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The Norton Password Manager is a web-based tool that is well-tailored for basic password management requirements. Even though it offers a desktop application for multiple devices, it is much easier to use and more user-friendly than the browser plugin.

It also uses the 256-bit AES encryption standard to keep your passwords protected and safe from malware and unauthorised access. The tool also analyses every password to determine its strength and flags weak passwords.

However, something that I found very annoying and irritable with the password manager is the fact that it has quite low security for software released by one of the leading Antivirus producers.

Not to say that it has poor security or that it can be hacked easily, but generally, it has a lower number of security features than many other tools in the market. Even the security dashboard available in the Norton Password Manager is in its beta stage and is not yet fully developed.

The bottom line is, it is still a pretty good password manager that can be used for personal uses by individuals. I would definitely not recommend it for businesses, whether small scale or large scale.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
$19.99/year
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome and Firefox
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Password strength assessment
  • Industry-standard encryption protocols
  • Offline access
  • Works well with other Norton products for security
  • No password sharing functionality
  • The password generator is quite average
  • Not the most secure password manager
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Offline password manager makes access to passwords easier
  • Good integration with other Norton security products

24. CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault

The CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault user details

Image Source – cyberark.com

CyberArk is yet another enterprise level password management tool that works as an identity management system to manage privilege levels for all users in the system. It takes a risk-based approach while dealing with the credentials and sessions of each user.

The CyberArk Vault is quite good with its ability to segregate users and passwords based on their privilege. It can manage different levels of access and privilege across the organisation.

As far as deployment goes, CyberArk Vault is very easy to deploy and can be deployed as a cloud solution or on-premises. The software also comes with detailed and graphics rich documentation that helps users understand and use the software with ease.

One interesting feature is the ability of the CyberArk vault to generate one-time passwords for admin use that expire after use. The passwords can also be controlled using various internal password policies and compliance regulations.

CyberArk Vault also has most of the other features of password managers such as synchronisation, Biometric authentication, compliance management etc. I just didn’t mention them here since they are quite normal and not exciting features for enterprise level tools to have.

The software, obviously, is better suited for businesses or enterprises, and I would definitely not recommend it to individuals for personal uses. Not because it is expensive, which it is, but only because it has no use in personal settings due to the overly advanced feature set.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
30-day trial
$220/user
Windows, macOS, Chrome, and other browsers
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Password segregation with Role-Based Access Control
  • On-premise or cloud-based integration
  • Biometric authentication
  • Quite expensive
  • Steep learning curve for regular users
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Includes CyberArk Vault and CyberArk Adaptive
  • Biometric Authentication with CyberArk Alero
  • Very well suited for compliance requirements

25. BeyondTrust Privileged Identity

BeyondTrust Privileged Identity software adding new identity

Image Source – beyondtrust.com

BeyondTrust Privileged Identity is an enterprise level password manager that offers quite a lot of functionality to protect your passwords. It is also a Privileged Identity Management system that can manage privileges and access control at various user levels.

The BeyondTrust system also offers continuous training to its users to improve their awareness about password security as well as educate them on how to use the tool effectively.

One feature that I found very useful was the ability to record user sessions. This means that the whole session of the user using this tool for whatever purpose is recorded for later reference in case of any data breach or damage.

One thing that I didn’t like very much while using the BeyondTrust software is that it doesn’t allow you to set individual policies for particular users, and all changes are global. Also, in case there are any updates or patches that need to be installed, the whole software has to be temporarily downed and cannot be used until the patch or update has been installed.

At the end of the day, BeyondTrust Privileged Identity software is made for businesses and enterprise use. With the close to $300/month price, it is not affordable, and neither are the advanced functions much useful for personal use.


$$$ PRICE
PLATFORM
$299/year
Windows
+++ PROS
--- CONS
  • Manage data and accounts locally
  • Shared password list for static credentials
  • Continuous training and regular updates
  • Most settings are global and can’t be changed for each group of users
  • The system needs to be down during update and patching processes
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Management of privileges and access control
  • Record user sessions while using the password manager
  • Privileged Identity Management (PAM)


Conclusion

In this article, we looked at the concept of password security and how you can improve the security of your passwords by yourself. We finally wound up looking at some of the best password managers available in the market currently.

As technology improves, the value of information will also improve, which will need to be secured using strong passwords. For this reason, every information security system (even your personal computers) should mark password security as its primary concern. The need for password security will only rise in the future, and any leak or damage of these passwords can potentially create a lot of damage and losses.

If you enjoyed reading this article or have any different opinions, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Author
Rakesh Naik
Freelance Cyber Security Analyst and Writer practicing in Infosec Assessment.

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