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Here’s the catch with passwords: the easier they are for you to remember, the easier they are for someone to crack. Maybe you have a handful of unbreakable passwords 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember If your passwords are not unique and unbreakable, you might as well open the front door and invite the robbers in for lunch. Read More that you’ve memorized, but the human brain can only hold so much before these passwords become cumbersome.

For example, one of our writers counted almost 150 unique passwords in her password manager. Can you keep that many passwords in memory? Probably not, especially if those passwords are lengthy and secure 7 Ways To Make Up Passwords That Are Both Secure & Memorable 7 Ways To Make Up Passwords That Are Both Secure & Memorable Having a different password for each service is a must in today's online world, but there's a terrible weakness to randomly generated passwords: it's impossible to remember them all. But how can you possibly remember... Read More .

That’s why you need a password manager Password Management Guide Password Management Guide Don't feel overwhelmed by passwords, or simply use the same one on every site just so you'll remember them: design your own password management strategy. Read More if you aren’t already using one — and with mobile Web browsing rates on the rise, it has never been more important to have a password manager on your mobile device. Don’t skip over these apps. They’ll keep your accounts secure and make your life easier.

LastPass (Free Trial, $12/Year)

LastPass is one of the most well-known password managers out 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you're like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them... Read More there, consistently topping the charts and winning awards. It’s been around for years and, despite a few bumps here and there, has clung to its crown for most of that time.

Here’s how it works: all of your passwords are encrypted and stored on LastPass servers. All you have to do is memorize a master password. Knowing this password grants you access to all of your other passwords. Sounds simple enough, right?

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When logging into apps and websites, LastPass will remember your credentials and auto-fill the next time you need to log in. The built-in Security Challenge feature will gauge the strength of your passwords and the Secure Notes feature allows you to store sensitive data like credit card numbers.

One main selling point is that LastPass is truly cross-platform. Not only do they provide extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer, but they provide desktop apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux as well as mobile apps on Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. One set of passwords, accessible anywhere.

Though LastPass is free for desktops and browsers, the mobile apps are only compatible if you have LastPass Premium, which costs $12 per year. Premium features include the ability to share notes and logins with trusted people and a few advanced authentication options.

KeePass2Android (Free)

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KeePass is one of the most popular open source password managers 4 Open Source Password Managers To Keep Your Passwords Safe 4 Open Source Password Managers To Keep Your Passwords Safe Even if you’re accustomed to your beloved and convenient commercial password manager, it’s probably not a bad idea to try other ultra secure applications that offer some of the same features and risk less at... Read More currently available, making it a big competitor to the above-mentioned LastPass. While it doesn’t have the sheer numbers to match the popularity of LastPass, the fact that KeePass is open source is a huge selling point.

After all, if you’re going to trust a service with all of your important passwords, wouldn’t you want assurance that they aren’t tampering with that information? Wouldn’t you want proof that the app is doing exactly what it claims to be doing?

You can’t get this kind of guarantee with proprietary software, but the open source philosophy What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains] "Open source" is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. You may know that certain things are open source, like Linux and Android, but do you know what it entails? What is open... Read More allows you to peek at the code and see what’s happening under the hood (assuming you have the expertise to read said code).

KeePass2Android is one of several third-party apps that can read and write in the format used by KeePass. KeePass databases can be synchronized with cloud storage (e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive) and, like LastPass, all you need is a single master password.

This app has a built-in password generator with various options as well as a “soft keyboard” that allows you to enter passwords without worrying that your credentials might be intercepted by password sniffing malware.

Dashlane (Free, $40/Year)

As its name implies, Dashlane makes your life simpler and faster by letting you forget about security — one tap is all it takes to log into websites or enter your credit card details. Yup, this app is a combined password manager and secure wallet.

Dashlane’s security is serious too. All data and communication is encrypted with AES-256 and the app auto-locks after inactivity. It comes with a password generator, and if the service detects a security breach, it will alert you about it.

Your data can be saved local-only or backed up to Dashlane’s cloud. It’s up to you.

What I like most about Dashlane is its clean and modern interface. Call me a sucker for good aesthetics, but I find it much easier to navigate than some of its competitors, and this is on top of the great feature set — which, all in all, makes Dashlane a fantastic option.

Dashlane is the most expensive app on this list, but it doesn’t have to be. The premium subscription, which costs $40 per year, provides secure account backups, cross-device synchronization, and Web access to your passwords. All other features are available in the free version, and that’s likely enough for most of us.

mSecure ($10)

mSecure is a cross-platform solution that works on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and most recently, Windows Phone. It’s packed full of nifty features, making it surprisingly popular for an app that has no free trial or Lite version.

This app remembers your credentials for apps and websites and makes it easy to one-tap login the next time around.

Like Dashlane, mSecure is more than just a password manager; it’s a data protector. Passwords, account names, credit card numbers — they’re all locked under AES-256 encryption and automatically backed up (to email, SD card, or cloud storage).

In the event that someone steals your Android 4 Android Anti-Theft Solutions Compared: Which Is The Best? 4 Android Anti-Theft Solutions Compared: Which Is The Best? Anti-theft apps like Lookout, Cerberus, Prey, and Android Lost offer a wide range of options for finding or protecting your device: GPS location, sounding an alarm, locking the phone, wiping the data completely, and more.... Read More  device, mSecure provides a self-destruct feature that wipes data when it detects unauthorized tampering.

The one big bummer about mSecure is its upfront cost. The price tag isn’t bad, but the lack of a free trial makes it an apprehensive purchase. Lots of people love this app, but will you? You won’t know until you buy it. Long term, however, its a better deal than Dashlane.

1Password (Free Trial, $5)

1Password has many of the same features as Dashlane and mSecure: password and credit card memory, a single master password, one-tap login to apps and websites, AES-256 encryption, and device auto-lock after inactivity.

1Password also syncs across multiple other devices, including Windows, Mac, and iOS. The free trial is a 30-day pass that let’s you use 1Password to its fullest. When the trial ends, you must upgrade for $5. Other devices have their own licenses that you must purchase (e.g. $50 for a Windows license).

All in all, 1Password is on the same level as Dashlane and mSecure, but much cheaper and even available to try for an entire month before you decide whether you want to commit. The interface is beautiful and the features are solid. Definitely can’t go wrong with this one.

Which One Should You Use? Any!

Password managers are everywhere these days — even your Web browser has a built-in password manager feature Which Browser Has The Better Password Manager? Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer Which Browser Has The Better Password Manager? Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer Although there are a variety of dedicated password management tools, every modern browser has its own built-in password manager. But just how good are the built-in password managers? We'll look at how each popular browser's... Read More — and it’s about time that we embrace it. Strong passwords are crucial because bad passwords are surprisingly easy to crack The 5 Most Common Tactics Used To Hack Passwords The 5 Most Common Tactics Used To Hack Passwords When you think of a serious security threat, you may think of some clever malicious program that steals your data or takes over computer. In reality, you’re just as (if not more) likely to be... Read More , and don’t forget to use encryption How Does Encryption Work, and Is It Really Safe? How Does Encryption Work, and Is It Really Safe? Read More whenever possible.

Maybe one day we’ll move past passwords for security Why Usernames & Passwords Are A Thing Of The Past, And How To Cope With This Why Usernames & Passwords Are A Thing Of The Past, And How To Cope With This With every other hacked database and credit card scandal that occurs, it becomes more evident that we can't rely on passwords for much longer. But if not passwords, what else is there? Read More , but until that day comes, these manager tools will enable you to stay safe without any of the hassle. Pick whichever one you like best. As long as you’re using something, you’ll be good to go.

Which password manager do you prefer? If you aren’t using one, why not? What would convince you to try? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

  1. James Elford
    August 10, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    You failed to mention that 1Password also works on iOS and Android

    • Joel Lee
      August 14, 2015 at 4:16 am

      Thanks James. There is a sentence that says 1Password works on Windows, Mac, and iOS (and this article is about Android).

  2. brimosher
    July 31, 2015 at 6:12 am

    So I used lastpass for a little while, but they got hacked recently... this site seems to never have anything to say about them, but that's a SERIOUS negative. Does anyone know if you can easily trasnfer info from lastpass to keepass? I should have just known to go with open-source from the beginning! *facepalm *

  3. Steve Osterday
    July 31, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I'm surprised you missed another mainstream password manager, RoboForm. I started out with it and used it for a long time. For the price, I ultimately switched to LastPass. LP seemed simpler, but maybe that was just me. I used both of them for a couple of years.

    • Joel Lee
      August 14, 2015 at 4:18 am

      Thanks Steve. I checked it out and RoboForm seems like an interesting option!

  4. Coby Heise
    July 31, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I use one that is considered "up and coming," and that was built by a team of former Google-employed security experts. Although I can't yet vouch for it's effectiveness on Android, it is terrific on a windows PC (via a Firefox addon). It's called Blur and is made by a company called Abine. I don't have any experience with any other pw managers, so I can't compare it to the competition, but I've found it quite useful and easy to use while also being robust and fully-featured. http://www.abine.com

    • Joel Lee
      August 14, 2015 at 4:19 am

      Thanks for the heads up, Coby. Being backed by former Google security experts makes it worth keeping an eye on, for sure.

  5. Alan Trinder
    July 31, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I have used last pass for ages but it can not be used with Edge yet and unless they have changed the android app you had to open a page via last pass it did not auto populate. Has that changed?

  6. Mary McGuinness
    July 31, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I was using a password "Safe" and a password generator. When my laptop crashed, I lost all the passwords it had generated and the ones I had stored were open on the desktop

  7. Chester Friesen
    July 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I use Keeper, excellent product. I use the paid version, I can use it from ANY device, phone, tablet or web.

    • Joel Lee
      August 14, 2015 at 4:20 am

      Haven't heard of it but I'll look into that one. Thanks Chester! Seems like there's no free version (only a trial) so that's a bit of a bummer.

  8. rich lewis
    July 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I've been using LastPass for about 3 years. Hands down the most convenient way to use the internet. I use it on my laptop, tablets and PC's. Stupid not to use a password manager for security reasons. Most of the people I know use the same simple password for every website. With LastPass you can generate very secure passwords and then it saves it for you. All you have to remember is the one master password for login. Simple but effective.

  9. Alex Anderson
    July 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    These tools are great by I still don't understand: why to store anything anywhere? There is a well-known method: just use some reliable KDF to build as many passwords as you need from the same master-password. A lot of free tools work this way. I've even made my own simple one - it accepts a gesture (much more memorable) as well as a master-password. If you're lazy and a paranoid to some extent (as I am) - try it. Look for “Cockatoo” among browsers’ add-ons/extensions - it’s free.

  10. Enrique Barraza
    July 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Why did you leave out Keeper? It has most of the advanced features, including AES encryption.

  11. Luiz Dias
    July 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I tried all the free versions. I think Safeincloud is the best one, it is cheap and you have to pay just once.

  12. Slashee the Cow
    July 17, 2015 at 1:43 am

    I use KeePassDroid on Android, synced with Dropsync.

  13. Marcus Denning
    July 16, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    http://www.Keepass.info is simply the best, period. One password access is so blazenly bland. A key-file encryption can also be created and used with the password; if both are not correct, then the database is not opening. It needs to be added here that the master password is the key to a complete database encrypted with AES 256bit Rijndael encryption. I put the key-file on the phone and the dB on the external in case wiping the phone is necessary. There are so many other security options and functions and settings that one comment would not be enough to make one fully appreciate just how robust, secure, and awesome the KeePass program really is.

  14. Scott Mathison
    July 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I have tried most of these out, most recently LastPass, but I still find Safe In Cloud to have the best overall balance. LastPass just got hit too, so that didn't help. I prefer using Google (who had far more experience protecting against attacks) than LastPass.

  15. Mark Ferguson
    July 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I like Safe In Cloud. It's a one time buy and I get to choose where to keep the data file. Only downside is there is a Chrome extension, but it only works on Windows...if you have the Windows version installed. I have Chromebook and the Safe In Cloud is useless. But I have it on my phone so I am able to get logged into pretty much anywhere, albeit, manually. I also like that it is flexible and easy to use and set up for whatever you want to make an entry for.

  16. Peter Enzer
    July 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I am surprised you don't mention Roboform. I have used it for the last 10 years. It started for desktops and is now multifunctional and cross platforms

    • SA Ohanzee Jones
      July 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      I've also used Roboform for many years. I just found out that it's half-off for students! $20 a year is fine, but $10 is better. :)

      I'm a huge fan.

  17. Kathy Kinsey
    July 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I use LastPass on my laptop & LOVE it! It auto logs me into almost all sites I frequent. There are a few that have 2-pg log-in requirements, but if I forget those passwords I can just click on LastPass' icon on my browser, enter my main pw, & view the pw for the site in question.
    Unfortunately, though it's free on my laptop, LastPass charges for Android use. I just began using Dashlane on my Galaxy s5 so can't comment other than to say I do like having the option of choosing someone (my daughter) to receive an email with the info that allows them to access my acts should I become incapacitated. Since I'm disabled & raising a mentally HC child, it's important to me that someone is able to access my bank acct in particular in such an event in order to care for my child's needs.

  18. Read and Share
    July 16, 2015 at 2:58 am

    As of now, I use Lastpass for desktop -- plus a password-protected spreadsheet that serves as backup and for Android use. I like Lasstpass (desktop) because its auto input works flawlessly with my Chrome browser.

    But in Android, it seems no manager can yet integrate with any browser -- so my spreadsheet works well enough as any.

  19. Christopher HasARightToPrivacy
    July 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    What's wrong with the built-in one in Firefox? It's free, secure (when encrypted) and resides where it belongs: in the browser on your computer. I think that's much better than any of those stupid SaaS apps listed.

    • Read and Share
      July 16, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Browsers sometimes refuse to remember certain sites -- and won't allow manual entry in those cases. Very, very annoying.

      • Christopher HasARightToPrivacy
        July 17, 2015 at 6:08 am

        It's both the browser's fault and the web developer's fault. The web developer is telling the web browser not to save / auto-fill the username and password fields. I believe that putting that power into the hands of anybody but the end user is a security flaw.

        The only way to have secure passwords is to make them so complex that they can't be remembered. This requires the use of a password manager and some browsers are letting someone else decide how I fill my forms. I have to use an add-on in Firefox to circumvent this security flaw but now it remembers most of them.

  20. Steve Mistwalker
    July 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I've been using 'Keeper' for a couple of years now and it works great.

  21. John Phillips
    July 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I will say it AGAIN because you seem to miss it (3rd time so far) every time you do these PW Manager eval/recommendations.

    KEEPER Password Manager. Puts all of the above to shame.

    Multi-factor authentication (includes support for Android Gear)
    Keeper Fastfill(tm) for instant access to your login IDs and passwords directly from the keyboard of your device
    Secure File storage (optional)
    Seamlessly sync across devices (Android, iOS, Mac, Windows)
    [Quote]Keeper is a zero-knowledge provider. Only YOU can decrypt and view your stored content.[End Quote]
    https://keepersecurity.com/security.html

    Offers both Corporate and Personal solutions.

    And NO, I do not work for the company or get any compensation etc. Its just a great tool and I do not understand why you keep bypassing it in these supposedly unbiased reviews (recommendations).

  22. Alexandre Rodrigues
    July 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    aWallet

  23. hildyblog
    July 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    KeePass.

    Truly free and open source (ditto on other platforms). Holds any information you want, not just passwords. No need for an account with a third party - you can sync by storing your fully encrypted file in your Dropbox folder.

    • Read and Share
      July 16, 2015 at 2:55 am

      I've tried to use Keepass but it seems to fail on many sites -- and Keepass' instructions page sucks. Do you (or anyone here) know of good "how to" websites -- not just to cover the basics -- but also focusing on Keepass "tips and tricks" to tackle stubborn site log in's?

  24. Jeff Brown
    July 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    LastPass

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