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Passwords can be one of the most frustrating parts of using modern technology. Assuming you follow basic online security principles 8 Tips for Online Safety Used by Security Experts 8 Tips for Online Safety Used by Security Experts Want to stay safe online? Then forget everything you think you know about passwords, antivirus and online security because it's time to be retrained. Here's what the experts actually do. Read More and have unique passwords How to Generate Strong Passwords That Match Your Personality How to Generate Strong Passwords That Match Your Personality Without a strong password you could quickly find yourself on the receiving end of a cyber-crime. One way to create a memorable password could be to match it to your personality. Read More for every account, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all.

The easiest solution to this problem is to use a password manager on your phone or tablet. These apps store all of your passwords and sensitive information behind a master password, keeping them easily accessible but secure at the same time.

Unfortunately, iOS devices don’t come pre-loaded with a password management system that plays nicely with all platforms. If iCloud Keychain isn’t what you are looking for, then one of the other apps in this list might be a better option!

If you’re still a little foggy on why passwords need to be secure, what different types of encryption mean, or other password essentials, I highly recommend starting with Chris’ article on everything you need to know about passwords Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Passwords are important and most people don't know enough about them. How do you choose a strong password, use a unique password everywhere, and remember them all? How do you secure your accounts? How do... Read More  and our password management guide 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 .

iCloud Keychain

Before you start downloading apps, it’s important to know the capabilities that your iPad or iPhone already has. The iCloud Keychain can (with permission) automatically store all of your Safari usernames and passwords, credit card information, and  WiFi network information and share them between authorized devices. Supported devices are of course Apple devices (including Macs running OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later), and iCloud Keychain doesn’t extend to Windows or Linux operating systems.

For many users, this kind of password storage will be enough – it’s easy, it uses industry standard encryption, and it does everything automatically. If you want to change your iCloud keychain settings, they can be accessed under Settings > iCloud. Read more about what iCloud Keychain is, why you might want it and how to use it iCloud Keychain: Why You Want It & How To Use It iCloud Keychain: Why You Want It & How To Use It iCloud Keychain is a secure password manager for both OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad. Use it to quickly and easily log into websites, Wi-Fi networks, Internet accounts, and more. Read More .

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With that being said, if you’re looking for a password management strategy that goes beyond these features then one of these seven apps might be a better choice for you.

Last Pass

Cost: Free, $12/year for LastPass Premium, or $24/User/Year for LastPass Enterprise (intended for team use)

Best Features: All of your passwords are securely contained behind a single master password, and can be auto-filled into your online accounts across browsers. Passwords are easy to save, search, and can be organized into folders.  You can also use LastPass Free to create secure notes and generate new, secure 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 .

Security: AES-256 bit encryption and salted hashing.

Cons: A premium subscription is required to access syncing across devices, a family folder, and priority tech support. So while LastPass is technically “free” on iOS, it’s not really worth it unless you pay LastPass Is Now Free on Phones, But There's a Catch LastPass Is Now Free on Phones, But There's a Catch Password management app LastPass has some carefully worded good news: "Now you can get started on your phone, free!" Read More .


Cost: Free, or $13.99 for Pro Features

Best Features: The basic 1Password app is one of the only free password management options that allows you to sync your vault across devices and share your information across a team of authorized people using end-to-end encryption. You can also store usernames, passwords, credit card information, and notes in plain text, mark items as favorites, and generate new secure passwords.

Security: AES 256-bit encryption, a Touch ID option, and automatic locking to protect your information even if your device is stolen.

Cons:  A Pro subscription is required to access other categories (including bank accounts and passports), multiple vaults, Apple Watch How the watchOS 2.0 Update Will Make Your Apple Watch Even Better How the watchOS 2.0 Update Will Make Your Apple Watch Even Better Your wrist is about to get a few new features as Apple is set to release the next major update to the watchOS software that powers the Apple Watch in the Fall. Read More compatibility, and organization options like folders and tags.



Cost: Free for mobile app, pro license required on desktop or laptop if you store over 10 passwords ($9.95 for the first year, $19.95/year afterwards)

Best Features: Roboform has been a trusted password management system for many years. The free version can be used across devices and synced with your desktop or laptop, fill web forms with a single click, generate secure passwords, and automatically log in to your web accounts. Your Master Password can be input with either a PIN or through touch authentication.

Security: AES encryption, BlowFish, RC6, or 3DES algorithms with an encryption key generated from your master password.

Cons: No secure password sharing, form fill doesn’t work with smartphone apps


Cost: $4.99

Best Features: oneSafe makes it easy to sort, edit, browse, and sync your categories across devices. Information can be synced via iCloud, Dropbox, or manually, and can be backed up via email, iTunes or Wi-Fi. Secure sharing is available, and OneSafe can also be used for Documents, bank account details, and private photos and/or videos. This app is also more user-friendly and visually appealing than many of the other options available.

Security: AES-256 encryption algorithms. The master password can be a PIN, alphanumeric, pattern, combination lock, or TRI-PIN (combining numbers, colors, and symbols for increased security).

Cons: There are currently no browser extensions available and oneSafe is one of the “new kids on the block” when it comes to password managers.


Cost: Free

Best Features: If you aren’t familiar with KeePass, this article KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] Securely store your passwords. Complete with encryption and a decent password generator – not to mention plugins for Chrome and Firefox – KeePass just might be the best password management system out there. If you... Read More  by Justin will help you understand the ins and outs of how it works . MiniKeePass is a third-party app developed to help you easily access your KeePass information from your mobile devices. Much like the original KeePass program, the source code for MiniKeePass is readily available so that you can check on the encryption algorithms yourself. MiniKeePass is a no-frills program that offers you a password generator KeePassX & MiniKeePass: A Free, Secure iOS & Mac OS X Password Solution KeePassX & MiniKeePass: A Free, Secure iOS & Mac OS X Password Solution Your options for a truly free and secure password solution that syncs with iOS and OS X are limited, but thankfully a combination of KeyPassX and MiniKeePass makes it possible. Read More , an integrated web browser experience, and Dropbox compatibility.

Security: AES and Twofish algorithms used for data, Touch ID lock option.

Cons: While this app’s no-nonsense approach to password management is part of what attracts many of its users, it also means that it may not have all the features you are looking for. There’s no syncing included, which means you’ll have to import a KeePass file from a cloud storage service each time you update your passwords. That also means you can’t make changes from within the iOS app and sync them with your main machine. In addition, the app tends to be updated less frequently than many other password managers available.



Cost: The app itself, and storage on your device, is Free. For an Unlimited Sync and Backup subscription the cost is $29.99/year.

Best Features: Keeper is one of the most popular apps in this list because of its large array of features (including a password generator, one-click login,  and private file, photo and video storage). The app has an auto logout timer for theft prevention, self-destruct protection, an integrated Apple Watch app, and Touch ID login.

Security: Everything in your vault is encrypted using AES-256 encryption, and the app is TRUSTe and SOC-2 Certified.

Cons: Keeper’s cost is higher than many other apps with similar features, there is no password strength report, and form fills often require multiple steps instead of a single click.


Cost: Free, Premium is $39.99 (in-app purchase)

Best Features: Stores passwords, notes, credit card information, ID details, and itemized receipts in one safe place. Auto-login and strong password generation features are included, you can receive notifications for potential security breaches, and you can instantly change your passwords to make your accounts safer with the “Password Changer” feature. Data can be stored locally or backed up in the cloud, and Dashlane is compatible with Apple Watch.

Security: AES-256 encryption, a Touch-ID lock option, and auto-lock after inactivity.

Cons: Premium is required for instant sync across devices, a secure cloud backup of your passwords, and web app access. Unfortunately, the Dashlane Premium subscription is also one of the more expensive options available.

What is the Best Password Manager for You?

It might seem counter-intuitive to trust your passwords to an app or a browser add-on, but password managers are a safer choice Joe Siegrist of LastPass: The Truth About Your Password Security Joe Siegrist of LastPass: The Truth About Your Password Security Read More  than writing your passwords on scraps of paper or using the same alphanumeric combination for all of your accounts.

When it comes to choosing the password manager app you want to use it will definitely be a matter of personal preference! Explore the apps above and look for the option that best fits your needs with regards to price, security, aesthetics, and function.

Have you used any of the password managers above? What has your experience been? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

  1. Bjørn
    March 22, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Hi Briallyn, thank you for the helpful post. Additionally, I think a table of properties across vendors would be really helpful, including the yearly cost for what you would consider a reasonably full-featured service (for me, syncing across devices is most important).

  2. Konan
    February 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

    hello briallyn smith this is nice

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Konan! I'm glad you found it helpful :)

  3. Lexi Walls
    February 8, 2016 at 3:10 am

    i will be sure to use this

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 8, 2016 at 3:21 am

      That's great, Lexi! I'm glad it was helpful :)

  4. EagleTRL
    February 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I've been using KeePass / MiniKeePass for several years. While not as full featured, I like that it is free and the extra step to keep it synced with my desktop file is easier to deal with than switching.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Eagle :) It's great to hear about your experience with KeePass - I wasn't familiar with it at all before writing this article, and now I'm thinking that I'm going to need to check it out!

  5. Philip A. Runels
    February 5, 2016 at 12:39 am

    There is also an excellent app named DataVault (by Ascendo) that syncs with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Mac, Windows and BlackBerry.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks so much Philip! I hadn't heard of DataVault, but I'll definitely be checking it out :)

  6. John Phillips
    February 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I have tested a number of them and continue to do so. Nothing yet has been able to interest me in switching from Keeper.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, John! Glad Keeper is working so well for you :)

  7. Claire
    February 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I like mSecure. Versions for iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows; all versions talk to each other. Will work with iCloud or Dropbox, or you can keep all the data on one device. Auto-lock, auto-save, password generator, and you can use the TouchID option on an iPhone. 256-bit encryption.

    Not free, but not terribly expensive, and it's a one-time purchase (no subscription necessary).

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks so much Claire! There's a lot to be said for a one-time purchase, and those features look fantastic :) I really appreciate you sharing your experience!

  8. The Monkey
    February 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I love 1password

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      It's really good to hear a vote of support from someone that uses it :)

  9. S Jhones
    February 4, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Hi Briallyn, you must look at Enpass Password Manager. It's a an amazing application. What I like the most is that it's desktop application along with browser extensions is totally free. Anyone who want to use a password manager but can't afford to pay huge amount like 1Password for Mac or tired of paying subscriptions, must give it a try.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'll definitely take a look at Enpass - that sounds great! :)

  10. Nero
    February 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Safe In Cloud is awesome

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, Nero :)

  11. Chandramouli Dorai
    February 3, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Take a look at Zoho Vault. It's simple and free forever.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Chandramouli! I will definitely have to take a look at Zoho Vault!

      • Chandramouli Dorai
        February 4, 2016 at 4:57 am

        Briallyn -

        Thanks for the quick reply. If you need a free demo session, drop us an email at Looking forward to your updated story :)

  12. Ebbe Kristensen
    February 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    An additional advantage of Roboform is that it integrates with Safari on iOS so you can get at least some of the functionality that you have on a PC.
    See here for how to enable it:

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Awesome! Thanks Ebbe for passing that along - that looks excellent!

  13. Garry
    February 3, 2016 at 4:32 am

    You never mentioned Safeincloud and mSecure. I use both. They are cross platform and have desktop apps for Mac and Windows.

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much Garry - that's so good to know! I'll definitely be taking a look at both of those apps :)

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