The Best Password Saving Apps
One of the very first steps in ensuring your cyber security is to make certain that you’re using a strong password on any and all services that may contain or utilize personal information. You should also follow other password health guidelines, such as not using the same password for all of your services, including a capital letter and “special character,” and making sure your password doesn’t include identifying information such as your name or birth date.
Given the amount of services that the average person logs into every day, as well as those that are logged into only occasionally, and the fact that each of those passwords should – in theory – be different and basically a jumble of random letters and symbols, remembering the passwords can become quite the task. (For some of us, our chosen method of password management involves becoming finely attuned to the location of the “Forgot Password” button on every website we visit.) That’s where password manager apps come in. These apps allow you to store passwords to a variety of different services on your phone or via a desktop program, sync it to the cloud, access your information across a variety of devices, and protect it all with one master password. And there are quite a few to choose from.
From the plethora of options available, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 3 contenders. Each of these apps comes in at a different price point, with different features and segments.
This piece of software happens to be the one that we here at TSI use and recommend to our clients, as it has both Personal and Enterprise level plans. All of the information kept within Keeper is encrypted and completely inaccessible to anyone from “the outside world,” including Keeper employees. They are also “the most certified, tested, and audited password management and digital vault in the industry.”
All of that security comes at a price, however. After a free 30 day trial, plans begin at $9.99 per year for one device and no secure file storage and climb as high as $779.98 for unlimited device syncing and 1TB of storage. You can choose between 1, 2, or unlimited devices to sync, with storage options ranging from 10GB to 1TB at varying price points. The number of devices and amount of storage dictate the price.
This particular app is a crowd favorite, offering a free download for 1 device – including mobile devices – for your password keeping needs. If you’re interested in syncing across devices, you can purchase LastPass Premium for $12 per year.
The Premium also includes some pretty great features such as the option to generate passwords that are more secure for each entry, and to run reports that show you how secure your passwords are, and what type of progress you’re making when it comes to making those passwords more secure.
If you’re looking for a free app and don’t mind not being able to sync it across your devices, this is the app for you. If you’re looking for an app that allows you to sync your information across various devices and platforms this app is also for you. You can purchase a license for 1Password (for either PC or Mac – or buy a bundled license) for a one-time fee. These prices begin at $49.99 for a single operating system license, or $69.99 for the Mac and Windows bundle. You can also purchase a Knox license, which is 1Password’s file storing software, for $34.99.
1Password is a pretty simple and straight forward app. Your usernames, passwords, and log-in URLs are all hidden behind a master password so that only you are able to access them. There aren’t a ton of bells and whistles – especially with the free version; this app is simply one that does exactly what it says it will.